Call for Proposals to promote Participation of CSOs and Grassroots Organisations

Western Balkans Fund

Relevent Country: United States of America

The Western Balkans Fund is pleased to announce the launch of the sixth call for proposals to promote participation of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and grassroots organisations, in the Western Balkans, to participate in regional cooperation projects on social, cultural, scientific, and economic topics, including gender equality and disability inclusiveness to enhance good neighborly relations and reconciliation.
Areas of Intervention

Based on the WBF statutory provisions, the thematic areas of this Call for Proposal are:
  • Cultural cooperation: Strengthening regional cultural identity and intercultural dialogue in the WB, by enhancing cooperation through cultural initiatives, activities, and projects.
  • Education and Scientific exchanges: Promoting regional projects/activities aiming education development, its growth and its extension, capacity building and mobility, regional scientific and research exchanges, and improvement.
  • Sustainable Development: Advancement of regional cohesion and supporting institutional partnership in sustainable economic development.
  • The proposed action should align with at least one of the priority areas outlined and should attempt to mainstream cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, youth, social inclusion, non-discrimination, and the overall promotion of human rights, democratic standards, anti-discriminatory practices, and good governance, environment, and climate change.
Funding Information
  • Any grant requested under this Call for Proposals must not exceed EUR 15,000.00.
  • The initial planned duration of a project may not be lesser than 3 months, nor exceed 10 months, from the moment of signing of the contract, including Reporting Period including potential non-cost extensions.
  • The applicants of the WBF Sixth Call for Proposal should be located in one of the WBF CP. Activities should take place in the Western Balkans region. In certain circumstances, activities that promote WB beyond the region will be taken into consideration.
Eligibility Criteria

The Lead applicant

To be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
  • be a legal person, (natural persons or entities without legal persons are not eligible,) and
  • be established in one or more of the WBF Contracting Parties, and
  • be non-profitmaking, and
  • Be a specific type of organisation from one of the following categories:
  • A civil society organization (CSO/NGO)
  • A local or regional public entity, or association of local or regional public entities
  • A business association such as: association of enterprises, agriculture association, chamber of commerce, tourism association, etc.
  • An educational institution such as university/faculty, school, institute, library, research centre, academy of science/music/arts, etc.
  • Media associations such as: organizations working with media, journalism, and freedom of expression.
  • An institution of culture or sports such as museums, art galleries, theatres, libraries, or associations of cultural institutions, sport associations, etc.
  • Potential applicants may not participate in the Calls for Proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations facing legal or financial complications, as following:
  • They are bankrupt or having their affairs administered by the courts, have entered an arrangement with creditors, have suspended business activities.
  • They are not in compliance with their obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions and/or the payment of any taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the contracting party in which they are established.
  • They, or persons having powers of representation, decision making or control over them, have been the subject of a judgment which has the force of res judicata for fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organization, money laundering or any other illegal activity.
  • They are directly affiliated to commercial profit.
  • They are involved directly in political campaigning.
  • They exclusively serve to religious purposes.