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The Balkan Trust for Democracy’s financial and technical assistance for this sub-granting process is part of the larger Norwegian efforts to support North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

This page was updated on 12/16/19.
 

THE PURPOSE OF THE CALL

The firm prospect of EU membership remains the driver of transformation and anchor of stability and security in the countries of the Western Balkans. Enlargement policy continues to deliver results and reforms are moving forward in most countries, albeit at different speeds. Given the complex nature of the necessary reforms, it is a long-term process and structural shortcomings persist, notably in the key areas of rule of law and economy. The Balkan Trust for Democracy of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF BTD) and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade (RNE) aim to contribute to the implementation of the reform processes by opening this call. 

The overall goal of this call is to contribute to the democratic consolidation, institutional reform, and lasting peace and stability of North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, by supporting CSOs’ initiatives geared toward Euro-Atlantic integration processes focused on specific EU negotiation chapters:

Chapter 5: Public procurement
Chapter 8: Competition policy
Chapter 10: Information society and media
Chapter 15: Energy
Chapter 23: Judiciary and fundamental rights
Chapter 24: Justice, freedom and security
Chapter 27: Environment
Chapter 31: Foreign, Security and Defence Policy
Chapter 32: Financial control
Chapter 35: Other issues — Normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo 
(for Serbia only).

Norwegian development assistance is guided by four crosscutting considerations: human rights, women’s rights and equality, climate and environment, and anti-corruption.  
 

Open call for proposals includes three lots:

LOT 1: Support to CSOs for organization of strategic convening/events focused on specific negotiation chapter/s

Any grant requested under this call must be up to maximum amount: 20, 000 EUR

Duration of the proposed activities: Project implementation period is up to 6 months.

LOT 2: Support to CSOs for initiatives geared toward EU integration processes focused on specific negotiation chapter/s

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • minimum amount: 20,000 EUR
  • maximum amount: 100,000 EUR

Duration of the proposed activities: Project implementation period is up to 12 months.

LOT 3: Support to CSOs coalitions/networks for initiatives geared toward EU integration processes focused on specific negotiation chapter/s

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • minimum amount: 100,000 EUR
  • maximum amount: 200,000 EUR

Duration of the proposed activities: Project implementation period is from 18 to 24 months.
 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Eligibility: Only civil society organizations (CSOs) from North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia may apply to this call for project proposals as applicants. The applicant must be registered in one of three countries.

Partnerships: Organizations may apply individually or in partnership with other civil society organizations (CSO) eligible under this call for proposals.

Eligible geographic coverage: Proposed activities must take place on the territory of North Macedonia and/or Montenegro and/or Serbia. Exceptions will be made for activities related to Chapter 35 — CSOs need to be registered in one of the three countries but limited number of activities may take place in Kosovo. Projects with cross-border activities among these countries are also eligible.

For all lots: Visibility

The applicants must take all necessary steps to publicize the fact that the GMF BTD and the RNE in Belgrade has financed or co-financed the project. Projects that are wholly or partially funded by the GMF BTD/RNE must incorporate information and communication activities designed to raise the awareness of specific or general audiences of the reasons for the action and the support for the action in the country or region concerned, as well as the results and the impact of this support.

Information on awarded projects will be published on BTD website.
 

THE APPLICATION

The call for project proposals will be open from the day of publishing and proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

Project proposals must be submitted on the provided application forms, in English language only.

The application documentation consists of the following mandatory documents: 

Should you have any questions regarding the Call, please send an email to [email protected] with subject line “SEUI_MMS, [name of organization], [country].” No phone calls please. 
 

PROCEDURE

Applications must be sent via e-mail to: [email protected] with subject line “SEUI_MMS [LOT number], [name of organization], [country].”

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. The applicant will get e-mail confirmation of receipt upon submission of complete application documentation. Do not send any additional documentation, it will not be opened or reviewed.

All applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis and applicants will be notified of the final decision.

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