Ad-Hoc Support Grants


The ad hoc support grants are aimed to provide rapid funding to CSOs from our region to address immediate challenges affecting their civic space, or to provide support for unique, innovative actions that contribute to positive actions to promote the civic space.

Organizations from the Western Balkans struggling with shrinking civic space in their country, facing pressure to their integrity, incidences of hate speech, hostile attacks to organizations, or trying to react towards the changes of a law that affects their work, etc, can apply to the ongoing open call.

The Hub is offering different types of support and has a pool of experts available who can provide assistance for developing response advocacy campaigns, legal support, financial consultancy, audit support, communication and outreach so CSOs can promptly respond to immediate needs or challenges.

The HUB also aims to support CSO initiatives aimed to bring positive actions for further promoting the civic space. Innovative uptakes for reclaiming civic space, exploring collective powers of different groups (young people, women and vulnerable groups) to transform their communities, outreach and reclaiming voices 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.

The deadline of this Call is EXTENDED by the end of 2021 until all available funds are disbursed, offering continuous support and a simplified and accelerated review procedure to ensure timely response to your needs. Find more the details 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, 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, informal, or 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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