June 20, 2024

Call for Applications: Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation - Confidence Building 2019-2020/ DDL: the 20th of May 2019

The Robert Bosch Stiftung (RBSG) and the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (BST) are continuing their joint funding initiative to support confidence building activities of non-state actors in the South Caucasus, Ukraine, and Moldova, and its neighboring countries.


The partners are convinced that civil society can make a valuable contribution to the process of confidence building, mutual understanding, and reconciliation between populations in territories presently or recently involved in (armed) conflicts.


This initiative is designed to encourage grantees to investigate new ways, methods, and approaches for fostering mutual understanding.


Program Description


The projects should be initiated by civil society organizations which can effectively engage target audiences within the population of the region in their projects’ activities. Organizations requesting grants must be legally registered in one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine.


The involvement of additional partners (especially those from the EU) is possible and welcome.


Projects working in the following areas would be especially appreciated:

  • approaches to build and/or strengthen local, regional and national capacities to promote coexistence and reintegration;
  • cross-border initiatives for youth;
  • approaches to civic education or active citizenship;
  • approaches to reconciliation and peace that incorporate experiences from history and convey them to the younger generation;
  • arts and cultural work to advance peace and reconciliation;
  • the role of media in overcoming stereotypes.

A special emphasis is placed on multilateral initiatives and those that reach out to the neighboring countries.


The average grant will be around 23,000 USD (about 18,000 EUR). Multilateral projects may exceed that amount in exceptional cases.


Applications have to be sent to: confidencebuilding@gmfus.org.


Two different application deadlines are offered in the 2019–2020 Call. The partners recommend applying in spring since funds are limited.


For the first round of applications, interested organizations are invited to submit project proposals from April 19, 2019 until May 20, 2019, 18:00 in Bucharest, Romania (UTC+3:00).


The projects must be completed and reported to BST by July 2020. The maximum duration of the project should not exceed 11 months.


Find out more information at the following link: http://www.gmfus.org/initiatives/confidence-building-2019-2020-call-applications?fbclid=IwAR3guHe12hDDHQjLOvS7s2t0SIv-v2_qA-YbVMGymql3AK7PC7Bio6AtWtQ .

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