Institutional Grants

deadlineDEADLINE: 13.05.2020.

Fully aware of the gravity of current situation and proclaimed state of emergency in the country, we believe that now, more than ever, the work of civil society organisations and their engagement of citizens must be supported. To that end, Swiss Government project “For an Active Civil Society Together – ACT” is publishing a Call for Institutional Grants for civil society organisations in Serbia.

This call for institutional grants gives civil society organisations (CSOs) the opportunity to receive financial support for institutional strengthening, to develop and bolster their capacity to build and strengthen relations with their constituencies. This type of support can include various activities such as developing / upgrading organisational strategy, developing an organisational structure, developing fundraising tools, rulebooks, building and strengthening their constituency, and other activities that will help organisations complete their missions and accomplish core activities.

Supported CSOs will become beneficiaries of not only financial support for the institutional strengthening, but also of a specially designed and tailored programme for the development and capacity building and upgrading of skills and knowledge in many areas necessary for the further development of human and organisational resources.

Capacity building and development will include group training and individual mentoring aimed at facilitating and enhancing organisational development, as well as enabling supported CSOs to become more engaged with their constituencies and broaden social influence in relevant topics to local communities.

ACT project plans to support up to 30 organisations through this call, with at least 50% of CSOs operating outside the City of Belgrade. The amount of individual financial support is up to RSD 2,600,000.00.

Applications for institutional grants can be submitted by CSOs active in priority areas of the Call:

  • constituency building
  • monitoring of law and policy implementation
  • gender equality and related topics
  • social inclusion and marginalised groups
  • decentralisation
  • human and civil rights
  • environmental protection
  • good governance.

CSOs have to be based in Serbia, registered in accordance with the Law on Associations or the Law on Foundations and Endowments.

Potential applicants have to uphold the values of democracy, human rights, transparency, inclusion, gender equality, nonviolence, openness and accessibility.

Also, the potential applicants are CSOs whose development principles include direct work with and involvement of the constituency, strategic planning, who use the human rights-based approach, whose leadership is motivated for and committed to local development, who are results-oriented and sustainable.

Detailed criteria for applicants and all other information related to the Call is provided in the Application Guidelines, included in the Documentation Pack below.

In order to facilitate and simplify the application process, we decided to carry out this process completely online.

You can apply for an institutional grant at act.civicatalyst.org

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.

Application deadline is 13 May 2020 at 23:59h

Adjusting to the current situation and with the goal of presenting project ACT and the Call for Institutional Grants, we will hold an online Info Session on 9 April 2020 at 13.00h. The participants will have a chance to ask questions and get live answers about the Call from the ACT team. The session will be recorded and posted on our website.

Since the number of participants in the Info Session is limited, please confirm your attendance HERE.

For all additional questions and information about the requirements of the Call, please contact us at info@act.org.rs.

If you have any technical difficulty applying for the Call, please contact support@civicatalyst.org

Note – In the light of the current situation and the inability to anticipate further developments regarding the spread of COVID-19, the foreseen deadlines for the application, selection, grant duration, and capacity building may be changed in accordance with the changed circumstances at a given moment.

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