A Consortium of eight civil society organisations from Armenia and Turkey announces a Call for Proposals for the Sub-grant Scheme within the framework ofthe programme Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process (ATNP) funded by the European Union under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Bridge Funding for ATNP.
The Programme’s overall objective is to empower and engage civil societies of Turkey and Armenia to contribute to the enhanced regional peace and stability, democratic pluralism and social inclusion across and within their societies. This will be achieved through engaging new actors in economic, cultural, educational, and awareness-raising activities between Armenia and Turkey, and improving information flow, communication exchange and networking between media, expert communities and institutions.
The Consortium is made up of Civilitas Foundation (CF), Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF), Public Journalism Club (PJC), Regional Studies Center (RSC) from Armenia; and Anadolu Kültür, the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), Citizens’ Assembly (CA), and Hrant Dink Foundation (HDF) from Turkey.
One of the main pillars of the Programme is inclusiveness – to engage and support new actors in the dialogue process. To this end, the Consortium created a Sub-grant Scheme to invite organisations and individuals from Armenia and Turkey - other than the Consortium members - to propose and implement their own project ideas, which will contribute to the overall objective of the Programme and multiply the shared outcomes.
The Sub-grant Scheme has a total funding of € 80,000 and aims to support from 4 to 8 applicants with sub-grants ranging from € 5,000 to € 20,000.
Applications are welcome from civil society organisations and individuals other than the Consortium partners. However, individuals will have to participate in a pre-grant meeting at HDF (for the applicants from Turkey) or EPF (for the applicants from Armenia) to provide clear division of tasks and responsibilities for the project implementation. The Sub-grant Scheme may also provide grants to profit-making organisations in case the sub-grant funds contribute to the overall objective of the Programme and not used to make profit. Applicant organisations should have a formal registration either in Armenia or in Turkey. Individual applicants should be either citizens of Armenia or Turkey or should have permanent residency in Armenia or Turkey. Governmental/public agencies and political entities are not eligible to apply.
Applications will be considered by an Evaluation Committee, comprising designated representatives from all members of the Consortium; representatives of the European Union and Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs may participate in an observer capacity. The selection criteria upon which the Evaluation Committee will consider the applications include the following:
The Consortium will assist the awarded projects with networking and publicity. The Consortium will also share the results of the awarded projects through the tri-lingual website of the Programme. The sub-grantees will be included in the pool of Consortium contacts and will receive updates on the Programme, as well as invitations to various Consortium events.
The Sub-grant Scheme was first launched by the Consortium in 2014 with two open calls in May and September 2014, and received a total of 130 applications, 60 from Armenia and 70 from Turkey, out of which 11 applications, 6 from Armenia and 5 from Turkey, were funded. Another round of Sub-grant Scheme was announced in July 2016, and it received a total of 47 applications, 31 from Armenia and 16 from Turkey, out of which 9 projects, 6 from Armenia and 3 from Turkey, were funded.
The current deadline for applications is December 18, 2017.
Applications submitted by this deadline will receive Consortium’s feedback in January 2018. In this case, projects can start in February 2018 with the final date of activities being October 31, 2018.
Applications should be submitted in English including the following documents in the requested format:
Armenia-based applicants should submit their application packages electronically to Eurasia Partnership Foundation (Armenia) at [email protected]
Turkey-based applicants should submit their application packages to Hrant Dink Foundation (Turkey) at [email protected]
Before the submission of their proposals, applicants should read the Guidelines for Grant Scheme Applicants.
Armenia-based applicants can address their inquiries to Ms. Lusine Avagyan at +374 10 25 15 75 (ext. 118) or [email protected]
Turkey-based applicants can address their inquiries to Mr. Çağdaş Özbakan at +90 212 240 33 61 (ext. 227) or [email protected]
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.