- Program Civil Society
- Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
- Grant Amount $180,000
- Grant Period August 1, 2009–June 30, 2011
- Location Belgrade, Serbia
- Geographic Focus Montenegro, Serbia
About this grant
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 fund will distribute $850,000 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 fund will build its organizational capacities and sustainability through improved monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and long-term financial planning. In 2007-2008, the fund made over 170 grants totaling approximately $1,350,000. The fund is a registered grantmaking organization in Serbia and works through a core staff based in Belgrade. In 2008, its field office in Montenegro became an independent foundation.