Confidence Building in the South Caucasus
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.
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.
Information for applicants
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.