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Call For Proposals - Small Grants To Support Women's Empowerment

The United States Embassy acting through the Office of Public Affairs is pleased to announce  call for proposals to be funded from the Fund to Support Women’s Empowerment.  This fund will support small grant initiatives designed to promote women's political, economic, leadership, and social advancement in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Project proposals should not exceed $24,000.  The deadline for proposal submission to the Office of Public Affairs is December 31, 2012.

Some possible project initiatives could include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Economic opportunity: Programs fostering women’s economic empowerment through projects that promote the economic independence of all women.
  • Leadership skills, Mentoring: Projects that support policy reform and leadership training initiatives, mentoring programs for women, and development of women’s skills to increase their participation in government, academia and business. Programs supporting education and empowerment of girls, including programs that encourage their leadership and participation in all sectors of society.
  • Public awareness campaigns: Raising awareness, advocating for reforms, outreach to marginalized female population in rural areas, human rights, health care, anti-trafficking and other important issues. 

Project proposals must:

  • Be completed in English.
  • Not exceed six pages in length, with detailed budget included.
  • Include all requested information in the standardized application form (A statement clearly identifying the problem to be addressed; a summary of the proposed project; project description, including specific activities, desired outcomes and performance measures; description of the recipient organization, including its technical and   management capacity).
  • Not exceed eighteen months for the project’s duration.
  • Be submitted to the following e-mail address: Only applications submitted by e-mail will be considered.

Budget guidelines:

  • Detailed budget should be expressed in USD, with a maximum amount of $24,000.
  • Budget should NOT include VAT expenses.
  • Project implementation costs ( salaries, fees for project manager, project assistant, accountant, consultant, contractor, trainer etc.),  overhead and other administrative expenses should be linked to specific grant activities and should not exceed 40 % of total award amount.
  • Funds should not be used for food expenses. When these costs cannot be supported otherwise, they should be clearly justified and limited to a maximum of 10% of the total award amount.
  • Alcohol, entertainment or “miscellaneous” are not allowable expenses.
  • Costs incurred before the grant period start date will not be reimbursed.

Women’s Empowerment grants funds:

  • Should not provide for long term infrastructure needs that are not sustainable once grant funds are depleted.
  • Should not be used for any expenses incurred outside of the territory of BiH, such as travel to international conferences, purchase of goods or payment of services in other countries.
  • Should not be used to provide direct social services to a population.
  • Should not be used for partisan political activity. However, non-partisan election education and public information activities are appropriate.
  • Should not be used for funding charitable activity and humanitarian aid, commercial projects or fund-raising campaigns.

Only project proposals that meet the basic criteria outlined above will be considered at meetings of the Women’s Empowerment Commission. The project proposals will be 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’s aims.

Each organization may submit only one project for consideration. Organizations that have received a grant under this program and have not completed their projects are not eligible to apply until they submit the final report.

In preparing your application, please be aware that you may not hear back immediately whether your proposal has been accepted as the deliberations of the Embassy’s Democracy Commission may take at least two months and the final funding decision is taken in Washington.

The deadline for proposal submission is December  31, 2012.

Only NGOs and independent media that are based and legally registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina are eligible to apply.  The call for proposals is open until December 31, 2012. 

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for this program, please request our standardized application at E-mail address: . The application form is identical to the one used last year.

For more information please contact us by phone: + 387 33 704-344 or by fax: + 387 33 704-432.