Accelerator & Accelerator Plus

1. Accelerator Program

We all, the HIGGS team and our specialized partners, are at your disposal on a daily basis to provide you with support and counseling on issues related to the development of your proposals and the overall operation of the organization which you represent.

What is more, our experienced external associates (lawyers, tax consultants, accountants, Marketing and Communication experts), may advise you individually or in groups on significant issues that concern you.

More specifically, the services provided in the Accelerator program are the following:

  • Tailor-made educational seminars based on the NPOs’ needs.
  • Daily support on the development of fundraising proposals directed to domestic and international donors.
  • Skype calls with international Nonprofit Organizations for the exchange of views, experiences and the presentation of best practices.
  • Networking with major NPOs operating in Greece and abroad.
  • Liaison with the Nonprofit Organizations participating in the Incubator program for the submission of joint fundraising proposals.

2. Accelerator Plus Program

Our experience has shown that even successful and experienced organizations that have received funding and have implemented programs have not shaped their strategy. This often reflects significant shortcomings in the operations of an organization and it is directly related to the lack of a fundraising plan.

Accelerator Plus has been designed in order to meet these needs, as it is a 4-month program that combines training and counseling by emphasizing on 3 critical points for organizations:

1) Strategy
2) Organization
3) Fundraising

As with Accelerator, organizations participating in the Accelerator Plus have access to our network of external partners with whom they can arrange meetings on the following topics:
– Legal issues
– Accounting issues
– Marketing & Communication
– Facebook / Website
– Volunteer Recruitment/Management
– Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

* All Accelerator and Accelerator Plus participants can use HIGGS meeting rooms and event venue free of charge.

Important Dates

Application Deadline for the Accelerator Program: –

Start date of the 10th cycle of the Accelerator Program:
Monday 01 July 2019


All participants in the Accelerator & Accelerator Plus programs have to attend the training seminar provided by HIGGS which takes place during the first 3 weeks of their presence in the organization.

The training program has been especially designed for the Nonprofit Organizations operating in Greece and lasts for 3 weeks, totally 80 hours, covering 16 thematic areas. Its aim is to provide the appropriate skills and necessary knowledge that will add value to the NPOs’ operation in general, and more specifically, to the development of successful funding proposals.

The courses

The thematic areas of the training courses include:

  • Funding Sources
  • Funding from International Donors–European Funds
  • Project Life Cycle
  • Designing a Project
  • Project Team Management
  • Volunteer Management
  • Networking
  • Logical Framework
  • Timeplan & WPs Sequencing
  • Budgeting
  • Proposal Writing
  • Project Implementation
  • Project Monitoring Techniques
  • Project Evaluation
  • Μarketing Techniques
  • Legal Issues

The Accelerator Plus includes also the following courses:

  • Business Plan
  • Strategic Plan
  • Fundraising Plan
  • Sustainability Plan

Course hours

The duration of the training program |bootcamp| is 80 hours and it lasts 3 weeks (the bootcamp of the first 7 cycles of Accelerator lasted 1 month). The first two weeks include morning lessons |10:00 – 16:00|, while the third one includes afternoon lessons |17:00-20:30|.


Upon completion of the third and last week, participants have to take an examination which aims to evaluate whether they have acquired a comprehensive knowledge of what they have been taughtFollowing your successful result in the exam, you receive a certificate of attendance which can be included in your personal resume as well as in your organization’s credentials.

Additional training courses and customized workshops are provided both in the Ιncubator and Accelerator programs based on the individual needs and level of each participating NGO.

Submission Instructions

The organizations participating in the Accelerator program are selected based on the fundraising proposal that they submit. We focus only on small or medium-sized Nonprofit Organizations with at least 2 years of operation and a maximum number of 40 permanent and full-time employees.

Concept Quality: convincing vision and implementation plan


Experience and Skills of the Implementation Team


Creation of New Job Opportunities


Implementation Methodology


Proposal Maturity


Implementation Partnership


Application Form

Name of the Organization and Project Title
The title should include the main point of the project briefly and concisely

Background / Indicate the problem / Refer to the necessity of the project - (up to 700 characters)
A brief summary for the necessity of the project by providing the relevant evidence and explain how your organization / partnership has the qualifications to address this necessity.


Purpose and immediate objectives of the project - (up to 900 characters)
Write down all the immediate and long-term objectives


Activities - (up to 800 characters)
Describe concisely every main action


Outcomes - (up to 1000 characters)
List the expected outcomes of the project |refer also to the potential job opportunities that may arise|


Project management - (up to 1500 characters)
Indicate briefly how you will manage, monitor and evaluate the project


Cost calculation
Indicate the amount of money required and any other potential source of funding

The profile of the organization/partnership - (up to 800 characters)
Describe briefly the objectives of the organization/partnership and its actions as well as their main outcomes. Refer concisely to the structure of the organization/partnership: workforce and competences/skills/knowledge


Contact Person

Full Name

Name of the Organization

Phone number


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