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Factsheet for case BG-2020-14/1458 Updated – measures in Bulgaria

United against COVID-19: Campaign to fund projects for vulnerable people

Обединени срещу COVID-19

Country Bulgaria , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 30 March 2020 – 02 June 2020
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
Author Eva Dimitrova (Eurofound)
Case created 25 November 2020 (updated 01 December 2020)

Background information

A joint initiative of Bulgarian Donors' Forum, America for Bulgaria Foundation, United States Embassy in Sofia and American Chamber of Commerce Bulgaria has supported vulnerable groups (elderly, children, students) with around BGN 1 million (€500,000) during the first three months of the COVID-19 epidemic in Bulgaria.

The money was collected on donation basis; it is provided by large companies such as Coca-Cola Foundation, the America for Bulgaria Foundation, ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3, NEPI Rockcastle, the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation, ING Bank N .V., Progress Software, Citibank Bulgaria, Johnson & Johnson Bulgaria, UniCredit Bulbank, Glavbolgarstroy Holding, MSD Bulgaria, TELUS International Europe, Trust for Social Alternative Foundation, AES - 3C Maritsa Iztok 1, Paraflow Communications, Mylan, EXL Service Bulgaria, Blagotvoritel Foundation, AIG Europe SA (Bulgaria branch), Fadata, Club Green Step, Titan Machinery Bulgaria, Tribal Worldwide and many individuals.

Content of measure

The project provided resources to organisations that engage with the most vulnerable community members such as isolated elderly people, children and youth in need, single parents, victims of domestic violence, homeless people, those with chronic illnesses, persons with special needs, resident care homes, doctors and medical workers, among others.

The support range for each project varies from BGN 5,000 (€2,500) – 10,000 (€5,000), based on scope and relevance of needs. Grants are given to non-governmental organisations, social enterprises, micro and small businesses, and local culture houses and libraries.

The initiative does not support individual or family requests, nor direct business needs.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

20 November 2020

Two of the parties that were managing the initiative announced a follow-up project in November 2020.

The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria and the America for Bulgaria Foundation want to support Bulgarian hospitals and communities with additional USD 1 million (€838,375 as of 27 November 2020).

The follow-up project has already provided over 7,000 PCR test kits to regional health inspections. Other projects will follow.

Use of measure

The initiative announce that it has supported 112 medical institutions, non-governmental organisations, municipalities, community centres, schools, micro and small companies with a total of BGN 1,006,475 (€503,000).

The maximum amount allocated for one project is BGN 10,000 (€5,000). The project provided medical equipment, equipment and protective equipment needed to serve patients with coronavirus, as well as food, medicine and protective equipment for vulnerable groups.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Single parents in employment
Workers in care facilities
Workers in essential services
Older citizens
Children (minors)
Single parents
The COVID-19 risk group

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Public support service providers

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


The project is a collaboration between different NGOs, companies, Embassy of the United States, America for Bulgaria Foundation and the American Chamber of Commerce Bulgaria.

Local authorities were not involved in the design of the measure, but some public institutions received funding for carrying out community projects.

Views and reactions

The social partners have described the project as positive and successful.



Eurofound (2020), United against COVID-19: Campaign to fund projects for vulnerable people, case BG-2020-14/1458 (measures in Bulgaria), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.