Media Grants

Public Call for Media Grants

The SMART Balkans Project announces a public Call for Applications for Media Grants 

SMART Balkans Project, funded by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is implemented by consortium of organizations: Centar za promociju civilnog drustva (CPCD) from Bosnia and Herzegovina as a Lead Applicant, in partnership with Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM) from North Macedonia, and Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) from Albania.  

Overall objective of the Project is to contribute to strengthening participatory democracies and Euro Atlantic integrations in the Western Balkans by empowering civil society organizations and CSO networks for stronger and active role in creating peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.  

Specific objectives of the SMART Balkans project are: 

  • Stronger, more sustainable, and vibrant CSOs in the six countries of the Western Balkans region  
  • Developed strong regional partnerships between civil society organizations from the region of the Western Balkans themselves and with their EU counterparts and public authorities 
  • Increased effectiveness of citizen influencing change through CSOs that advances Security and Stability and Governance in the Western Balkans region  
  • Increased awareness of public on importance of active participation of civil society in major development initiatives in the region of Western Balkans 

 

Media Grants will provide funding for projects related to two main areas: 

  1. Security & Stability  
  2. Governance 

Public Calls in local languages can be found at the following links

  1. Albania
  2. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  3. Kosovo Serbain language 
  4. Kosovo Albanian language
  5. North Macedonia
  6. Montenegro
  7. Serbia
National Interventions

Public Call for National intervention Grants

The SMART Balkans Project announces a public Call for Applications for Concept Notes for National intervention Grants 

SMART Balkans Project, funded by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is implemented by consortium of organizations: Centar za promociju civilnog drustva (CPCD) from Bosnia and Herzegovina as a Lead Applicant, in partnership with Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM) from North Macedonia, and Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) from Albania.  

Overall objective of the Project is to contribute to strengthening participatory democracies and Euro Atlantic integrations in the Western Balkans by empowering civil society organizations and CSO networks for stronger and active role in creating peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.  

Specific objectives of the SMART Balkans project are: 

  • Stronger, more sustainable, and vibrant CSOs in the six countries of the Western Balkans region  
  • Developed strong regional partnerships between civil society organizations from the region of the Western Balkans themselves and with their EU counterparts and public authorities 
  • Increased effectiveness of citizen influencing change through CSOs that advances Security and Stability and Governance in the Western Balkans region  
  • Increased awareness of public on importance of active participation of civil society in major development initiatives in the region of Western Balkans 

National intervention Grants will provide funding for projects related to two main areas: 

  1. Security and Stability  
  2. Governance 

Public calls in local languages can be found at the following link

  1. Albania
  2. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  3. Kosovo Serbain language
  4. Kosovo Albanian language
  5. Montenegro
  6. North Macedonia
  7. Serbia

 

 

Local Initiatives

Public Call for Local Initiatives Grant

The SMART Balkans Project announces a public Call for Applications for Local initiatives Grants. 

SMART Balkans Project, funded by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is implemented by consortium of organizations: Centar za promociju civilnog drustva (CPCD) from Bosnia and Herzegovina as a Lead Applicant, in partnership with Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM) from North Macedonia, and Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) from Albania.  

Overall objective of the Project is to contribute to strengthening participatory democracies and Euro Atlantic integrations in the Western Balkans by empowering civil society organizations and CSO networks for stronger and active role in creating peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.  

Specific objectives of the SMART Balkans project are: 

  • Stronger, more sustainable, and vibrant CSOs in the six countries of the Western Balkans region  
  • Developed strong regional partnerships between civil society organizations from the region of the Western Balkans themselves and with their EU counterparts and public authorities 
  • Increased effectiveness of citizen influencing change through CSOs that advances Security and Stability and Governance in the Western Balkans region  
  • Increased awareness of public on importance of active participation of civil society in major development initiatives in the region of Western Balkans 

Local initiatives Grants will provide funding for projects related to two main areas: 

  1. Security and Stability  
  2. Governance 

Public calls in local languages can be found at the following links

  1. Albania
  2. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  3. Kosovo Serbian language
  4. Kosovo Albanian language
  5. Montenegro
  6. North Macedonia
  7. Serbia
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Contracts signed with Regional grants winning organizations

We are happy to share that the contract signing ceremony with the Regional Grants winning organizations was held on December 29th via ZOOM!

About Regional grants

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia, as beneficiary countries of the Smart Balkans project, form a geographical region in which politically, socially, culturally, and historically these countries are linked.  

Strengthening the capacity of CSOs in the region through enhanced cooperation between civil society and government and through building regional partnerships at all levels to increase the influence of citizens in the decision-making process, will contribute to the desired change of creating peaceful and inclusive communities in the Western Balkans which will promote sustainable development of their societies. Civil society participation in the policy development processes is one of the most important ingredients to European integration. One of the Smart Balkans objectives is for the project to support the Euro-Atlantic integration of the region and considering that European integration is not just individual objective of each project’s beneficiary countries, but of the region, the project aims to facilitate regional cooperation and networking towards that goal. For this purpose, Smart Balkan has designed the regional grant scheme, although creating regional networks and partnerships will be stressed wherever possible.  

Regional Grants are a funding mechanism for consortiums of minimum 3 CSOs from 3 countries, and/or formal or informal regional networks for projects related to Security and Stability, and Governance, with strong regional dimension.  

While the type of activities to support the above priority areas are to be proposed by the applicant, the following non-exhaustive list of examples can be given:  

Security and Stability 

  • Combating radicalization  
  • Disinformation as a security threat 
  • Arms trafficking 
  • Human trafficking 
  • Cybercrime as a destabilizer of security 
  • The fight against organized crime 
  • Prevention of money laundering 
  • The fight against terrorism 
  • Good security amid the armed conflict and climate change 
  • The influence of the climate change on the security and stability in the region 
  • Energy security  
  • Preparedness for emergency situations 
  • Intercultural dialogue 
  • Social cohesion, reconciliation and peace
  • Human security and gender equality 
  • Cyber security 
  • Data privacy 
  • Overseeing security institutions/monitoring the implementation of security and stability policies 

Governance 

  • Promoting digital literacy 
  • Freedom of expression  
  • Civil society participation in decision making 
  • Fight against fake news 
  • Euro-Atlantic integration
  • Digitalization  
  • Public administration reforms 
  • Hidden economy 
  • Corruption, including high level corruption  

 

Expected results 

  • Developed strong regional partnerships between civil society organizations from the region of the Western Balkans  
  • Developed strong regional partnership between CSOs and with their EU counterparts and public authorities 
  • Increased effectiveness of citizen influencing through regional networking on Security and Stability and Governance in the Western Balkans region

Who are the winning organisations?

  • Cooperation and development institute from Albania
  • Sos Helpline Nikšić from Montenegro
  • Novi Sad School of journalism from Serbia
  • Albanian Disability Right Foundation from Albania
  • European Policy Centre from Serbia
  • Institute for strategic Research and Education from North Macedonia
  • Children & youth from Serbia
  • International association “Interactive open schools” – MIOS from Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • FINANCE THINK – Economic Research and Policy Institute from North Macedonia

 

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Contracts signed with CORE gratees for B&H and Montenegro

We are happy to share that the contract signing ceremony with the CORE grantees for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro was held on December 28th!

What is CORE grant?

Core grant, in addition to financial support, offers organizations the opportunity to improve the capacities of the organization and staff through customized training and mentoring support, to multiply their strategic influence and be one step closer to the organization’s sustainability. This approach frees CSOs from the pressure created by short-term financing of projects. It enables CSOs to focus on the priorities of users while at the same time following their mission and working towards the achievement of defined goals. Therefore, this type of grant is intended for civil society organizations that make a significant impact in the areas of security, stability, and governance and have the potential for an even more substantial impact on the community.

The expected period of support through the core grant is 24 months. Core grants will financially support the work of civil society organizations for two consecutive fiscal years. Core grants are intended for CSOs that have made an important impact in the areas of security, stability, and/or governance and have the potential for an even more significant impact in the community.

Core grants provide general financial support for CSOs that operate and have an impact in one or both of the following areas:

  • Security and stability
  • Management

Who are CORE grantees?

From Bosnia and Herzegovina:

  • Centar za informativnu dekontaminaciju mladih with approved budget of 100,000 EUR
  • Association for addiction prevention NAKRKO-NE with an approved budget of 50,000 EUR
  • Tuzla Open Center with an approved budget of 30,000 EUR
  • Fondacija Centar za zastupanje građanskih interesa with an approved budget of 30,000 EUR
  • Vijeće mladih FBiH with an approved budget of 30,000 EUR

From Montenegro:

  • Center for civic education with an approved budget of 100,000 EUR
  • Center for democratic transition with an approved budget of 50,000 EUR
  • Association Spectra with an approved budget of 30,000 EUR

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The first regional conference in Podgorica

The Center for Civil Society Promotion (CPCD), in cooperation with partner organizations from North Macedonia – Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM) and Albania – Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM), with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway, in the amount of 17 ,4 million EUR, successfully realized on December 20 and 21, 2022, at Hotel Cue in Podgorica, the first regional conference of the project SMART Balkans – Civil society for a connected Western Balkans.

The conference brought together more than 100 participants from 6 countries of the region, and 22 people from the civil sector, religious communities, media, academia, and researchers of social processes spoke on three panels.

The conference “Elephants in the Civic Space” aimed to open a dialogue on two essential topics: “The role of religion and religious leaders in socio-political movements and decision-making processes in the Western Balkans region” and “Practices and lessons learned on workforce management and human resources in the civil sector.” These challenges are the untapped potential for socio-political changes.

“Transparency, professional approach, integrity, and local ownership are values that every organization should have to be relevant and have a good image in their communities. Regional cooperation is important, especially as it brings people together and leads to a more consolidated, prosperous, stable, and secure region.” Nela Jović, Senior Program Advisor, Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Belgrade.

Aida Daguda, the directress of the Center for Civil Society Promotion, said that the topics of the conference were illustrated with elephants, which speaks about the size of the problem.

“In light of the general challenges faced by the Western Balkans countries, such as low economic development, slow transition, and problems with the rule of law, it is necessary to point out the contribution of religion and civil society in all these issues. Religion is vital in forming culture, self-awareness, and national identity in the Western Balkans. Therefore it is essential to discuss its influence on all the areas above. A particular problem within civil society is human resources and the outflow of labor. The problem is more common and visible than in other regions because civil society organizations are non-profit and operate for a higher mission. We open this topic because it is the responsibility of all of us in the civil sector to ensure the well-being of all citizens, “ said Aida Daguda.

The SMART Balkan project contributes to strengthening participatory democracies and Euro-Atlantic integration in the countries of the Western Balkans. This project is implemented in six countries; we want to enhance the role of civil society organizations globally.

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Public call for audit services

Centar za promociju civilnog društva (CPCD) announces a Public call for submission of offers for audit services in the framework of the SMART Balkans – Civil Society for Shared Society in the Western Balkans project.

The subject of procurement includes the provision of audit services for four (4) financial project years, in the period from January 2022 to December 2025.

The potential offerors can obtain all information related to the Public call solely in writing while all correspondence is done via e-mail address [email protected]

The deadline for requesting clarifications is December 28, 2022 until 12 pm (noon).

The deadline for submission of offers is January 10, 2023 until 5:00 p.m.

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Project Manager, Dajana Cvjetković for RTVCG

On 20 December, SMART Balkans – Civil Society for Shared Society in the Western Balkans Project Manager Dajana Cvjetković was a quest on RTVCG, where she talked about the first SMART Balkans project Regional Conference which brought together more than 100 participants from 6 countries in the Western Balkans: people from the civil sector, religious communities, media, and researchers of social processes.
Click here to watch the full interview!
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Elephants in the Civic Space – Regional Conference

SMART Balkans Regional Conference is about to start soon!
On the 20th and 21st of December this year, we are coming to Podgorica, Montenegro.
The conference consists of two components/elephants:
1. The role of religion and religious leaders in socio-political movements and decision-making processes in the Western Balkans region, within this component, are two panels:
Religion as untapped potential for socio-political changes
How and why to cooperate?
2. Practices and lessons learned on workforce and human resource management in the civil sector, panel within this component is:
Who’s to blame for the brain drain in the civil sector?
DAY 1
Welcoming speeches:
  • Aida Daguda, Directress of Centar za promociju civilnog društva
  • Nela Jović, Senior Programme Advisor, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade
  • Đorđe Radulović, Adviser to the President of the Government of Montenegro
  • Dajana Cvjetković, Manager of the SMART Balkans project

The first keynote lecture: “The role of religion and religious leaders in socio-political movements and decision-making processes in the Western Balkans region”,

  • Prof. dr. Danijela Gavrilović, sociologist, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Niš

PANEL 1: Religion as untapped potential for socio-political changes

  • Nina Krivokapić Bakrač, Institute for social innovation, Montenegro
  • Razim Čolić, Riyaset of Islamic Community in BiH
  • Ylli Doçi, chairman, Inter-religious Council of Albania
  • Felipe Herrera – Espaliat, priest and editorial coordinator – Vatican News
  • Vahidin Omanović, Center for Peacebuilding, BiH
  • Moderator: Marika Djolai, Team Leader/ Key Expert Global Exchange on Religion in Society, Germany

PANEL 2: How and why to cooperate?

  • Igor Mitrović, director ADRA Serbia – Adventist Development and Relief Agency
  • Romario Shehu, a researcher at the Institute for Democracy and Mediation, Albania
  • Jelena Jorgačević Kisić, journalist Serbia
  • Arben QIREZI, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics at University of London, Kosovo
  • dr. Genti Kruja, Professor of Sociology at Bedër University, Secretary General of Inter-religious Council of Albania & Vice President of ENIB, Religions for Peace, Europe
  • Miloš Vukanović, Historian and educator
  • Moderator: Ana Vujošević Nenezić, CSO expert MNE
  • Conclusions, prof. dr. Skender Bruçaj

DAY 2

The second keynote Lecture: “Practices and lessons learned on workforce and human resource management in the civil sector”

  • Prof. dr. Ilir Gadeshi, Managing Director at Center for Economic and Social Studies, Albania

PANEL 3: Who’s to blame for brain drain in the civil sector?

  • Aida Daguda, directress Centar za promociju civilnog društva, BiH
  • Milica Škiljević, Deputy Chief of Party, Partners Global, Serbia
  • Sanela Shkrijelj, Member of Parliament of North Macedonia
  • Tihomir Dakić, President of the Center for Environment, BiH
  • Blerjana Bino Center Science and Innovation for Development (SCiDEV), Albania
  • Moderator: Simona Mladenovska, BCSDN network, North Macedonia
Suppose you are a representative of a civil society organization or religious community from one of the six Western Balkans countries, and you believe you can contribute to the topics of the conference. In that case, you are in the right place! Register via the following link https://bit.ly/ElephantsInCivicSpace.
We look forward to your reply, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Centar za promociju civilnog društva (CPCD), together with partner organizations from Albania – Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) and North Macedonia – Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM), is implementing project SMART Balkans – Civil Society for Shared Society in the Western Balkans.
This project strengthens participatory democracies and Euro-Atlantic integrations in the Western Balkans by empowering civil society organizations and CSO networks for a more vital and active role in creating peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs finances it with a grant worth more than 17 million EUR.