CALL FOR PROJECT PROPOSALS
Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BST) is launching a new call for proposals. The purpose of the call is to support civic initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe meant to bolster civil society, democratic processes and citizen involvement in decision making, as well as to address some of the obstacles in further democratic development of the region.
Projects should be initiated by civil society organizations legally registered in one of the following countries: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and Slovenia. The involvement of additional partners, especially those from the wider Black Sea area and Western Balkans, is possible and welcome.
Projects working in the following areas would be especially appreciated:
- Fostering dialogue between citizens, groups and public institutions. Locally based projects or those connecting various geographies are welcome. Projects partnering capital-based organizations and those outside of the capital are preferred. Projects should prove a substantial involvement of all partners.
- Combating xenophobia, islamophobia and anti-Semitism. Projects involving one or several partners are preferred.
- Advancing media and information literacy. Projects connecting these to influence of foreign actors in the region are welcome.
- Support to civic initiatives of young people. Projects submitted by groups of young people (under 35) are preferred.
Projects should be exemplary, make use of innovative outreach means and have a realistic and economical budget calculation.
The average grant will be $24,999 USD. Multilateral projects may exceed that amount in exceptional cases.
In order to submit a project proposal, organizations must complete the forms below, in English only:
Only proposals submitted using these forms will be taken into consideration.
Project proposals must be submitted by October 1st, 2017, at 18:00 EET.
Project proposals must be sent to email@example.com.
The minimum duration of a project is 6 months and the maximum duration is 12 months.
Decisions regarding selection and funding of projects with a budget of maximum $24,999 will be taken by December 1st, 2017.
Decisions regarding selection and funding of projects with a budget above $24,999 will be taken by December 15th, 2017.
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2017-2018 Call for Project Proposals
The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation announces the new “Confidence Building – a joint initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Black Sea Trust” call for project proposals.
Two different application deadlines are available in the 2017 - 2018 call:
- May 26, 2017, for projects completed and reported to BST by July 2018;
- September 29, 2017, for projects completed and reported to BST by July 2018.
To learn more, please read the full call for proposals in the section below.
Confidence Building – a joint initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Black Sea Trust
The Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation of the German Marshall Fund (BST) are continuing their joint funding initiative to support confidence building activities of non-state actors in the South Caucasus, Ukraine and Moldova, and its neighboring countries. The partners are convinced that civil society can make a valuable contribution to the process of confidence building, mutual understanding and reconciliation between populations in territories presently of recently involved in (armed) conflicts. This initiative is designed to encourage grantees to investigate new ways, methods and approaches for fostering mutual understanding.
The projects should be initiated by civil society organizations which can effectively engage target audiences within the population of the region in their projects’ activities. Organizations requesting grants must be legally registered in one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine. The involvement of additional partners (especially those from the EU) is possible and welcome.
Projects working in the following areas would be especially appreciated:
- approaches to build and/or strengthen local, regional and national capacities to promote coexistence and reintegration;
- cross-border initiatives for youth;
- approaches to civic education or active citizenship;
- approaches to reconciliation and peace that incorporate experiences from history and convey them to the younger generation;
- arts and cultural work to advance peace and reconciliation;
- the role of media in overcoming stereotypes.
A special emphasis is placed on multilateral initiatives and those that reach out to the neighboring countries.
Projects should be exemplary, make use of novel and innovative means of building trust, and have a realistic and economical budget calculation.
BST and RBSG encourage applicants to be creative and bold. Project ideas can focus on creating various platforms (environment, music, sports, etc.) that bring together people from territories involved in conflicts, on facilitating contacts between state actors in the South Caucasus and the surrounding regions in non-formal settings, on using different media tools (traditional and/ or new) to foster mutual understanding, etc.
The average grant will be around 23,000 USD (about 18,000 EUR). Multilateral projects may exceed that amount in exceptional cases.
Application and Selection
The entire program administration is carried out by BST on behalf of both partners.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation invite interested organizations to apply per the below mentioned contact information.
Decisions about selection and funding of the submitted projects will be taken jointly by representatives of both donors.
A grant letter to the selected projects will be issued by the end of July 2017, and respectively, December 2017.
Applicants are strongly advised to submit proposals for projects that will take longer than 6 months in the May 2017 call.
Applications have to be sent to email@example.com
Two different application deadlines are offered in the 2017 - 2018 Call. The partners recommend applying in spring since funds are limited.
1) For the May 26, 2017 deadline, interested organizations are invited to submit project proposals from April 20, 2017 until May 26, 2017 at 18:00 in Bucharest, Romania (UTC+3:00).
The projects must be completed and reported to BST by July 2018. The maximum duration of the project should not exceed 11 months.
2) For the September 29, 2017 deadline, interested organizations are invited to submit project proposals only from August 1, 2017 until September 29, 2017, at 18:00 in Bucharest, Romania (UTC+3:00).
The projects must be completed and reported to BST by July 2018. The maximum duration of the project should not exceed 6 months.
Project proposals must be submitted in English only, using the application and budget forms from BST’s webpage:
Grantees must submit the final reports in English only, using the two forms below from BST’s webpage:
Interested parties may consult the following contact persons, who are prepared to provide advanced consultation if needed:
Mehriban Rahimli – BST representative for Azerbaijan and Georgia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ana Aelenei – BST representative for Ukraine (email@example.com)
Dinu Toderascu – BST representative for Moldova, Armenia, and Bulgaria (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Maria Florea – BST representative for Romania (email@example.com)
BST and RBSG encourage the applicants seeking to develop projects that may exceed the maximum duration and budget to contact BST representatives for consultations.