The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BTS) is a program of the German Marshall Fund that promotes regional cooperation and good governance in the wider Black Sea region. Its goals are to support: trust in public institutions, citizen participation in the democratic process, stronger links between state and society and the development of regional and cross-border ties.
BTS will continue to fund both regional and in-country projects in the nine countries from the wider Black Sea region: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia, focusing on four programmatic areas:
- Confidence Building (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Russia, and Moldova);
- Cross-Border Initiatives (any country in the region);
- Eastern Links (any country in the region);
- Civic Participation (civic participation projects are in-country projects and Romania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova are NOT eligible for this program).
The eligible structures for BST funds are: NGOs, think tanks, local and regional governments, educational institutions, media organizations. Individuals and political parties are not eligible.
The projects are financed for duration of 12 months, with grants between $16,000 – $19,000. An exception is represented by confidence building projects which are financed for 10 months, up to $35,000 (25,000 EUR). For Romania and Bulgaria, only the cross-border initiatives, eastern links and confidence building projects are eligible.
How to apply:
- Only via email at: BlackSeaTrust@gmfus.org;
- No deadline – on-going basis;
- For Confidence Building – call for applications, via email at: email@example.com;
- Decisions are usually taken in 4 – 8 weeks (projects under $25,000);
- More information is available at: www.gmfus.org/blacksea or BlackSeaTrust@gmfus.org.