Announcement of the Call for Proposals “Protecting Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in the Western Balkans”

Civil society organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia that focus on the protection and promotion of human rights, in partnership with journalists, their associations, networks, media organizations and journalists' trade unions are invited to apply for the financial support from the small grants programme “Protecting Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in the Western Balkans”.

The objective of the small grants programme is to amplify advocacy efforts undertaken by local, national and regional civil society actors in collaboration with journalists and media organizations and to set topics of media freedom and journalists’ safety on mainstream agenda in the Western Balkans region – more specifically Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia. Hence, the small grants programme will support locally and regionally rooted civil society initiatives, engaging human rights activists, journalists and media, aiming to protect the freedom of expression and freedom of media. The main goal is to explore the most pressing issues – either violations of journalists’ rights, or pressures to activists in a more comprehensive manner.

The Call has two priorities: (1) to support projects which effectively tackle problems and obstacles faced by journalists who are under various forms of pressure and (2) to support projects which focus on pressures on human rights activists whose freedom of speech is jeopardized.

The total value of the small grants programme is 267 000 EUR, to be disbursed to 15 grantees - 5 larger regional projects and 10 smaller national projects.  The time frame for the implementation of the supported projects is October 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018.

The Call for proposal is organized into two lots:

·         LOT 1 - Regional actions, which are expected to include participants from at least 3 out of 5 project WB countries. Average size of grants is 30 000 – 40 000 EUR with a co-financing rate of 10%. Indicatively, a total of 5 regional grants will be disbursed contingent on sufficient applications of high quality

·         LOT 2 - National actions, which are expected to include participants within a given country. Average size of grants is 5 000 – 10 000 EUR with a co-financing rate of 10%. Indicatively, a total of 10 national grants will be disbursed, contingent on sufficient applications of high quality.

The small grants programme makes part of a larger project Western Balkan’s Regional Platform for advocating media freedom and journalists’ safety, implemented by Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA) in partnership with five Western Balkans’ journalists’ organizations – Independent Journalists Association of Serbia (IJAS), Association of BH Journalists (BHJ), Association of Journalists of Kosovo (AJK), Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) and the Trade Union of Media of Montenegro (TUMM). The project is supported by the European Commission (IPA) with co-financing from the Croatian Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs.

All grant applications will need to be prepared and submitted in English language.

The applications MUST be sent by e-mail to mediafreedom.smallgrants@solidarna.hr by August 31, 2017 at 23:59:59h CET. 

The application pack that needs to be submitted by email by the lead applicant must include the following three documents:

  1. Application form
  2. Project budget
  3. Registration act only for the lead applicant, in original language (scanned version).

Questions regarding the propositions of the Call for Proposals can be sent in English language by e-mail in the period July 25 – August 10, 2017 to the e-mail: mediafreedom.smallgrants@solidarna.hr. All questions and answers as well as other important notices to applicants will be published on the official project website http://safejournalists.net no later than 11 days before the deadline (August 20th) for the submission of applications.

The Application Guidelines, the Application Form and the Budget Application Form can be found on the project website safejournalists.net and the websites of the aforementioned project partner organizations.

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