March 4, 2024
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Raising the Stakes: Embracing a New Year with Ambitious Goals

The Western Balkans Fund welcomes the new year with a fresh wave of ambitions and prospects.

Under the Sarajevo Chairmanship-in-Office, our aim this year is to solidify our position as an all-encompassing and influential funding hub for regional projects involving Civil Society Organizations and individuals.

We are delighted to announce a significant milestone as we commence this year: The extension of our partnership with the European Union for an additional two years.

Following the remarkable success of the 4th and 5th Call for Proposals, the European Commission and Western Balkans Fund finalized a new contract in late November 23, prolonging our ongoing collaboration until 2025.

In this renewed collaboration, the WBF-EU will not only support another Call for Proposals but also introduce a novel grant mechanism, effectively doubling the maximum funding amount available to Civil Society Organizations (now up to 30,000 EUR).

This year, our goal is to introduce yet another distinctive grant scheme, this time in partnership with the International Visegrad Fund.

In the coming days, we will announce the results of the Third Call for Proposals of the WBF Move Grants, providing support for numerous new projects.

The WBF Move Grants, a pilot grant scheme experimented in three separate Calls throughout 2023, will continue to evolve, benefiting individuals.

We can anticipate the publication of the results for the 6th Call for Proposals in late February or early March, which will award grants to dozens of new Civil Society Organizations.

Simoultaneously, we will persist in our close collaborations with esteemed partners such as the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swiss Embassy to Tirana, and prospective collaborators to further develop programs to the benefit of all potential stakeholders.

After the resounding success of 2023, we eagerly anticipate scaling new heights and achieving remarkable milestones in the coming year.

Stay tuned for further updates. Western Balkans Fund – Supporting Common Projects!