The City of Bihać in Partnership with the United Nations Development Program announces a public call for civil society organizations/non-governmental organizations to submit project proposals as part of the project Regional Program of Local Democracy in the Western Balkans 2 (ReLOaD2).
The subject of the Public Call is to strengthen partnership relations between civil society organizations and LGUs by building awareness of the usefulness of mutual cooperation and encouraging sustainable dialogue, all with the aim of providing better services to the local community. The activity is carried out as part of the ReLOaD2 project, financed by the European Union (EU), and implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in six countries of the region, namely: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia.
The overall goal of the project is to strengthen participatory democracy and EU integration in the Western Balkans, by empowering civil society and encouraging young people to actively participate in the decision-making process, as well as improving the stimulating legal and financial environment for civil society.
The specific goal of the project is to strengthen partnerships between local authorities and civil society in the Western Balkans, by expanding the successful model of transparent project financing of CSOs (LOD methodology) from the budget of local self-government units, aimed at greater civic participation and youth participation in decision-making processes and improvement of service provision in local communities.
The general goal of this call is to further strengthen partnership relations between civil society organizations and LGUs by building awareness of the usefulness of mutual cooperation and encouraging sustainable dialogue, all with the aim of providing better services to the local community.
- The following thematic areas were prioritized within the framework of the public call:
- Projects that contribute to the stimulation of cultural and creative creativity for all categories of the population;
- Improving the quality and availability of cultural and entertainment content through the promotion of various forms of culture and art;
- Projects that improve the quality and availability of sports and recreational facilities for all categories of the population;
- Popularization and popularization of amateur sports in an innovative way and innovative sports content for children and young people;
- Social Policy/Social Protection
- Improving the quality of life of citizens of the third age and/or vulnerable categories of the population;
- Projects that offer content for the social inclusion of people with developmental difficulties and disabilities, and all marginalized groups;
- Support for Children and Adults with Developmental Difficulties
- Improving the quality and availability of educational and sports-recreational content for children with developmental disabilities;
- Projects that contribute to improving the quality of life and support for people with developmental disabilities and/or disabilities and their families;
- The Young
- Projects that contribute to raising awareness of youth health prevention and protection models, with a focus on youth mental health (free psychologist services);
- Support for projects that encourage and enable mobility and greater participation of young people from rural areas;
- Support for projects that encourage youth volunteerism, activism and respond to the needs of young people;
- Education of young people in the field of marketing, entrepreneurship and self-employment (freelance);
- Prevention and methods of protection against cyber violence;
- Promotion and support of recreational sports among young people and programs for the inclusion of inactive youth;
- Equality of minorities; inclusion of young Roma in youth activities;
- Ecology and Environmental Protection
- Projects that promote environmental protection;
- Informal Education
- Support for projects that encourage the development of innovative and educational content for children and young people;
- Projects that encourage the improvement of knowledge and skills of the population on the labor market;
- Human Rights
- Support for projects aimed at sensitizing the public about violence and discrimination with the aim of creating adequate support and prevention;
- Protection and promotion of human and child rights;
- Gender Equality
- The value of project proposals to be awarded under this call must be between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
- minimum amount: 10,000.00 KM
- maximum amount: 50,000.00 KM
- One civil society organization can submit several project proposals within one or more public calls, with the maximum amount of funds that can be allocated for the implementation of projects to one civil society organization during the total duration of the ReLOaD2 project being 120,000.00 KM.
- The duration of projects can be from 6 (six) to 12 (twelve) months, in the period from January 2024 to December 2024.
- Projects must be implemented exclusively in the area of the city of Bihać and for the residents of Bihać. In exceptional cases, it is allowed to carry out certain activities on the territory of another LGU if there are objective reasons for this, which are stated in the project proposal.
- Participation in this public call is open, on equal grounds, to all formally registered CSOs (association/association or foundation), in accordance with the applicable legal regulations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- In order to apply for the public call, applicants must:
- be a formally registered CSO in accordance with applicable legal regulations (association/association or foundation);
- Potential applicants cannot participate in the call or receive grants if they do not submit a signed and scanned statement of eligibility with the project proposal.
- This public call is not open to branches of foreign and international associations, foundations and other non-profit organizations registered and operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Applicants will be excluded from participation in the call or from the awarding of grants if, at the time of the call for submission of project proposals, they are:
- subjects of conflict of interest (e.g. employees of partner LGUs who at the same time hold executive or managerial roles in CSOs);
- provided false information or failed to provide necessary information;
- tried to obtain confidential information, influenced the evaluation committee or the authorized party for contracts during the evaluation process of the call for submission of project proposals.
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