Democracy Commission Small Grants Program

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

This program supports NGO efforts to develop grassroots democracy and viable civil society in BiH. This program aims to improve the institutions of government and increase a sense of civic identity in BiH society. Proposals that go beyond awareness building to create behavior change and action will be particularly competitive. The Commission welcomes proposals that are creative and will lead to citizen engagement. This program aims eventually to result in strong, credible government institutions that are accountable to the citizenry, citizen engagement in grass roots democracy, and self-identity as citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Projects should deal with one of the following themes

  • Anti-corruption
  • Euro-Atlantic integration , with focus on the 14 key priority reforms identified by the EU Commission on pages 14-16 of its opinion on BiH.
  • Democratic political processes, in particular projects that will bring about more transparent and accountable institutions, more involvement by citizens in civic life, or more equitable participation in politics by marginalized groups.

2) Eligibility

Non-government, non-profit organizations (including think tanks, civil society organizations), educational institutions and independent media that are based and legally registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina are eligible to apply. American or other donor country organizations and individuals are not eligible for grants under this program. Grants are generally awarded only to organizations.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

4) Budget

The budget for single project proposals for the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program should not exceed USD 50,000 and program activities are envisioned to take place beginning in July of 2022. Please note that the precise timeframe in which grant money will be received cannot be guaranteed. Grantees should design projects that can be implemented if money is received after July of 2022.

5) Application

The deadline for submission of the Democracy Commission Small Grants proposals /supporting documentation is Friday, February 11, 2022 by COB (close of business ) 17:00.