Balkan Trust for Democracy
Dear Partners and Potential Applicants,
The Balkan Trust for Democracy original ten-year mandate came to an end in May 2013. As of June 1, 2013, the BTD is undergoing structural changes that affect both BTD's geographic coverage and grantmaking scope.
As a part of this transition, the BTD is no longer accepting unsolicited project proposals. Organizations that are interested in receiving BTD funding are welcome to send a brief email (no more than three paragraphs) outlining the project idea to firstname.lastname@example.org. BTD does not recommend that organizations develop full project proposals unless invited to do so by BTD program staff.
BTD’s grantmaking activities will now focus primarily on six countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. BTD may 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. However, national level projects within Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, and Romania are no longer eligible for BTD funding consideration.
As BTD completes its restructuring over the summer of 2013, updates on the new grantmaking framework and thematic priorities will be provided through this website.
History of BTD: 2003-13
The Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) has been for the last ten years a $36-million grantmaking initiative that supports democracy, good governance, and Euroatlantic integration in Southeastern Europe. This award-winning public-private partnership was created in 2003 by GMF, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. BTD has operated with a small, experienced staff that has actively sought out and incorporated expertise from a wide variety of partners. These experts, along with GMF staff, have made up the grantmaking committee that reviews proposals to ensure that BTD’s programs are effective, responsive to local needs, and complementary to other initiatives supported by the international community. An Advisory Board of experts from Southeastern Europe and key international organizations has guided the Balkan Trust for Democracy’s strategic development.
BTD has been structured to allow both European and U.S. partners to join the effort to strengthen transatlantic cooperation in the Balkans. Since its founding, additional contributions from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Belgrade, Compagnia di San Paolo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Robert Bosch Foundation, Foreign Commonwealth Office of the British Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and Communitas Foundation (formerly Tipping Point Foundation) have made BTD a true transatlantic partnership.
Operating from the German Marshall Fund's Belgrade office, BTD has awarded grants in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. BTD has also supported regional grants to organizations promoting the benefits of a pan-Balkan network.
In addition to grantmaking, the Balkan Trust for Democracy has continually worked to accelerate the region's integration into Euroatlantic structures and to raise the profile of the Balkans. Together with GMF's Washington Headquarters and its other European offices, BTD has connected local actors with European Union, U.S., and international individuals and institutions in order to build networks and consensus on Balkan issues from a broader, multi-stakeholder perspective.
Film tells the story of reconciliation between the Serbian anti-aircraft officer and the U.S. pilot he shot down during the NATO intervention in Kosovo.
The Institute for Public Policy (Romania) and its partner, Green Policy Institute (Bulgaria), have published a comparative report on the transparency and effectiveness of the use of EU Structural Funds in Romania and Bulgaria, available here. Despite large allocations from EU Structural Funds for the period 2007-2013
On June 30, 20 young people completed an intensive ten-month course in Leadership Development and Youth Work, organized by Urban In (Novi Pazar) and the Center for Youth Work (Novi Sad) with support from BTD and the British Embassy in Belgrade.
On June 11, the Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza," supported by BTD, organized a regional conference under the theme "Balkan Policies for Green Economic Growth."