Why are we running this project?

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. 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 affected in (armed) conflicts.


What are our goals?

The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BST) promotes regional cooperation with the aim of building lasting relationships as well as strengthening civil society in the region. This initiative is designed to encourage grantees to investigate new ways, methods and approaches to generating mutual understanding.


How does the project work?

A special emphasis is placed on multilateral initiatives and those that reach out to neighboring countries like Russia and Turkey. Projects should be exemplary while using 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 this amount.

Projects focusing on 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.

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 related to Turkish-Armenian rapprochement are also supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.