Democracy Commission Small Grants Program

We are currently NOT accepting Democracy Commission Small Grants proposals.
The deadline for submitting proposals expired on
February 25, 2018.
Results of the Democracy Commission Small Grants competition will be posted on our website. Only the finalists to receive grants will be notified in writing by the U.S. Embassy.

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program is to award grants for specific projects that support democracy and the development of democratic institutions in the Republic of Serbia. Grants will be primarily awarded to non-governmental (NGOs) and other non-profit organizations with projects in the regions outside of Belgrade. The maximum amount of a grant is $24,000, but smaller grants are preferred in order to support more projects. To be eligible for consideration, every applicant must be registered in the territory of the Republic of Serbia and engaged in, or propose to carry out, a project whose purpose is to further the development of democratic institutions in Serbia, especially in local municipalities.

The following list represents the U.S. Embassy’s priority areas

  1. Rule of law, legal reform, and transparency in government
  2. Anti-corruption awareness campaigns and training
  3. Further development of a market economy
  4. Conflict resolution and tolerance
  • Project proposals should include all of the information requested in the Application Form. Proposals will not be considered until all information is received.
  • Amounts in the project budget have to be in U.S. dollars.
  • Project budget should not include any expenses incurred outside of the territory of the Republic of Serbia, such as international transportation, purchase of goods or payment of services in other countries, etc.
  • Fees for staff engaged in the project implementation on a regular basis (project manager, project assistant, accountant, etc.) should not exceed 35% of the total project budget.
  • The project budget can include bank charges.
  • Grants are made on a one-time basis. A successful applicant may re-apply for a second grant, but the second proposal must be for a distinctly different project from the first project funded by the Democracy Commission.

Projects NOT Funded by the Democracy Commission

  • those submitted by non-Serbian organizations and individuals;
  • those relating to partisan political activity;
  • conferences and individual trips abroad;
  • charitable activity and humanitarian aid;
  • fund-raising campaigns;
  • commercial projects;
  • arts and culture projects;
  • scientific research;
  • individuals not affiliated with an organization that can provide long-term sustainability to the project;
  • skill learning or training programs;
  • and those that duplicate existing projects.

Evaluation Criteria

The U.S. Embassy has established the Democracy Commission, which reviews and evaluates proposals at least once per year. The Embassy will also be in touch with other donor institutions and countries that provide financial support for the projects promoting democratic institutions.

Project proposals are evaluated according to the topic of the project, clearly formulated goals and target groups, project sustainability and the ability of the applying organization to carry out the project aims.

Project proposals that meet the basic criteria outlined above will be considered at meetings of the Democracy Commission. If your proposal meets the criteria of the Democracy Commission and is under consideration, you may be invited for an interview or asked to submit additional information.

Democracy Commission does NOT accept applications throughout the year. All approved projects will be listed on the website up to SIX months after the submission of the project.


Previously Approved Projects
  • ASTRA Anti Trafficking Action
    “Bridging the Gaps and Strengthening Prosecutorial and Law Enforcement Capacities in Combatting TIP (trafficking in persons) in Serbia”
  • Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
    “Local Human Rights Defenders Against Intolerance”
  • Toplica Center for Democracy and Human Rights
    “Citizens and Media for Transparency and Anti-Corruption in Local Public Procurements”
  • Green Initiative of Vojvodina
    “Documentary TV serial: Green Patrol in Action”
  • NGO Teach me
    “Youth Innovation Center”
  • Timok Youth Center
    “Pomak: Think Outside the Box”
  • European Youth Center
    “Same in Diversity”
  • Uzice Child Rights Center
    “Children Debate on Child Rights”
  • Association Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy CELAP
    “Encouraging the Development of Gender Equality and Democratic Culture in Schools in Serbia”
  • Youth Initiative for Human Rights
    “Promotion and Monitoring of the Ombudsman Institution in Serbia”
  • Association Culturpark
    “Museum of Violence’s Traveling Public Archive – Creating Youth Network in Preventing Radicalism and Violent Extremism on Local Level”
  • Roma Association Sloga
    “Education of Roma and Their Integration into the Legal Economic Flows”
  • Association of Citizens Monitor
    “Youth Capacity Building in the Fight Against Hate Speech in Electronic Media and Social Networks in Southwestern Serbia”
  • Weekly Vranjske
    Justice in the South – production of bilingual investigative reports on criminal cases in the Region of South Serbia”
  • Artistic Production Group ShockART
    “The Lighthouse”
  • Institute for European Affairs
    “Minority Rights Defenders”
  • Center for Democratic Activities
    Anti-Corruption Coalition Jablanica and Pčinja districts“
  • Forum for Civic Action Forca Pozega
    “Development of Agribusiness Cooperatives in Western Serbia (Zlatiborski and Moravicki county)”
  • Citizens’ Association Business Innovation Programs
    “Big Ideas for New Businesses – Pre Incubator Support for New Entrepreneurs”
  • Foundation for New Communication “Dokukino”
    “Beyond Businesses: Propelling Impact Investment in Serbia”
  • Balkan Center for Migration and Humanitarian Activities
    “To Better Understand Each Other”
  • OKK PLAY 017
    “Let’s Be Tolerant”
  • Center E8
    “Engaging Youth in Countering Violent Extremism in Local Communities”
  • Attractive Visions “Titulli”
    “Advanced Society in Local Government”
  • Institute for European Affairs
    “Minority Rights Defenders”
  • Partners for Democratic Change Serbia
    “Mock Trial Competition for Law Students – Sustainable Implementation of the Criminal Procedure Code (SICPC) in Serbia”
  • Centre for Sustainable Local and Regional Development
    “The Spending of Local Public Funds”
  • Serbian Venture Network
    “Fostering Positive Socio-Economic Change and Developing Entrepreneurship Through Creating of New Generation Social/Impact Entrepreneurs in Serbia”
  • Junior Achievement Serbia
    “Transforming the Western Balkans – from Lost Generation to Business Doers”
  • The Balkan Center for the Middle East
    “Preventing Radicalization and Terrorist Recruitment of Young Muslims in Serbia Through a Social Media Campaign”
  • Association of Business Women of Serbia
    “Free Access to Market for All Through Enhancing Integration of Woman’s Entrepreneurship into the Market Economy in Serbia”
  • Center for Children and Youth in Vrnjacka Banja
    “Agro Business Incubator – Decrease of Youth Unemployment”
  • NGO The World of Words
    “Youth Against Corruption – Mobilization of Youth People from 10 Municipalities of the Podunavski, Pomoravski, Sumadijski, and Branicevski Region to Combat Corruption”

 

  • Women’s Government – “A-LISTA”
    Women’s Initiative for Connecting, Sharing and Affirmation”
  • Center 9
    “Media and the Religious Other in Serbia: Learning About Each Other”
  • Balkan Center for Migration and Humanitarian Activities
    “Legal Info Board as a Means to Increase Public Understanding of Rule of Law”
  • Center for Development of Civil Society
    “Citizens as Partners in Local Municipalities”
  • Serbian National Association of Mediators
    “Mediation as Effective Conflict Resolution Tool in Serbia”
  • Women of South
    “Stop Trafficking of Women”
  • New Media Center LIBER
    “Mapping the Hate Road on the Web”
  • Association for the Promotion of Serbian Economy “Timeline”
    “Kliker” TV Serial and Video Web Portal”
  • Creative Economy Group
    “Economic Empowerment of Rural Creative Industries in the Region of Pirot”
  • Fund B92
    “Click Safely
    Safer Internet Center – Serbia’s Educational and Awareness Raising Activities”
  • Civic Initiatives
    “Independent Bodies Closer to Citizens”
  • Association for Helping Mentally Challenged Persons (MNRO)
    “Socialization of Autistic Children Using MS Kinect Sensor Tool and Running Tape”
  • Humanitarian Law Center
    “Exhibition on Judicially Established Facts on Srebrenica Genocide: Marking 20 Years since Srebrenica Genocide”
  • Center for Activism Vranje
    “Youth in Action for Transparency Institutions”
  • Institute for European Affairs
    “Debating Memberships – EU and NATO”
  • European Movement in Serbia
    “Fifth Belgrade Security Forum 2015 – Can Europe Redefine Itself?”
  • European Movement in Serbia (EMinS)
    “The Fourth Belgrade Security Forum 2014 – Europe 2014: Closure and/or New Beginning”
  • Open Fund for Football (OFFS)
    “Sport + School + Police (SSP) in 27 Districts in Serbia”
  • Policy Center
    “Implementation of the Brussels Agreement through Monitoring of Chapter 35”
  • Association Citizens Perspective
    “Parents’ Guide for Social Inclusion”
  • News.org
    “Freedom for Freedom of Speech”
  • Association of Citizens Amity
    “Consistent Respect for Human Rights of Elderly in Serbia”
  • The Heartefact Fund
    “The European Task Force – Empowering Advocacy for Safeguarding Democracy, Rule of Law, and Human Rights in Serbia”
  • Red Cross of Serbia
    “National Students Competition in International Humanitarian Law – Moot Court re: Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law”
  • Serbian Venture Network
    “Web Platform for On-line Entrepreneurship and Startup Education and Promotion of Entrepreneurial Mindset”
  • Association of Business Women
    “Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship in Southeast Serbia”
  • Ana and Vlade Divac Fund
    “Celebrating Diversity”
  • Association of Consumers in Serbia (APOS)
    “Consumer Investor in the Market”
  • Development Initiative Network Logosfera
    “Think Green – Startup!: Education for Development of Business Ideas and Self-Employment”
  • Association for Entrepreneurship Development
    “Entrepreneurs for Better Economic Development”
  • Center for Children and Youth – Vrnjacka Banja
    “Connecting Youth with the Market Economy”
  • Women’s Center Uzice (WCU)
    “Entrepreneurship Friendly Agenda for Uzice and Zlatibor Region”