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USAID CIVIC ENGAGEMENT PROJECT REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA) # CEP-RRG-03

Rapid Response Grants (RRG)

USAID’s Civic Engagement Project in Macedonia invites civil society organizations (CSO) in Macedonia to apply for Rapid Response Grants (RRGs).

The Civic Engagement Project (CEP) is a five year USAID-funded program that aims to strengthen the constructive engagement by civil society organizations (CSOs) on policies and issues of public concern, and increase and sustain youth involvement in public life in Macedonia. Through CEP, participating young people and CSOs will acquire knowledge, gain motivation and develop skills that will allow them to contribute to policy discussions with the government, the private sector, the media and other CSOs. The overall goal of the Civil Engagement Project is to enhance CSOs and youth’s capacity to advance public policies, improve public services, promote good governance and contribute to improving the standard of living of people in Macedonia.

The aim of this round of RRGs is to support initiatives that focus on the upcoming October local elections in Macedonia or more specifically on:

(i) Encouraging and facilitating citizen engagement in scrutinizing, assessing, and advancing the electoral processes;
(ii) Providing a platform for citizens to communicate their needs and priorities to the political parties and candidates (prior to the local elections), and elected municipal councilors and mayors (after the elections);
(iii) Facilitating informed public discussion on key electoral processes and players, with particular attention paid to youth, women, ethnic minorities (ex. Roma), sexual minorities and disabled.
(iv) Voter education: encouraging first time voters to vote, identifying new resources for voters with disabilities, restoring trust in the election process of marginalized populations with particular attention to the groups listed above.

The Project will award up to 4 (four) grants resulting from this RfA. The maximum grant amount is 7,500 USD for a project that may last up to 3 (three) months. The Project reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted.

Download the full Request for Application, the Application Form, and the Budget Template for Rapid Response Grants, or please go to www.adimacedonia.org

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING THE APPLICATIONS: AUGUST 25, 2017, 13:00 o’clock.


USAID’s Civic Engagement Project is implemented by East West Management Institute (EWMI), in partnership with four local CSOs: the Foundation for Internet and Society Metamorphosis, the Association for Democratic Initiatives (ADI), the Foundation for Open Society in Macedonia (FOSM), and the National Youth Council of Macedonia (NYCM).

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