The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation Grants Program

Deadline: ongoing
Open to: NGOs from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia (Southern Russia)
Grant: BST grants generally range from $5,000 and $75,000, with most grants falling between $20,000 and $22,000


The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation invites proposals from organizations and institutions in the countries of the Wider Black Sea Region on the Trust’s four programs:


Who is eligible:

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governmental entities including local governments,  policy institutes, other associations legally registered in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia (Southern Russia), or in one of the countries of Central Europe and the Baltics. Please note that not all countries are eligible for Confidence Building and Civic Participation programs. Please read description of each program carefully.  

 Individuals and political parties may NOT apply.

BST does NOT support scholarly research, academic fellowships and scholarships, one-off events, humanitarian aid, refugee or IDP return, religious and/or scientific activities.

BST only supports travel and website creation/maintenance as components of larger activities.

Duration of projects: 

Average duration of projects is 12 months, but outstanding projects of a longer duration will be considered.

How to apply:

BST grants generally range from $5,000 and $75,000, with most grants falling between $20,000 and $22,000.

BST may support exceptional multi-year projects, renewable on an annual basis contingent upon satisfactory final reports and performance.

Applicants must complete the Application and Budget forms. Proposals written in English are preferred, but proposals in Russian are also accepted. The application forms are available below in both English and Russian:

Proposals will be accepted via e-mail ONLY. Please send your proposal to

All inquiries will be acknowledged by email within two weeks of receipt. Final decisions are typically announced within 10 weeks of application.

Questions related to proposal preparation may be sent by e-mail to

Once a grant has been awarded, questions should be emailed directly to the responsible program officer at his/her email address.

To apply, please send your completed application (Application Form and Budget Form) to

Subject line should include: the word ‘PROPOSAL,’ the name of your organization, and the country in which your organization is located.


There are NO deadlines.

Project proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and grant decisions are made approximately every two months. Final approval is made by a Grantmaking Committee or, if over $25,000, by the German Marshall Fund’s Board of Trustees.

For further information visit the official website HERE