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OSCE Youth Inter-Cultural Arts Fund (North Macedonia)

OSCE Youth Inter-Cultural Arts Fund (North Macedonia)

Deadline: 30-Apr-2024

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is currently accepting proposals for the youth inter-cultural arts fund to strengthen the capacity of youth.

Objectives

  • The overall objective of the Youth Inter-cultural Arts Fund (YIAF) is to strengthen the capacity of youth across the ethnic divide to promote inter-ethnic dialogue, civic values and combat discrimination through arts-based activities and inter-cultural initiatives.
  • The YIAF will distribute grants to selected CSOs working with boys and girls and cultural organizations with a strong track record in youth empowerment and the promotion of civic values through the arts and inter-cultural activities.

Priorities

  • The priorities of the YIA Fund are:
    • To strengthen inter-ethnic relations and co-operation among youth of different language and cultural backgrounds through joint activities;
    • To instil mutual respect and combat ethnic stereotypes and prejudices by developing a sense of community and belonging;
    • To raise awareness about the importance of civic engagement as a tool for integration;
    • To promote the arts as a medium for cross-cultural communication and mutual understanding.

Funding Information

  • Under the 3nd call for proposals, the YIAF provides grants of up to 5000 Euro for eligible CSOs/cultural entities, and municipalities for project proposals implemented between September 2024 and July 2025.

Eligibility of Project Activities

  • Eligible activities should aim towards:
    • Fostering common civic values;
    • Encouraging inter-ethnic socialization;
    • Promoting tolerance through arts and cultural initiative

Eligibility Criteria

  • The YIAF will distribute small grants to selected CSOs, youth centres, cultural centres, and other legally registered entities (e.g., municipalities) in the Republic of North Macedonia with a proven track record in youth empowerment and promotion of civic values through the arts and inter-cultural activities.
  • Funded project proposals will be administered directly by awarded CSOs, contracted by the Mission as Implementing Partners and managed in accordance with OSCE administrative guidelines and regulations on Implementing Partners.
  • If funded, at the beginning of project activities, each grant recipient is requested to carry out a baseline survey to measure the initial degree of social cohesion among participating boys and girls. Specifically, the survey is intended to measure perceptions of belonging, inclusion, tolerance, and participation as important domains of social cohesion. The survey will be developed by the BNB Unit and carried out by grant recipients as implementing partners. Participants will be assured of confidentiality of the information provided in the survey. All data will be securely stored and maintained within the Mission’s server. The baseline survey findings will feed into the final self-evaluation report.

For more information, visit OSCE.

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