The third ICEDA Steering Committee meeting was held on 12.08.2021 via ZOOM, for discussing the received applications on the Call for applications that would provide support to CSOs to promote the Digital Agenda through the second Small Grants Scheme Cycle LOT 2: Awarding of grants for Digital Agenda Advocacy Initiatives. The Call aims at awarding 15 small grants to CSOs from Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia (the target is approximately 3 grants per country), in the range between EUR 3.000 to EUR 7.000 per grant. The duration for the implementation of the individual grants foreseen is 6 months.
The Steering Committee members and substitute members from Metamorphosis Foundation (North Macedonia), the Academy of e-Governance (Estonia), Levizja Mjaft! (Albania), NGO 35mm (Montenegro) and ODK – Open Data Kosovo (Kosovo), all involved in the project Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda – ICEDA, were present at the meeting, including the National Project coordinators from each of the implementing countries mentioned.
A total of 67 applications were received from CSOs from the Western Balkans, and each of the National Project coordinators presented the proposals received from their countries which they believe have the most potential to be successful and sustainable within their local realities, with certain adaptations.
At the meeting, the Steering Committee discussed about the core purpose of the Call in relation to the received applications, the programme and administrative capacities of the applicants, their innovativeness and meaningful partnership with the media within the respective country. What was concluded was that on-spot visits and further negotiation with the shortlisted applicants should be held in each of the countries. After the negotiation process, based on the improvements and adaptations made, the Steering Committee would be able to vote on the grant awarding, or if there is a need, proceed with negotiations.
The project “Increasing Civic Engagement in the Digital Agenda – ICEDA” is implemented by the Metamorphosis Foundation (North Macedonia), the Academy of e-Governance (Estonia), Levizja Mjaft! (Albania), CRTA – Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (Serbia), NGO 35mm (Montenegro) and ODK – Open Data Kosovo (Kosovo). The project is being implemented with financial support from the European Union.