Community Building Mitrovica (CBM) is a local non-governmental organization (NGO) operating in the field of peace and community building in the wider region of Mitrovica, northern municipalities of Kosovo. The overall aim of CBM is to facilitate contact and dialogue between citizens in the whole Mitrovica municipality. CBM’s staff consists of devoted citizens – both Kosovo Serbs and Kosovo Albanians– who grew up in this region and want to restore the previous confidence and even friendship that war and politics have destroyed. By supporting many concrete projects which address the direct needs of the local communities, CBM contributes to this goal. The work of the past years has gained the organization a strong reputation on both sides of the Iber/Ibar river. Along with partners- New Social Initiative from North Mitrovica and Youth Initiative for Human Rights CBM implements a five-year-long Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation Activity (RCT) supported by the American People through USAID.
Overall Objective of the Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation (RCT) Activity
The overall objective of the Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation (RCT) Activity is to transform existing conflicts and build peace, predominantly among majority ethnic Kosovo Albanians and minority ethnic Kosovo Serbs. The RCT Activity is helping communities on the individual level by assisting in better mutual understanding of the differences and emphasizing joint strengths, as well as on the policy level, where the impact of the RCT Activity is influencing amending policies that are addressing reconciliation processes among divided communities. More so, socio-economic value is assisting local communities with social innovations that address societal challenges whereas the local economy stakeholders are benefiting from the promotion of public-private partnerships. From the media promotion aspect, the RCT activity is helping communities stimulate sharing their diverse values.
The RCT Activity is opening a call for journalists and media to support positive stories in various format that showcase reconciliation, peacebuilding and cooperation across ethnic lines in Kosovo.
Maximum Grant Amount per concept note/idea: 750 USD
Maximum number of supported ideas: 4
Deadline for application: 8th of February, 2023
Objective of the call
The RCT Activity seeks to contribute to changing social behavior at the local level towards making it more friendly to reconciliation and cohesion-building. By supporting media outlets and journalists to produce and share positive reconciliation stories with the wider Kosovo audience, RCT wants to foster generating stories that contribute towards peacebuilding. In addition, RCT wants to encourage media cooperation across different areas in Kosovo, their cooperation across all communities.
Who can apply?
Media (TVs, radio, online newspapers, etc.):
Note that applicants:
Concept note/idea that include the following will NOT be accepted:
Application and submission
The concept note/idea should not exceed more than two pages. There is no specific form, please chose a template that fits best the purpose of your proposal, clearly stating who is applying and other important information. The concept note/idea should contain sufficient information for an independent reader to understand exactly what the applicant wants to achieve.
Applicants must be prepared to publicize the fact that they are financed within the framework of the Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation Activity by American People through USAID implemented by Community Building Mitrovica (CBM). Applicants must be prepared to acknowledge specific donor’s visibility guidelines and regulations.