Non-governmental sector organisations are being invited to participate in the training program 'NGO Academy 2021/2022'

'NGO Academy', a year-old capacity building program run by the 'Active Citizens Fund', is starting its second year and inviting everyone to participate. After the graduation of 13 organisations this spring, we are inviting other organisations to participate in the learning process, starting this autumn, which aims to provide all participants with a chance to become change makers in their organisations and communities.

The NGO Academy study module consists of two stages:

●      The first stage is intensive online training that will take place from the 15th - 17th of September 2021. Participating in the first stage training is a mandatory condition to everyone wanting to take part in the second stage half year long training program.

●      The second stage is the half year long training program. 2 or 3 participants from the organisation will be able to choose to participate in one of the two programs consisting of 5 modules: 'Social leaders' or 'Social entrepreneurship' program. Each program lasts 6 months.

The value of the study program per organisation is 4000 EUR.

Terms and conditions for first stage intensive training participants:

●      1 representative individual per organisation.

●      Participating organisations have to have at least 2-3 staff members and/or volunteers.

●      The representative individual has to be a leading worker of the organisation, with the power to make decisions concerning the management of the organisation.

●      Priority will be given to organisations that implement their activities at the local level and/or those who work with ethnic minority communities.

All candidates have to fill the online registration form before the 20th of August.

The chosen participants will be informed using email details provided in the online registration form.

'NGO Academy. 2020/2021' graduates: NGO 'Ne imti, bet duoti' (Vilnius region), NGO 'Socialinės terapijos namai' (Kaunas region), Vilnius children and young people diabetes club 'DIABITĖ' (Vilnius city), family and individual development centre 'Bendrakeleiviai' (Vilnius city), asociation 'Lietuvos skeptiškas jaunimas' (Kaunas city), asociation 'Klaipėdiečių iniciatyva už demokratiją ir ekologiją'(Klaipėda city), NGO 'Būk su manimi' (Mažeikiai region, Bugeniai – Krakiai villages), NGO 'Šv. Jono vaikai'(Trakai region), NGO 'Pasaulio piliečių akademija'(Kaunas city), NGO family center 'Būkime kartu'(Kaunas city and region), NGO 'Gerumo skraistė' (Alytus city), NGO 'Kūrybos ir užimtumo stuba'(Zapyškis village) ir NGO 'Darni socialinė raida' (Vilnius city).


17 Sep, 2020 

In September 2020, capacity building program SIEKIO ID was launched, opening two learning opportunities for people from the NGO sector:

  • participation in short info seminars “Information hour for NGOs”, that will be led by the experts from various or actual NGO related fields (a possibility to receive prompt answers to one‘s questions will be offered);
  • long-term learning program “NGO Academy”, consisting of the intense training and two optional modules – Social Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship.

An introductory course to the NGO Academy took place online on September 10–12, 2020. Representatives of 50 NGOs from all over Lithuania, all willing to learn and best meeting selection criteria, were selected out of 150 candidates.

During the training three future lecturers of the learning programs‘ modules – Agnesta FilatovėDonatas Ramonas and Algirdas Orantas – introduced the key aspects of their modules; the participants got acquainted with the theory of change and delved into the problems, challenges and needs of their organizations, looked for the most suitable solutions, got acquainted in detail with the NGO Academy program.

More information on the next phase of the program can be found here. Here you can enter text or insert images or tables, if necessary.


13 Oct, 2020

A second phase of the Capacity Building Programme  "SIEKIO ID. NGO ACADEMY" by the Active Citizens Fund – a Programme of modules – started on 13 October 2020. The following organisations have been selected to participate in the Social Entrepreneurship Programme:  "Ne imti, bet duoti", PE (Vilnius region), "Socialinės terapijos namai", PE (Kaunas region), Diabetes club for children and young people "DIABITĖ" (Vilnius), Family and personal development center "Bendrakeleiviai" (Vilnius), Association  "Lietuvos skeptiškas jaunimas" (Kaunas), Association  "Klaipėdiečių iniciatyva už demokratiją ir ekologiją" (Klaipėda). These organisations, with the support of the experts in their field, will explore topics related to the strategic planning/management of organisations, leadership, volunteering and community engagement, project literacy of and financial sustainability organisations, as well as communication.

The following organisations will take part in the Social Entrepreneurship Programme: "Būk su manimi", PE (Mažeikiai district elderate: Bugeniai – Krakiai), "Šv. Jono vaikai", PE (Trakai region), "Global Citizens‘ Academy", PE (Kaunas), Family Center "Būkime kartu", PE (Kaunas city and district), "Gerumo skraistė", PE (Alytus), "Kūrybos ir užimtumo stuba", PE (Zapyškis) ir "Darni socialinė raida", PE (Vilnius). Professional lecturers will present to the participants of the Programme such topics as the financial model of the organisation, the adaptation of the social entrepreneurship model to NGOs, marketing and communication, as well as strategic management.

Within 6 months the participants of the NGO Academy will complete 5 thematic modules via online learning. Teams of organisations are to be consulted by lecturers. After completing each module, organisations will have a practical result of a specific topic prepared.

The organisations that completed the first phase of the Capacity Building Programme (the intensive training) gave the following feedback: "Now I understand where to start! I understand how a foundation is laid out, how a house is built! I realised that goals and solutions must be specific, tangible and achievable. Hyperbolically speaking, when someone cries for help in a street, there is no need to run and save the whole world. The responsibility that we carry for our communities makes a powerful argument in the activities of the NGO sector."