Balkan Civic Practices #3- A Guide to EU Funding for NGOs

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balkan-civic-practices-3Balkan Civil Society Development Network is proud to present the third issue of its periodical publication Balkan Civic Practices. This edition carries the title “A Guide to European Union – Funding for NGOs”. The Guide is a follow-up to the training on mobilization of resources organized in the framework of EU-funded project “Partnership in Action – Strenghtening Civil Society Development Network”.

The European Commission is Europe’s largest donor. It is estimated that 1 billion Euro (out of a total budget of about 100 billion Euro) is available for NGO projects, and even that is the tip of the iceberg. A lot has been done over the last decade by NGO’s themselves to enlarge a budget focused more on economic policies to practically every area of activity generated by CSOs. The issue is therefore, not an absence of programmes or funds. They cover a very wide range of action. Practically any project which has a genuinely European dimension and can be linked to EU policies should find a corresponding fund. The issue lies more in having a good strategy to access the EU budget. This Guide was prepared with the aim to overcome this gap and is a pioneering attempt in providing complete and up-to-date information and access to EU funding instrument relevant for CSOs in the region and wider.

The publication was prepared by the European Citizen Action Services (ECAS), Brussels, Belgium and published by  the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC), the Secretariat of the network. Ecumenical Humanitarian Organization (EHO), Serbia, and  the Albanian Civil Society Foundation (ACSF), Albania, members of BCSDN, contributed to the publication with translations into local languagues. The guide has in total 262 pages and gives an overview of information scattered through the websites of different General Directorates of European Commission  in one place in a concise manner.

Balkan Civic Practices  is a periodical publication and is published once to twice a year. Every issue contains articles on a focus theme and related topics, based on previously held  seminar/workshop/training on the same topic. The selection of topics is done by the network. Additional to the English edition, the publication is available in three regional languages (Albanian, Serbian/Croatian, and Macedonian).  Electronic versions of local editions are available from the BCSDN website. Hard copies are available upon request.

Balkan Civic Practices #3 (PDF): English, Macedonian, Serbian/CroatianAlbanian.

1. Introduction to EU Funding
1.1 General Introduction
1.2 The EU Budget
1.3 DGs and Services dealing with external funding
1.4 The reform of the management of external aid
1.5 ECAS Tips for Fundraising for external funding
1.6 Annexes
2. Funding by Foundations and Corporate Sponsors
2.1 Introduction to Foundations
2.2 Categorizations
2.3 Foundation funding
2.4 A map of the foundation center
2.5 The Application Process
2.6 Introduction to corporate sponsors
2.7 Profiles of foundations and corporate sponsors
3. Internal Budget Lines
3.1 List of intenal budget lines
4. Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund
4.1 The EU policy for social, economic and territorial cohesion
4.2 Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund
5. External Budget Lines
5.1 List of budget lines
5.2 Funding programmes
6. Pre-Accession Aid, Aid to Western Balkans and the European Neighbourhood Policy
6.1 Pre-Accession Aid
6.2 Aid to Western Balkans – CARDS
6.3 The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)
7. Useful links and contacts

Hard copies in limited addition are available at the BCSDN Executive Office:

BCSDN Executive Office
Mit. Teodosij Gologanov 39/2-2
1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Tel.: + 389 (0)2 614 42 11

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