The REC and the Austrian Development Agency announce the Small Grants Programme for South Eastern Europe.
The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a dynamic process of adaptation, learning and action. Members of the international community are in agreement at all levels — globally, regionally, and nationally — that lasting peace and prosperity can only be secured by a transformation to sustainable development, resulting in sustainable economies and sustainable communities. To achieve the significant changes required for this transformation, a proactive approach to sustainability education needs to be implemented, with a strong emphasis on creating strategic partnerships.
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia face similar challenges in the process of reforming their educational systems. The concept of sustainable development is recognised, but very few tools, if any, exist to ensure that it is addressed in the educational system.
The SEEDLING project aims to strengthen education, capacity building and awareness raising on the SDGs in the countries of South Eastern Europe (SEE) by incorporating them into national school curricula (secondary education) and by means of regional cooperation and networking among decision makers, educators and teachers.
The REC, together with the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), which funds the SEEDLING project, is announcing the Small Grants Programme in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The total amount available is EUR 200,000 for the region as a whole, and the maximum grant award is EUR 7,000. The number of grants contracted in each country depends on the quality of the proposals and on the number of secondary and VET (vocational education) schools in the countries, in order to achieve equal distribution among beneficiaries. The number of grants may vary between three and seven, depending on the number of secondary and VET schools in each beneficiary country.
The Small Grants Programme targets CSOs that are active in the area of education and sustainable development. Partnership with one or more secondary schools or VET schools is obligatory, as activities must focus on the implementation of the UN SDGs in the classroom.
The full call for proposals, and the accompanying annexes, are available here in English and local languages.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.