The Roma are one minority group who face widespread discrimination, unequal treatment and a lack of basic services – housing, employment, education and welfare – despite constitutionally guaranteed equal rights. Discrimination in access to basic amenities blights many Roma communities, in particular in Central and Eastern Europe.
With the support of UEFA, the Football against Racism in Europe (FARE) network seeks to continue the work with the Roma minority, adults as well as children, and therefore launches a small grants programme aiming at the support of Roma inclusion initiatives.
The FARE Call for Roma Inclusion Projects aims to help tackle the exclusion of Roma communities through the medium of football and address Roma discrimination through football.
Grass-roots organisations – preferably run by Roma – are encouraged to apply for small grants. The deadline is 31 July 2010. The average amount per grant is 4.000 €. FARE intends to lend financial support to 5 to 8 projects.
Goals of the Call
• Empower grass-roots organisations – preferably run by Roma – to use football as a tool to foster the social inclusion of Roma
• Support the integration of Roma teams and players into mainstream football
• Strengthen and raise the capacity of football-related grassroots organisations to challenge discrimination on a local level
• Use football as an instrument of intercultural dialogue and understanding between minority and majority populations
• Seek new and innovative projects that develop the activities of the FARE network
Types of activities to be supported include intercultural football events and tournaments involving Roma and non-Roma teams, educational and coaching initiatives, organisation of round-tables and debates, as well as anti-racism initiatives in and around football grounds, together with clubs, associations or fan groups.