Call for Project Proposals | The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Acknowledging the damage to democracy caused by the populist surge and recognizing the effects of propaganda and misinformation, the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation announces a new call for project proposals for civil society from Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine. The Black Sea Trust strongly believes that civil society can play a fundamental role in defending and advancing fundamental human values like human rights, freedom, justice, rule of law, equality, prosperity, in promoting good governance, and supporting a free and independent media.

Program Description

The projects should be initiated by civil society and media organizations which can effectively and efficiently engage the targeted audiences. Organizations requesting grants must be registered in one of the following countries:  Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine. The involvement of additional partners from the Baltic States and the Visegrad group is possible and welcome.

Please note that organizations from Bulgaria and Romania must develop projects in collaboration with organizations from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine. Joint Romania-Bulgaria projects are not eligible.

Projects working in the following areas are welcomed:

  • Countering the anti-western propaganda
  • Debunking fake news and advancing media literacy
  • Promoting good governance processes
  • Advancing fundamental human values

Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop projects which:

  • Engage the young populations and empower them to become active citizens, critical thinkers and social innovators
  • Reach large audiences
  • Are cross-sectorial (engage counterparts from various fields and domains such as arts, creative industries, IT, etc.)
  • Are creative (activities can include but are not limited to artistic events, hackathons and other types of marathons, flash mobs and other types of campaigns, storytelling, etc)
  • Are bold


In order to submit a project proposal, organizations must complete the

Only proposals submitted using these forms will be taken into consideration.

Project proposals must be submitted by March 17, 2017.

Project proposals must be sent to

Budget and duration

The average grant will be $24,999. Multilateral projects may exceed that amount.

The minimum duration of a project is 6 months and the maximum duration is 12 months.


Decision about selection and funding of projects with a budget of maximum $24,999 will be taken by the end of April 2017.

Decision about selection and funding of projects with a budget above $24,999 will be taken by the end of May 2017.

Interested parties may consult the following contact persons, who are prepared to provide advanced consultation if needed:

Ana Aelenei – BST representative for Bulgaria and Ukraine (

Sergiu Panainte – BST representative for Armenia (

Mehriban Rahimli – BST representative for Georgia (

Dinu Toderascu – BST representative for Moldova and Romania (