The City of Bihać in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has announced 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 (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 members of the Partner Board of the ReLOaD2 project in Bosnia and Herzegovina are: The Delegation of the European Union to BiH, the Ministry of Justice of BiH, the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Administration and Local Self-Government of the Republika Srpska, both entity associations of municipalities/municipalities and cities, a representative of civil society organizations elected from the Advisory Board and representative of the TACSO3 project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The following 13 local self-government units are partners of the ReLOaD2 project: Bihać, Center Sarajevo, Gacko, Goražde, City of East Sarajevo, Gradiška, Mostar, Novo Sarajevo, Prijedor, Prozor-Rama, Rudo, Ugljevik and Vitez.
The following are priority areas:
- Improving the quality and availability of cultural and entertainment content for all categories of the population through the promotion of various forms of culture and art;
- Projects that contribute to encouraging the cultural and creative creativity of young people;
- 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;
- Sports projects for children and persons from socially excluded categories;
- Social Policy
- Support for projects aimed at sensitizing the public about violence (physical, psychological, virtual/ cyber), trauma and their consequences on the population with the aim of creating adequate support and prevention;
- Improvement of existing and development of new services for socially excluded categories;
- Improving the quality of life of people of the third age and/or vulnerable categories of the population;
- Strengthening social inclusion and access based on user needs;
- Projects that contribute to the improvement and promotion of human rights and gender equality;
- Support for Children and Adults with Developmental Difficulties
- Improving the quality and availability of educational and sports-recreational content for children with developmental disabilities;
- Innovative educational workshops and work methods 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;
- Youth Support
- Support for projects that encourage youth volunteerism, activism and respond to the needs of young people;
- Ensuring professional help and support for children and young people at risk of unwanted behavior, as well as improving the mental health of children and young people;
- Projects that encourage research, development and innovation among young people;
- Supporting activities for psychosocial assistance to young people (preventive work) and advocacy for systemic improvement of the position of young people in the City of Bihać;
- Protection of the Environment
- Projects that promote environmental protection and environmental protection;
- Projects aimed at animal welfare and combating the problem of abandoned animals;
- 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;
- Projects that prevent and prevent various forms of discrimination in society.
Financial resources will be allocated to those civil society organizations whose projects contribute to solving one or more priorities, and which meet the other conditions of the public call.
- The value of project proposals to be awarded under this call must be between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
- Minimum amount: 10,000.00KM
- Maximum amount: 50,000.00 KM
- One civil society organization can submit several project proposals within one or more public calls, with the maximum monetary 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 KM 120,000.00.
- The grant awarded under this call can finance administrative costs (human resources, travel/ transport and office costs) in a maximum amount of up to 30% of the total budget. The amount of requested funds for the purchase of equipment and reconstruction may not exceed 30% of the total budget in cumulative amount, while the amount of requested funds for visibility costs may not exceed 5% of the total value of the budget.
- The projects that will be selected for financing should be prepared in accordance with the public call, i.e. to the specified priority strategic areas expressed through the topics of the public call. CSO projects should be created in response to specific needs in local communities and for specific target groups identified by the project.
- Projects should consist of independent operational activities with clearly formulated operational objectives, target groups and planned outcomes.
- Projects should be integrated as a methodological set of activities, designed to achieve certain specific goals and results within a limited time frame.
- 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 they 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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