Hospitals, civic organizations, community centers, and small businesses may submit project proposals for the second round of funding until 6 pm on April 27, 2020.
The United against COVID-19 Fund will provide financial support to 74 projects in 61 locations in Bulgaria following the first round of applications, which ended on April 16. The beneficiaries include hospitals, civic organizations, community centers, and social enterprises. A total of 673,984 levs will be allocated among the projects. The maximum amount allocated is 10,000 levs.
Most of the funding will be provided to 25 municipal hospitals and medical centers in small towns to purchase medical and protective equipment to treat patients affected by COVID-19.
In addition, the Fund will support 24 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in villages and small towns. These organizations are helping the most vulnerable groups, including children as well as the elderly, sick, unemployed, and impoverished. The projects will provide food, medicines, and protective equipment to these populations.
The Fund will also help 12 municipalities, seven community centers, five micro-businesses, and one school to implement emergency measures against COVID-19.
United against COVID-19 was established at the initiative of the Bulgarian Donors’ Forum, the America for Bulgaria Foundation, the US Embassy in Bulgaria, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria to support local communities in Bulgaria affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund has raised 945,000 levs so far.
The Fund reviewed 437 applications from April 10 to April 16. Most of the applications (183) were from NGOs, followed by municipalities and community centers. Forty-three hospitals and 18 medical institutions also applied to the Fund. Most applications came from small cities.
The full list of approved projects can be found here.
As part of the second round, the Fund is still accepting applications until 6 pm on April 27, 2020. Applicants must complete the online application form on the United against COVID-19 website: www.United4BG.org.
The partners wish to thank the generous donors: Coca-Cola Foundation, America for Bulgaria Foundation, ContourGlobal Maritza East 3, NEPI Rockcastle, Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation, ING Bank NV, Progress Software, Citibank, Johnson & Johnson Bulgaria, UniCredit Bulbank, Glavbolgarstroy Holding, TELUS International Europe, Tsetska and Grozdan Karadjovi, Svetozar Georgiev, Trust for Social Achievement, AES 3C Maritza Iztok 1, Paraflow Communications, Mylan, Blagotvoritel Foundation, AIG Europe SA (Bulgaria branch), Fadata, Rossen Ivanov, Krassimir Nenov, and Titan Machinery Bulgaria.
Those who wish to help in the efforts to end the crisis can do so at the following bank account:
United Bulgarian Bank
Bulgarian Donors’ Forum