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U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Interethnic Reconciliation and Youth (IERY) Program

The United States Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, acting through the Office of Public Affairs, is seeking applications for its Interethnic Reconciliation and Youth (IERY) Program for youth camp projects.

This program supports initiatives with the primary goal of promoting interethnic and intercommunity exchange, collaboration, and joint projects. The Embassy is seeking projects and initiatives that clearly develop increased tolerance and cooperation between the ethnically and geographically diverse communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Proposals should engage youth (ages 11-25) who have had no prior access to similar initiatives. The Embassy welcomes all innovative proposals aimed at promoting interethnic engagement, reconciliation, and cooperation.

The Embassy seeks applications for medium and large scale youth camp projects (more than 50 participants together for a minimum of four consecutive overnights in an interethnic setting) designed explicitly to promote interaction, the development of tolerance and reconciliation between the religiously and geographically diverse communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Applicants must be able to demonstrate past performance in organizing camps of a similar size with participants from both entities, all ethnic groups, and BiH minorities.

Priority Themes

  • Divided Communities: Bringing together neighboring or nearby communities that have had little contact since the war.
  • Fractured Education/Two Schools Under One Roof: Working with segregated schools to address issues that divide students along ethnic lines. These projects should help remove obstacles to integration in education.
  • Projects combating disinformation: Bringing young people together across ethnic lines to develop critical thinking, media literacy skills to combat disinformation.
  • Restoring Dignity to War Victims: Projects that involve youth in activities to restore dignity to victims of war and survivors of sexual violence and/or imprisonment camps from all ethnic groups.
  • Marginalized Groups: Projects that promote cooperation among marginalized minority groups from different ethnic communities, including (but not limited to) displaced persons, persons with disabilities, socio-economically disadvantaged persons, LGBT persons, Roma, and others.

Funding Information

  • The budget for a single project proposal for the Youth Camp Program should not exceed $50,000.
  • All program activities should take place between April/May 2019 and April/May 2020.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Non-profit organizations (including think tanks, civil societies and NGOs), educational institutions and independent media that are based and legally registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina are eligible to apply.
  • American or other donor country organizations and individuals are not eligible for grants under this program.
  • Grants are generally awarded only to organizations.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted at the address given on the website.

Deadline: 14 January 2019

For more information, please visit Grants.gov.