Call for Projects: CBSS Project Support Facility Funding

Deadline: 8 May 2016

The Council of the Baltic States has launched a CBSS Project Support Facility (PSF) funding to co-finance the development and implementation of Baltic Sea macro-regional cooperation projects.

Priority Areas

  • Regional Identity: aims to develop and foster the concept of Baltic Sea Region identity and a sense of belonging to the Baltic Sea Region through engagement, dialogue, people-to-people contacts, macro-regional networks and multilevel governance.
  • Sustainable & Prosperous Region: The actions under the priority to the eradication of obstacles hampering the comprehensive and sustainable development of the region, seek to the overall competitiveness of the Baltic Sea region through sustainable economic growth and labour markets, research and development, innovative infrastructure, an integrated maritime policy, transport and communications.
  • Safe & Secure Region: Its goal is to enhance societal security and safety in the Baltic Sea Region, and to ensure that people of the Region are protected from and resilient to violence, accidents and emergencies through preparedness, and safeguarded against harm caused by criminal exploitation and human trafficking.

Funding Information

  • PSF funding will range between 10 000 euro and 50 000 euros.
  • Projects must have secured a minimum of 10% co-funding (funding in-kind included).

Eligible Countries

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and a representative from the European Commission.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Members of the CBSS Expert Groups (mentioned above) and Networks
  • NGOs and other non-profit making bodies
  • National, regional and local public authorities
  • Public equivalent bodies (any legal body governed by public or private law)
  • Associations formed by one or several bodies governed by public law
  • External actors as CBSS Observer States or institutions of the CBSS non-member states can propose project ideas together with the CBSS Member State organizations.
  • The CBSS structures can invite third parties (public or public equivalent body or the NGOs` umbrella organizations, including Observers and Strategic Partners) to make joint proposals for projects to be funded by the PSF.
  • Applying entities must demonstrate having the necessary financial and managerial capacities to carry out the project from initiation to the end. This means that the organisation will need to confirm, if the project is selected, that the other sources of funds are secured in order to implement the project as described.
  • Only legal entities are eligible for funding;
  • Organisations with at least two years existence.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form via given website.

For more information, please visit CBSS Project Support Facility.

U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program: Fostering Greater Contacts between Americans & Russians

Deadline: 24 May 2016

The U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy Moscow is seeking proposals from U.S and Russian organisations for FY 2016 U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program with an aim to help foster greater contacts between Americans and Russians by supporting unique projects centered on Russian-American, peer-to-peer collaboration, including an exchange of best practices between Russians and Americans on a topic of mutual interest.

Projects must be non-political in nature and focus on Russian-American peer-to-peer dialogue or people-to-people engagement on themes of mutual interest that support greater understanding of shared values, institutional and professional development and strengthen the awareness of the merits of inclusive societies.

Funding Information: Availability of funds are up to $1,650,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Proposals may be accepted from U.S. or Russian organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. public and private non-profit organizations and academic institutions (both public and private) meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).;
  • Russian non-commercial organizations and academic institutions that are not owned, funded or controlled by the Government of the Russian Federation.
  • Any proposed sub-partners or sub-grantees must also meet the above parameters.
  • Commercial firms are not eligible to apply under this program.
  • Previous Peer-to-Peer grantees and sub-grantees/partners are not eligible to apply.
  • Peer-to-Peer projects may focus on any theme that is not political in nature, including, but not limited to higher education, cultural exchange, journalism, environment, community development, social services, public health, civil society, etc.
  • Projects should be original, creative, and dynamic and focus on sharing innovative practices unique to each country.
  • Potential activities may include but are not limited to short-term exchanges, web-chats, seminars, interactive training, the development of online resources, and classroom activities.
  • Potential applicants must ensure that program activities are directly tied to the goals of the project, and are encouraged to introduce new and unique approaches to facilitating peer-to-peer interaction and the exchange of best practices.
  • Successful projects will be results-driven and have a multiplier effect.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can request for application packages via given website.

For more information, please visit U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program.

Swedish Institute’s Creative Force Programme: Supporting Collaborative Projects in the Target Countries

Deadline: 17 May 2016

The Swedish Institute is currently seeking applications from the eligible organisations for its Creative Force Programme with the overall objective to strengthen democratic structures and freedom of expression in the target countries. These aims shall be achieved through mutual learning processes and sustainable networks between institutions and agents of change who work with either culture or the media to bring about change.

Funding Information

Applicants can apply for the Seed funding for the maximum amount of SEK 100,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants may be Swedish civil society organisations, foundations, public sector agencies, private sector agencies or other professional actors.

Geographical Focus

  • AFRICA: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
  • MENA: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
  • Eastern Europe: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldava, Turkey and Ukraine
  • Russia

Note: The countries of South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan) are no longer included in the programme.

How to Apply

Applications with the mandatory attachments must be submitted via web form that will be open during the application period.

For more information, please visit Creative Force Programme.

2016/2017 GERDA HENKEL Fellowship: Research in fields of Humanities & Social Sciences

Deadline: 31 July 2016

The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS Sofia) is seeking applications for its 2016/2017 GERDA HENKEL Fellowship for fundamental research in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences.

CAS Sofia invites outstanding scholars to pursue their individual research projects during in-residence periods of up to five months.

Benefits

  • A monthly stipend of 750 euro (liable to 10% income tax) to cover living expenses related to the stay in Sofia
  • Accommodation in Sofia, comprising living quarters and working space. The Fellows will also have free access to the CAS library and electronic resources/databases
  • Travel from the home country to Sofia and back, visa and insurance costs (up to 850 Euro);
  • Research field trip abroad during the fellowship period – up to1500 Euros (a one-time allowance)
  • Research expenses (100 euro per month)

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Be citizens of one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Belarus, China (permanent residence in Tibet or Xinjiang Autonomous Regions), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan
  • Have completed a PhD in the fields of the humanities and social sciences
  • International research experience (participation in projects and refereed conferences) and publications in peer-reviewed academic editions are strong advantages
  • Preference will be given to candidates below the age of 45

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form via given website.

All application documents should be presented in English.

For more information, please visit GERDA HENKEL Fellowship.

2016 Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum: Creating Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs!

Deadline: 30 April 2016

The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER) are seeking applications for its Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum 2016 (WVEF 2016) which will be held on 1st and 2nd September in Istanbul, Turkey.

This is the premier global event to get inspired, do business and create lifetime opportunities for women entrepreneurs by providing training, improving skills and facilitating meetings with buyers.

Priority Areas

  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Business Services
  • Textiles and Garments
  • Tourism

Benefits

  • Get the inside track from industry gurus
  • Boost your knowledge at trade clinics
  • Discover a place on corporate and government procurement
  • Initiate partnerships and strong business relationships

Eligible Countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Macedonia, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applying companies must be women owned
  • Company must be formally registered and incorporated
  • Company must operate in one or several of the WVEF 2016 sectors (ICT and Business Services; Textiles and Garments; Tourism)
  • Company must be domiciled in an economy in transition or developing country(mentioned above)

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum.

Common Fund for Commodities: 8th Call for Proposals to support Business Activities

Deadline: 30 April 2016

The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) is seeking applications for its 8th Call for Proposals to support of commodity development activities in eligible countries. The CFC seeks to support business activities in the field of commodity development, including agriculture, minerals and metals in Developing Countries.

Objectives

  • Social: Create employment (particularly for youth and women), provide sustained increase in household incomes, reduce poverty, and enhance food security.
  • Economic: Enhance production and productivity, achieve higher local value addition; improve competitiveness of producers, producer organisations and small and medium sized industries, support the financial sector development.
  • Environmental: Enhance production taking into account the environment and its long term possibilities for the same, or increased use of productive resources while maintaining or reducing the impact on the environment.

Eligible Countries

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Finland, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants eligible to apply under this Call for Proposals are all legal public and private entities that:

  • Operate in commodity value chains in CFC member countries (mentioned above) or provide financial services to micro, small and medium sized businesses operating in the value chains
  • Have a proven relevant track record of sound commercial operations in the proposed activities over a period of at least 3 years, which can be documented by means of (audited) financial statements.
  • Share CFC’s values, including internationally recognized principles concerning human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption as reflected in the United Nations Global Compact

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form via given website.

For more information, Please visit: http://common-fund.org/call-for-proposals/

Asia-Europe Foundation: Journalists’ Workshop on “Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity”

Deadline: 14 March 2016

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is inviting applicants for ASEF Journalists’ Workshop on “Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity” to provide an opportunity for 20 journalists to come together to share their professional media experiences and perspectives from national and regional levels, in a direct exchange with their regional counterparts.  It is a two day event which will be held from 7-11 May 2016 in Guangzhou, China.

This workshop will be a platform for the participants to share their journalistic experiences in and perspectives on handling digital connectivity from national and regional levels. Through discussions, the event will explore the current environment of ‘digital connect’ and the role of journalism in reflecting and facilitating ‘connectivity’ between diverse communities.

ASEF is the only permanently established institution of ASEM and is funded by voluntary contributions from its member governments and shares the financing of its projects with its civil society partners across Asia and Europe.

Objectives

  • Strengthen Asia-Europe ties
  • Create shared experiences for learning and dialogue
  • Enhance mutual understanding
  • Explore opportunities for cooperation

Eligible Countries: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India,  Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lao PDR, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be a citizen of an ASEM member country.
  • be currently working as a journalist (traditional media, online media, freelance are all eligible)
  • have more than 5 years of working experience as a journalist covering international affairs

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Asia-Europe Foundation.

Tandem Ukraine Programme 2016-17: Supporting and Addressing Social Challenges and Opportunities!

Deadline: 14 March 2016

Applicants are invited for Tandem programme to support the development of partnerships that address current social challenges and opportunities. It is an international collaboration programme for cultural makers and their organisations.

Since its inception in 2011, Tandem has supported long-term collaborations, knowledge development and networking opportunities for more than 250 cultural managers from over 100 cities in 35 countries across the wider Europe.

Tandem Ukraine is designed around the core belief that the burning cultural and social questions of can be addressed creatively and effectively through inspiring learning experiences while working with new organisations and across new localities. Their vision is to see strong networks of creative communities and cultural change makers emerge from this programme and to support the impact they make.

Tandem Ukraine offers a platform for collaborations between cultural actors to strengthen their capacities in community development and conflict resolution through the arts and culture on local and international level.

Benefits

Tandem Ukraine 2016-17 programme includes:

  • 12-day working placement at the Tandem partner organisation
  • 4 international meetings with moderated peer to peer learning sessions and input by experienced trainers
  • start-up funding of EUR 5,000 for a Tandem pilot project
  • becoming part of the Tandem network of more than 250 cultural managers coming from ca. 35 countries in wider Europe

Eligible Countries: Ukraine, all 28 EU member states, Belarus, Moldova and the Russian Federation.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be based in one of the eligible countries mentioned above.
  • be an independent cultural NGO, a non-hierarchical and open-minded public institution or a civil society initiative which is well rooted in a local community and has an established professional network
  • have the (organisational and financial) capacity, ambition and experience to engage in a one and a half year intensive international programme
  • commit to providing sufficient working time of one cultural manager (ca. 12-15 weeks throughout 1,5 year programme)
  • Applicants need to have a good command of English language in order to follow the programme sessions.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online via link given on the website.

For more information, please visit Tandem Ukraine.

Swedish Institute’s Seed Funding Grants under the Framework for Collaboration in the Baltic Sea Region

Deadline: 14 April 2016

The Swedish Institute (SI) invites Swedish organisations to submit applications for seed funding for the Baltic Sea region, aiming at developing conditions for long-lasting sustainable relations between organisations in the region.

The project activities should contribute to economically, environmentally and socially sustainable growth and development in the Baltic Sea region and vicinity through its activities there.

The project addresses a challenge in one of the following documents:

  • the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region,
  • the EU’s Eastern Partnership or
  • the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan

The project must be in line with ambitions for a closer partnership with other countries in the Baltic Sea region, including Russia.

Focus Areas

The Seed funding 2016 call for applications for funding in the following general areas:

  • An ecologically sustainable region
  • Sustainable growth from increased prosperity
  • Challenges to the region

Seed funding can be awarded, for instance, for projects that:

  • Set up new networks or expand and strengthen existing ones
  • Prepare an application for EU funding
  • Conduct a preliminary study

Funding Information

Applicants can apply for up to SEK 500,000 in funding.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The main applicant must always be a Swedish organisation.
  • A partnership may consist of the following organisations-
    • Local authorities, regional authorities, regional development councils and county councils.
    • Government agencies
    • Institutions of higher learning and research institutes
    • Business and trade organisations
    • Companies
    • NGOs
    • Intergovernmental organisations
  • Partner countries
    • Sweden
    • Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
    • Russia (with priority given to northwest Russia)
    • Ukraine and Belarus
    • Georgia and Moldova: mainly academic institutions. Provided that one academic institution from these countries is represented, other organisations may also join the partnership.
  • Organisations from other countries in the Baltic Sea region – Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Iceland – are welcome to join the partnership, but SI does not provide any funding for their participation.
  • Requirements for the partnership
    • A partnership must include at least three countries that qualify for funding, with the main applicant being from Sweden
    • A partnership must include at least three organisations.
  • SI takes a positive view of partnerships that include more organisations when they can contribute to longer-lasting collaboration and increased dissemination of project results.

How to Apply

In order to apply, applicants must fill in the online application form which will soon be available on the official website.

For more information, please visit SI Seed Funding Grants 2016.

Robert Bosch Stiftung: 2016-2017 Carl Freidrich Goerdeler Kolleg for Good Governance Program

Deadline: 22 February 2016

Are you working in the public sector or in the economy? Do you want to continue your education and network with committed Europeans? Do you want to develop and implement new ideas and innovative concepts? If yes, then apply for Kolleg for Good Governance 2016–2017 program.

Robert Bosch Stiftung in cooperation with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) is seeking applications from young executives for the Carl Friedrich Goerdeler Kolleg for Good Governance 2016–2017 program to provide professional training in the field of good governance to a new generation of executives

Focus Areas

  • Acting Responsibly: Participants will receive additional training and certification in the areas of administration modernization and good governance.
  • Gaining insight behind the scenes: Participants will learn how good governance is practiced in administration, business, and civil society by means of practical examples in Germany and the EU.
  • Shaping Sustainable Plans: Participants develop their own plans for a project relating to conditions in their own countries, receive training as project managers, and initiate their projects in the course of their year at the Kolleg.

 Benefits

  • extend participants professional training in seminars and to take an active part in discussions and project workshops,
  • build up participants network of contacts in Germany, the EU, and all participating countries
  • make a contribution to the development of good governance in the relations between public administration, business, and civil society.
  • Its year-long program offers future policy makers the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of political interrelationships and international cooperation.
  • Participants will meet with experts from civil society, politics, and administration in Germany and the EU, and receive advanced training in the field of administrative modernization and good governance.
  • The Kolleg provides the participants with the opportunity to develop and implement their own project in the area of good governance which relates to their work and is of use for their home institution.
  • During the Kolleg, the participants advance and improve their projects and are accompanied by an experienced project coach.
  • These encounters allow all the participants to discuss and share their ideas and experiences in a unified Europe.
  • Participants are given the opportunity to spend certain days observing institutions in Berlin and the surrounding areas that are related to their field of work.

Eligible Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine

Eligibility Criteria

  • citizenship of one of the eligible countries mentioned above.
  • residency in one of these countries
  • a university degree, with proof of outstanding academic performance
  • several years of professional experience in relevant areas (with responsibilities in personnel or budget matters)
  • the support of your employer
  • a specific idea for a project and an interest in good governance and political thought
  • a strong sense of social responsibility and commitment in addition to strong leadership qualities
  • excellent German as well as English language skills

 For more information regarding the application procedure and more, please visit Kolleg for Good Governance 2016–2017 program.