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Info session for applicants from Montenegro was held

Today, an info session was held on the current public calls of the SMART Balkans project for applicants from Montenegro. The session was attended by over 80 representatives of organizations interested in awarding grants in the categories of National Initiatives, Local Initiatives, Creative Box and Media.

The SMART Balkans project manager and program manager of the Center for the Promotion of Civil Society, Dajana Cvjetković, addressed those present who presented the project, partner organizations, and CPCD.

What is essential to emphasize are the values ​​of the SMART Balkans project, i.e., transparency, professionalism, and local ownership. We want to pay special attention to local ownership, which does not mean that local organizations implement projects at the local level but that organizations that apply for projects should be able to adapt their project ideas to their missions and visions and not exclusively to the goals stated in public calls.

The SMART Balkans project is set up to respond to four expected results, and by the end of the project, it is planned to contribute to a stronger, more sustainable, and more active civil society. One of the results we are expecting is a more developed and stronger regional partnership between civil society organizations in the Western Balkan region, partners from the European Union, and the public sector. Then the increased effectiveness of the influence of citizens on changes through civil society organizations, not only the number of participation in decision-making processes but the proper recognition of the work of civil society organizations. Another of the expected results is increased public awareness of the importance of active participation of civil society in development initiatives in the Western Balkans region. We want to see these four results or primary goals as a contribution to Euro-Atlantic integration and the strengthening of a living democracy that is adapted to the specific needs of our region and countries.

Edisa Adžović, grant officer of the SMART Balkans project, presented the Grant Management platform to the organization's representatives, designed to provide its users with all the necessary information regarding grants within the SMART Balkans project.

After the presentation of the GMP platform and four current public calls, there were many interesting questions from representatives of organizations interested in applying for new projects, which made us especially happy.

The questions and answers of the info session for applicants from all six countries of the Western Balkans will be published on February 3 on our website.
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AD HOC SUPPORT

SMART Balkans Project, funded by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is implemented by a consortium of organizations: Centar za promociju civilnog društva (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.

SMART Balkans project, through specialized Ad Hoc grants, is providing support for civil society organizations, informal citizens groups, and media outlets in dealing with emergency issues that could not be predicted and require immediate intervention.

Ad Hoc grants are available throughout the year, more flexible, with simplified and accelerated review procedure to ensure timely response to the individual need.

Ad Hoc grants are planned for unforeseen interventions for events that may occur but do not necessarily fall under/belong to any of the other granting categories. This grant represents support for initiatives that respond to unexpected urgent events or events with limited timing of implementation. The maximum amount of an individual grant is EUR 5,000. The size of the grant will be determined based on the proposed activity, the applicant’s capacity for the absorption of financial resources, and the limits of the total fund for this grant line.

The purpose of this grant type is NOT to support activities that could be planned/predicted in advance.

Ad hoc support needs to be in line with the SMART Balkans objectives.

The 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 a stronger and more 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

Civil society organization must be registered on Grants Management platform which can be found on following link Grant management platform (smartbalkansproject.org)

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