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Factsheet for measure BG-2020-14/1458 – Updated – measures in Bulgaria
|Country||Bulgaria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 30 March 2020 – 02 June 2020|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
|Author||Eva Dimitrova (Eurofound)|
|Measure added||25 November 2020 (updated 01 December 2020)|
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.
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 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.
Single parents in employment
Workers in care facilities
Workers in essential services
The COVID-19 risk group
Company / Companies
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Public support service providers
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:
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.
The social partners have described the project as positive and successful.
Eurofound (2020), United against COVID-19: Campaign to fund projects for vulnerable people, measure BG-2020-14/1458 (measures in Bulgaria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BG-2020-14_1458.html
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