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Trag Foundation

Amount: $100,000
Grant Period: 7/1/2011 to 6/30/2013
Program: Civil Society
Program Area: Central/Eastern Europe
Geographic Focus: Serbia and Montenegro: Serbia and Montenegro (Multiple)

The program goal is to strengthen local-level democracy and civil society in Serbia by supporting the development of the Balkan Community Initiatives Fund - Serbia, an indigenous grantmaking organization that provides small grants to local nongovernmental organizations. Over the next two years, the grantee will distribute $520,000 annually in grants to community-based nonprofits in Serbia, provide networking and training opportunities to these organizations, and promote philanthropy at local and national levels. In addition, the grantee will build its organizational capacities and sustainability through long-term financial planning and diversification of its funding base. In 2012, the grantee will launch an endowment-building program designed to raise over $750,000 over the next five years. In connection with this program, the grantee will invest additional funds into building staff capacities, organizing events, bringing on additional staff, and engaging consultants as needed. In 2009-2010, the grantee made over 150 grants totaling approximately $1,800,000. The grantee is a registered grantmaking organization in Serbia and works through a core staff based in Belgrade.

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