The local competition in Greece is organised by a partnership between two civil society organisations:
HIGGS is the 1st Incubator and Accelerator for non-profit organizations in Greece, established in 2015 with a founding donation by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Its mission is to change how non-profits operate in order to become more efficient, sustainable and transparent. To that end, HIGGS has adapted the incubation & acceleration model, especially to Greek non-profits, through our free of charge for NPOs capacity building programs. HIGGS programs offer training by experts, tailor-made advisory services, access to co-working spaces and offices at the HIGGS building, events, networking, as well as connection with non-profits, media and donors, creating a hub where NPOs can work and develop their operations. Since its operation, HIGGS has supported 136 non-profits from all over Greece that have secured over 10.000.000€ in funding and have created more than 634 new job positions.
HumanRights360 is a civil society organization established in Greece in 2017. In HumanRights360, we believe that the cornerstone of integration is the access to basic rights and that, only by protecting the individual, political and social rights of the whole population and by ensuring access to rights and justice, can we achieve social cohesion.
The ‘Green Ideas Greece 2020’ competition is organized for the first time in Greece in the context of the ‘Balkan Green Ideas’ competition. It aims to stimulate and encourage innovation for green ideas while engaging local communities to generate green initiatives that utilize local resources and community-based markets. Initiatives/ideas that fit the criteria can apply online. The application process will be open during March and April. Applicants can apply for two categories: Category (a) ‘New ideas’, is for individuals or citizen groups without a registered legal entity, and Category (b) ‘Early Stage Initiatives’ is for registered legal entities. An independent selection committee will choose ten ideas, 3 from category (a) and 7 from category (b) which will compete in the local competition, where an independent jury will select three ideas - 1 from category (a) and 2 from category (b) - which will receive a cash prize and capacity building support. The three winning ideas will participate in the regional ‘Balkan Green Ideas’ Competition.
National lead contact persons:
Alexandra Emirza HIGGS