12. mart 2018

Norveško ministartvo vanjskih poslova - Grantovi na zapadni Balkan 2018


Deadline: 17 April 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced a call for proposals under the grant scheme for the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia).

This announcement does not apply to country-specific initiatives in Macedonia and Montenegro. However, these countries can take part in regional/cross-border cooperation.

Funding under this scheme is to comply with the OECD/DAC criteria for ODA (official development assistance). To be eligible to apply for support, the applicant must be a legal person. Priority will only exceptionally be given to grants of less than NOK 1 million.

Priorities Areas

The purpose of Norwegian development assistance to the countries in the Western Balkans is the development of the rule of law and stability in the region. This support has four priorities:

  • Closer regional cooperation, also including countries that are EU members;
  • Reconciliation and implementation of transitional justice;
  • Socio-economic development through enhanced economic growth and competitiveness, increased capacity in the field of environment/climate/energy, and increased social and economic inclusion of marginalised groups;
  • Good governance through support for development of the rule of law, defence sector reform, civil society and the media, minorities, and the fight against organised crime and corruption.

The target group for this call for proposals is the population of the Western Balkans. Ethnic/national and other minorities, women, children and young people will be given special priority.

Project Priorities

Priority will be given to the following types of projects:

  • Projects that help the recipient country to meet EU or NATO requirements that are necessary for further Euro-Atlantic integration
  • Projects that promote regional cooperation
  • Projects that promote inclusion, the rights of ethnic minorities and other minority groups, as well as women, children and young people

Country Specific Priorities

Albania: Potential grant recipients: ministries and other national institutions in Albania, local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other non-commercial actors, and international NGOs and intergovernmental organisations.

Priority areas:

  • Implementing justice sector reform. Priority will be given to the establishment of mediation arrangements and to capacity and competence building in the courts system and prosecuting authorities.
  • European integration. Priority will be given to capacity and competence building in the public sector.
  • Development of the maritime sector (support not available for physical infrastructure).
  • Development of the energy and ICT sectors (support not available for physical infrastructure).

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Potential grant recipients: public institutions and organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international NGOs and intergovernmental organisations.

Priority areas:

  • Peace and reconciliation
  • Economic growth, innovation and job creation
  • Strengthening the judicial system through capacity-building in the courts system and prosecuting authorities, prison system and police.
  • Combating organised crime and corruption

Kosovo: Potential grant recipients: ministries and other national institutions in Kosovo, local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other non-commercial actors, and international NGOs and intergovernmental organisations.

Priority areas:

  • Reconciliation and transitional justice
  • European integration. Priority will be given to capacity and competence building in the public sector.
  • Job creation and competitiveness. ICT and renewable energy will be given priority.
  • Justice sector reform, independent control bodies and police.
  • Combating organised crime and corruption.
  • Promoting transparency and efficiency in the parliament and public institutions.
  • Gender equality and non-discrimination.

Serbia: Potential grant recipients: ministries and other national institutions and intergovernmental organisations in Serbia.

Priority areas: Support for the EU accession process (priorities refer to negotiation chapters):

  • Chapter 5 – Public procurement
  • Chapter 8 – Competition policy
  • Chapter 10 – Information society and media
  • Chapter 19 – Social policy and employment
  • Chapter 24 – Justice, freedom and security
  • Chapter 27 – Environment
  • Regional and European integration

Regional/cross-border priorities (involving two or more countries)

Cross-border cooperation

Potential grant recipients: public institutions and organisations, local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other non-commercial actors, and international NGOs and intergovernmental organisations.

Priority areas

  • Reconciliation and transitional justice.
  • Human rights, gender equality and non-discrimination.
  • Freedom of speech.
  • Combating organised crime and corruption.
  • Cross-border cooperation based on the country specific priorities defined above.

Civil society programme for Albania and Kosovo

Potential grant recipients: local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other non-commercial actors, and international NGOs and intergovernmental organisations.

Entities that meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply to establish a civil society programme for Albania and Kosovo using a combination of grants for core activities of civil society organisations and grants for technical and administrative capacity building.

The purpose of the programme will be to build up a strong civil society in both Kosovo and Albania, with the following priority areas:

  • Non-discrimination and gender equality
  • Independent media
  • Minorities and marginalised groups
  • Environmental protection
  • Youth employment

How to Apply

  • The embassy in Belgrade is responsible for managing development assistance to Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, while the embassy in Pristina is responsible for Albania and Kosovo and the embassy in Sarajevo for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs manages regional projects. Applicants must refer to the relevant national or regional priorities in their applications.
  • Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Grants to the Western Balkans 2018.

Preuzeto sa: www.grants.mfa.no