Ad-Hoc Support Grants

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The Call for ad-hoc support provides rapid funding and support to the organizations from the WB region whenever they need to immediately address some challenging situation and when there is no other form of support available. The Call will be open until July 2021 offering continuous support for the civil society in the WB region.

Organizations from the WB region struggling with shrinking civic space in their country, facing pressure to the civic space, incidences of hate speech, hostile attacks to organizations, or trying to react towards the changes of a law that affects their work, etc, we are here to support you in your endeavors.

The Hub is offering different types of support and funding mechanism, like response advocacy campaigns, legal support, financial consultancy, audit support, communication and outreach, etc, to respond rapidly to your immediate needs.

We are also enthusiastic to support the initiatives for positive developments and the promotion of the civic space. Innovative uptakes to the fight for reclaiming civic space, exploring collective powers of different groups (young people, women and vulnerable groups) to transform their communities and organizing regional events for sharing the experience and lessons learned among the CSOs in combating the restrictions of civic space, may be supported by the Hub.

More details about the Call you may find here.

Guidelines for applicants

Application form

Ad-hoc grants are a flexible support that aims to support concrete needs. Therefore, it follows a simplified and accelerated review procedure to ensure timely response to the respective need.

If you are facing a pressure situation and you are uncertain of the support you can get, feel free to contact our office at any time at regionalhub@balkancsd.net, so that we can support you in the application process.

Ad-Hoc Support Funding Mechanism:

The funding available under this instrument can be provided once an application submitted to the open call for proposals is approved. The following types of grants are offered under the call: experts’ missions and regional events.

Expert missions: The use of identified expert’s support (experts can be individuals or private entities) can be funded in a case where an organization from the WB region requested peer advice and exchange of experience on a specific civic space topic: e.g. opinion of a new law, support in advocacy strategy, support in improving internal accountability mechanisms, support in the organization of a campaign, etc. Direct funding of an expert or other societal actors such as media, research institutes, think tanks, universities, that will provide the needed expertise for supporting the CSOs in times of crisis is also eligible.

Regional events: Regional gatherings of CSOs, civil society actors, and their constituencies will be encouraged to interact and to share their problems and solutions (ideas), promote their causes, learn together, and establish consensus on their needs and the priorities that must be acted upon in the short, medium or long term. The regional gatherings can be both in line with the immediate needs stream or innovation stream of the support.

Who Can Apply?

All types of individual CSOs, networks of CSOs, platforms, associations, foundations, including non-governmental, not for profit, coalitions, partnerships, networks, sectoral or thematic interest groups, media outlets, research institutes, think tanks, registered in at least one of the countries of the Western Balkan region- Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Republic of North Macedonia.

Areas of Support

The Ad- Hoc Support Instrument aims to address some of the following issues:

  • To advance the state of fundamental freedoms (freedom of association, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly);
  • To improve civic dialogue and the cooperation between civil society and public institutions;
  • To improve the legal framework and practices concerning the financial viability of civil society;
  • To encourage broader CSO and multi-stakeholder coordination and cooperation for promoting civic space;
  • To support resources mobilization for promoting civic space;
  • To improve the trust in CSOs by introducing diversity and inclusion and accountability mechanisms and standards for CSOs work in the WB region, including the Dynamic Accountability approach of the Global Standard for CSO Accountability.

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