The programs serve the establishment and strengthening of Hungarian communities beyond the motherland, all for the purpose of raising national awareness and to bolster national unity.
100 million HUF for the support of Hungarian communities outside of the motherland
100 million HUF is given to youth organizations outside of Hungary. Civil and religious organizations can apply for the support of their youth programs until 18 March – said Árpád János Potápi, State Secretary of national policy, on Wednesday in Budapest.
The program is open for applications with all sorts of activities within the scope of culture, folklore, tradition and community.
The only requirement is that the activities’ target group are individuals between 15 and 29 years of age. The non-refundable support can range from 600 thousand to 2 million HUF, no down payment required.
The objective of the program is the support of Hungarian community life beyond the motherland. The application can be found on the website of the Bethlen Gábor Alap foundation, www.bgazrt.hu.
The State Secretary said that one of the results of the program was the discovery of unknown Hungarian communities in the world, as in Argentina. Toronto saw the birth of child and youth magazines, yearbooks got published on a number of places covering the communities’ history, while in the US, new boyscout groups were formed. A lot of Hungarian weekend schools started their work, presently, their number is over 200. Hungarian communities beyond the motherland strengthened, Macedonia saw the restart of Hungarian language education, Sarajevo got enriched by a Hungarian community house – he said.
Owing to the large demand, both programs will see an increase in the number of scholarships, said Government Commissioner István Grezsa: the SKCP will have 115 scholarships for the program year of 2017/2018, 15 more than last year, while the SPP will have 65 scholarships (until now, this number was only 50-51). Last year, there were over 800 applications, added Árpád János Potápi, who expects increased numbers this year as well.
With the increase of scholarships, the sholarship’s amount unfortunately has to be lowered, SKCP will have a monthly scholarship of 550 thousand HUF, while the SPP 400 thousand HUF – said István Grezsa. The budget of the entire program stays the same, 1,5 billion HUF.
Applicants should be at least 20 years old, with no previous criminal background, having a finished high school or faculty, fostering admirable capabilities which can improve the Hungarian communities’ life, and who are a part of (but not necessarily) folklore and cultural communities within the Hungarian diaspora (boyscout, pedagogue, teacher of Hungarian as a foreign language, folklore teacher, media professional, librarian, archivist or catechist).
The State Secretariat is not only waiting for applications from Hungary, but are expecting an increased number of applications coming from abroad, as was the custom until now. In 2016, for example, a girl from Uruguay travelled to Upper Hungary, a young man form Senta to Sydney, a girl from Uzhhorod to Buenos Aires, a young man from Târgu Secuiesc to Cleveland, and a boy from Ceangăii to Vienna.
The SKCP will again support in the program year of 2017/2018 the travel of scholraship holders to Hungarian communities around the globe, to one of the 24 countries on 5 continents. Compared to previous years, no new country has applied, but in all others where the program has ran, communities are still ready to welcome scholarship holders.
The scope of the SPP stays the same, within the boundaries of the once Austro-Hungarian Empire, reaching out to Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and the South of Poland. 2016 saw the entrance of 5 new settlements, 2017 is also ready to embrace new members; scholarship holders may now get to Rimavská Sobota, Senec, Cestice, Maradik, Vršac, Sibiu, Petroșani and Hălmeag.
The program year of SKCP is as of last year, in the Southern hemisphere 6 months (summer and fall of 2017) and in the Northern hemisphere 9 months (from September 2017 to June 2018), while the SPP also offers 9 months (from September 2017 to June 2018).
Those who have already participated in these programs are able to win the scholarships a maximum of two times in a five year period.
Applications are open from 15 February, and can be found on the following web pages: www.nemzetiregiszter.hu, www.korosiprogram.hu and www.petofiprogram.hu. The deadline for applications is 15 March.