Changes in Grantmaking Procedures:
Since 2013, BTD awards grants to supports projects addressing themes of democracy and good governance, policy dialogue and networking and regional cooperation and European integration. Priority areas within these themes include:
- Civic Engagement
- Youth Leadership and Empowerment
- Government Accountability and Transparency
- Culture of Giving
- Dialogue and Reconciliation
Supported projects typically achieve their goals through: public debate; leadership development; policy work; civic education; mechanisms; advocacy; monitoring; implementation and enforcement; shared objectives; best practices; networks; re-granting; reconciliation.
BTD’s grantmaking activities focus primarily on six countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. BTD also support relevant regional initiatives that include civil society stakeholders from Western and Eastern Europe, and in particular those based in Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania.
Since 2013, BTD no longer accepts unsolicited proposals.
Organizations that are interested in receiving BTD funding are welcome to send a brief email in English (no more than 3 paragraphs) outlining the project idea and approximate budget amount to firstname.lastname@example.org. BTD does not recommend that organizations develop full project proposals unless invited to do so by BTD program staff.
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