Interethnic Reconciliation and Youth Program

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The United States Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, acting through the Office of Public Affairs, is pleased to announce a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Interethnic Reconciliation and Youth (IERY) Program for youth small grant projects. This program supports initiatives with the primary goal of promoting interethnic and intercommunity exchange, collaboration, and joint projects. They are seeking projects and initiatives that clearly develop increased tolerance and cooperation between the ethnically and geographically diverse communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Proposals should aim to create cooperation with other groups interested in the following themes and/or take place in areas listed below.

Priority themes are: (1) entrepreneurship and Youth Employment Initiatives Connecting Divided Communities: Bringing together neighboring or nearby communities that have had little contact since the war to improve youth employment; (2) fractured Education/Two Schools Under One Roof: Working with parents and students in segregated schools to address issues that divide students along ethnic lines. These projects should help remove obstacles to integration in education; (3) projects combating disinformation: Bringing young people together across ethnic lines to develop critical thinking, media literacy skills to combat disinformation; and (4) marginalized groups: Projects that promote cooperation among marginalized minority groups from different ethnic communities, including (but not limited to) displaced persons, persons with disabilities, socio-economically disadvantaged persons, LGBT persons, Roma, and others.

2) Eligibility

Eligible applicants are: Non-profit organisations (including think tanks, civil societies and NGOs), educational institutions and independent media that are based and legally registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

4) Budget

The budget for a single project proposal for the Small Grants Program should not exceed $25,000. All program activities should take place between April/May 2019 and April/May 2020.

5) Application

Please submit your filled-in application to the following e-mail address: interethnicbih(a)state.gov. The deadline for submission of Small grants proposals /supporting documentation is January 11, 2019 by 17:00 p.m.