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Community Boost Grants


deadlineAPPLICATION DEADLINE: 20.07.2020.
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The Swiss Government project ‘For an Active Civil Society Together – ACT’ has launched a Call for Proposals for Community Boost Grants.

Community Boost Grants are available to civil society organisations (CSOs) and informal citizen groups whose initiatives and actions are aimed at solving a problem of public interest in their local communities with the active participation and support of citizens.

A local community may be a street, a block of flats, a cluster of residential units, a local community council, or a municipality, as the largest of them all. A project proposal may only address a smaller issue in a local community (e.g. building a children’s playground, eliminating smaller illegal dumps, advocating the adoption of a specific decision at the local council level, repurposing and/or refurbishing a communal space, providing legal aid to help exercise guaranteed rights in the community, creating access ramps for people with special disabilities, etc.) and must include mobilisation and participation of as many citizens as possible.

Awarded CSOs and informal groups will not only become the beneficiaries of the financial support to carry out activities in their local communities but also of a specially designed and tailored programme that will help them build capacity and upgrade the know-how to be able to actively encourage citizen participation and articulate citizens’ interests in the community.

Under this call for proposals, the ACT project plans to support up to 5 organisations. The maximum grant amount per project proposal is RSD 350,000.00.

CSOs and informal groups active in the following key areas may apply for the grant:

  • citizen participation and mobilisation,
  • monitoring the implementation of laws and policies,
  • gender equality and related issues,
  • social inclusion and marginalised groups,
  • decentralisation,
  • human and civil rights,
  • environmental protection and good governance.

CSOs based in Serbia must be registered under the Serbian Association Act or the Endowments and Foundations Act.

Civil society organisations and informal groups applying for the grant must foster the values of democracy, human rights, transparency, inclusion, gender equality, non-violence, openness and accessibility in their activities.

The participation criteria and other information concerning applying for the grant are detailed in the Guidelines for Submitting Project Proposals for Community Boost Grants, included in the attached application package.

In the interest of making the application process easier and more practical, project proposals are to be submitted online only.

Please submit your project proposal for the Community Boost Grant on act.civicatalyst.org.

You can find the answers to frequently asked questions concerning the submission of project proposals in the Guidelines included in the attached application package and on the above link.

PLEASE NOTE that the pages in English are for information only, as grants are provided only for CSOs registered in Serbia, so full documentation can only be found on the Serbian pages of this website.

Project proposals must be submitted by 4:59 pm on 20 July 2020.

Given the current situation, the Info Session on the Call for Community Boost Grants was held online on 26 June 2020 at 10:00 am, with the aim of introducing the participants to the ACT project and the Call for Community Boost Grants. The Info Session included a live Q&A session with the ACT team.

The presentation from the Info Session can be downloaded here. 

Check out the video of the live-streamed Info Session.

Should you need any further clarification regarding this call for proposals and the application process, please write to info@act.org.rs no later than 4:00 pm on 10 July 2020. Please make sure that your Subject line reads: Call for Project Proposals for Community Boost Grants. The ACT team will answer all your queries by 4:00 pm on 17 July 2020 in Frequently Asked Questions, which will be updated every Friday on ACT website.

Should you have any questions about the technical aspects of online applications, please write to support@civicatalyst.org.

Awarded Community Boost Grants:

Rank CSO / Informal Citizen Group Average Score Seat of CSO / ICG
1 Udruženje Čuvari Vlasine 8.05 Surdulica
2 Udruženje BaziMili 8.00 Lajkovac
3 Dom omladine Bor 7.90 Bor
4 Inicijativa za ravnopravnost, inovativnost i društveni angažman – Irida 7.70 Novi Sad
5 Eco Karma 7.40 Subotica
6 Ženska multietnička grupa Seleuš 7.40 Alibunar

List of CSO and Informal Citizen Groups Advancing to the Third Round: 

Rank CSO / Informal Citizen Group Average Score Seat of CSO / ICG
1 Udruženje “Čuvari Vlasine” 8.05 Surdulica
2 Udruzenje BaziMili 8.00 Lajkovac
3 Dom omladine Bor 7.90 Bor
4 Inicijativa za ravnopravnost, inovativnost i društveni angažman – Irida 7.70 Novi Sad
5 Za čiste Vranjane 7.65 Požega
6 Eco Karma 7.40 Subotica
7 Ženska multietnička grupa Seleuš 7.40 Alibunar
8 Seoski kulturni centar 7.15 Velika Plana
9 JCI Novi Sad 6.95 Novi Sad

List of CSO and Informal Citizen Groups Advancing to the Second Round:

Rank CSO / Informal Citizen Group Average Score Seat of CSO / ICG
1 Eko Karma 7.0 Subotica
2 Fond Ulica Rajka Ackovića 6.5 Novi Pazar
3 Udruženje BaziMili 6.2 Lajkovac
4 Za čiste Vranjane 5.7 Požega
5 Dom omladine Bor 5.6 Bor
6 Inicijativa za ravnopravnost, inovativnost i društveni angažman – Irida 5.6 Novi Sad – grad
7 Udruženje “Čuvari Vlasine” 5.3 Surdulica
8 Seoski kulturni centar 5.3 Velika Plana
9 Ekološki pokret Padina 5.3 Kovačica
10 Ženska multietnička grupa Seleuš 5.2 Alibunar
11 Ženska inicijativa 5.2 Kragujevac – grad
12 Udruženje romskih žena Braničevskog okruga “Vasilika” 5.2 Požarevac
13 JCI Novi Sad 5.1 Novi Sad – grad

 

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