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Cabinet announces social and cultural grants for Roma communities

Social and cultural needs of members of the Roma community are the focus of an allocation of €833,878 that the Slovak cabinet recently approved for grant applications to support social and cultural needs and to resolve disadvantageous situations in the Roma community, the SITA newswire wrote.

Social and cultural needs of members of the Roma community are the focus of an allocation of €833,878 that the Slovak cabinet recently approved for grant applications to support social and cultural needs and to resolve disadvantageous situations in the Roma community, the SITA newswire wrote.

The coordinator of the call is the Office of the Cabinet Proxy for Roma Communities and applications can be submitted until August 3. Applicants must prove that they have at least 5 percent co-financing for the project from either their own or from other resources, Iveta Duchoňová of the proxy's office told SITA.

Applicants can apply for funds for efforts such as establishing a community centre, technical equipment for low-standard housing, repairs and reconstruction of homes, project documentation, support for establishing bus stops near Roma communities and for establishing fuel-storage facilities near low-standard housing facilities, as well as support of education and culture.

In 2010, over €900,000 was allocated for these purposes and the year before it was €1.2 million.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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