About the Center
The Civil Society Support Center (CSSC/ “The Center”) is an initiative launched by Impact (formerly “Citizens for Syria”) to develop the capacity of Syrian civil society groups and individuals, in order to be able to operate efficiently and effectively within the post-conflict civil society space.
Established in June 2017, the Center is currently operating through its headquarters in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor provinces. Its offices are managed by a group of local activists and respected community figures who believe in the vital role civil society organizations can play in supporting and rebuilding their communities after the harsh war conditions they suffered.
CSSC follows the “incubation” approach that allows its partner organizations to interact and exchange experiences and resources within its common workspaces. The Center provides a full range of services including training and coaching programs, consultancy and technical support, networking and advocacy programs, as well as establishing positive relationships with local administrations and international stakeholders. Additionally, the Center offers limited grants to support small community projects in those areas most affected by the war.
To date, CSSC’s various programs have benefited more than 7350 members of local organizations; these organizations have been selected according to well-thought-out criteria based on the most basic needs of the community— without regard to ethnic or sectarian backgrounds.