Confidence Building in the South Caucasus

Confidence Building in the South Caucasus

A joint initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Black Sea Trust

The Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation of the German Marshall Fund (BST) are continuing their joint funding initiative to support confidence building activities of non-state actors in the South Caucasus and its neighboring regions. Projects related to Turkish-Armenian rapprochement are also supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Partners are convinced that civil society can make a valuable contribution to the process of confidence building, mutual understanding and reconciliation between populations in territories involved in (armed) conflicts. This initiative is designed to encourage grantees to investigate new ways, methods and approaches to generating mutual understanding.
The projects should be initiated by civil society organizations, who can successfully involve various population groups from the region in their projects’ activities. Organizations requesting grants must be legally registered in one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine. The involvement of additional partners (especially those from the EU) is possible and welcome.

Projects working in the following areas would be especially appreciated:
  • cross-border initiatives for youth;
  • approaches to political and civic education;
  • approaches to reconciliation and peace that incorporate experiences from history and convey them to the younger generation;
  • the role of media in overcoming stereotypes.

A special emphasis is placed on multilateral initiatives and those that reach out to the neighboring countries - Russia and Turkey. Projects should be exemplary and make use of novel and innovative means of building trust. The average grant will be around 20 000 USD (about 15 000 EUR), multilateral projects can in special cases exceed that amount.

The entire program administration is carried out by the Black Sea Trust on behalf of both partners. Applications and reports are to be submitted in English only. Decisions about selection and funding of the submitted projects will be taken jointly by representatives of the donors, with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation only involved in Turkish-Armenian reconciliation projects. A grant letter to the selected projects will be issued by the BST twice a year.

Information for applicants

Applicants can find more information on the website of the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation.
Consultation for applicants from the Black Sea region will be provided by the representatives of the Black Sea Trust (see adjoining contact data).

NOTE: In addition to the joint initiative, BST will continue to fund projects in all countries of the Black Sea region, including in-country projects in all three countries of the South Caucasus.


Mehriban Rahimli
BST representative for Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia

Contact at the Foundation

Henry Alt-Haaker
Phone +49 (0)30 220025-322