The Balkan Trust for Democracy’s financial and technical assistance for this sub-granting process is part of the larger Norwegian efforts to support North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

This page was updated on 7/16/19.


The firm prospect of EU membership remains the driver of transformation and anchor of stability and security in the countries of the Western Balkans. Enlargement policy continues to deliver results and reforms are moving forward in most countries, albeit at different speeds. Given the complex nature of the necessary reforms, it is a long-term process and structural shortcomings persist, notably in the key areas of rule of law and economy. The Balkan Trust for Democracy of The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade aim to contribute to the implementation of the reform processes by opening this Call. 

The overall goal of this Call is to contribute to the democratic consolidation, institutional reform, and lasting peace and stability of North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, by supporting CSOs’ initiatives geared toward EU integration processes focused on specific EU Negotiation Chapters:

Chapter 5: Public procurement

Chapter 8: Competition policy


Chapter 23: Judiciary and fundamental rights

Chapter 24: Justice, freedom, and security

Chapter 31: Foreign, security, and defense policy

Chapter 32: Financial control

Chapter 35: Other issues — Normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo (for Serbia only).

The Norwegian development assistance is guided by four cross-cutting considerations: human rights, women’s rights and equality, climate and environment, and anti-corruption.  


Eligibility: Only Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia may apply to this Call for Project Proposals as applicants. The applicant must be registered in one of these countries.

Partnerships: Organization may apply individually or in partnership with other Civil Society Organizations (CSO) eligible under this Call for Proposals. 

Eligible geographic coverage: Proposed activities must take place on the territory of North Macedonia and/or Montenegro and/or Serbia. Exceptions will be made for activities related to Chapter 35 — CSOs need to be registered in one of the three countries but limited number of activities may take place in Kosovo. Projects with cross-border activities among these countries are also eligible.

Duration of the proposed activities: Project implementation period is 12 months.

Size of Funding: The Call will award individual grants in range from 25,000 EUR to 100,000 EUR. Final decisions about the size and number of grants will depend only on the quality and relevance of received project proposals.

Information on awarded projects will be published on BTD website.


The Call for Project Proposals will be open from the day of publishing and proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

Project proposals must be submitted on the provided application forms, in English language only. 

The application documentation consists of the following mandatory documents: 

Should you have any questions regarding the Call, please send an email to balkantrust@gmfus.org with subject line “SEUI_MMS, [name of organization], [country].” No phone calls please. 



Applications should be sent via e-mail to: balkantrust@gmfus.org with subject line “SEUI_MMS, [name of organization], [country].” 

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. The applicant will get e-mail confirmation of receipt upon submission of complete application documentation. 

All applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis and notified of the decision.