Deadline: April 15, 2022
The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade announces a competition open to organizations to submit nominations for the BOLD workshop program.
The Bold (Balkanski omladinski lideri, Balkan Young Leaders network is a PDS project that aims to develop the leadership capacity of young Serbs by empowering them to implement positive change projects in their communities in two thematic areas: civic engagement and economic development . Anyone between the ages of 18 and 35 in Serbia can join the BOLD network where members have access to three main types of competitive opportunities:
- BOLD Academic Scholarships: Two in-depth leadership training experiences in the USA for 5-6 weeks, one on each BOLD theme.
- AUDACIOUS workshops: Two workshops, from one week to 10 days, on leadership and project management, each on one of the BOLD themes.
- BOLD Small Grants Competition: An annual competition, open to all BOLD members, for funds of up to $15,000 to implement projects in the areas of the BOLD themes over the course of a year.
The BOLD Action Workshop program consists of of them workshops that will take place in Serbia for a week at 10 days each, one on the theme of civic engagement and one on the subject of economic development. Workshops must be scheduled in accordance with school/academic calendars. Applicants may propose the implementation of one or the other workshops, OR implementation of of them workshops. If the proposal is for a workshop, please indicate in box “c” of the application form whether the theme will be civic engagement or economic development.
The proposal should contain a detailed day-to-day schedule for each workshop, as well as other necessary information that clearly indicates to anyone unfamiliar with it how the program will achieve the stated objectives and expected results. The main outcome desired by the PDS is for workshop participants, individually or in groups, to design a civic or economic project to be implemented in their community during the following year. At the end of the workshop, participants are expected to complete a basic outline of their project designs in the form of a project proposal or business plan, which will be competitive for embassy funding or other donors.
Participants will be able to submit their proposals in a BOLD Small Grants competition later this year. To prepare them for this, a representative from the PDS grants team should be invited to present the basics of applying for a US Embassy grant at the workshop. In accordance with the Executive Order on Promoting Racial Equity and Underserved Communities, proposals must demonstrate how the program advances equity in race, ethnicity, religion, income, geography, gender identity, sexual orientation and disability. The proposal must also demonstrate how the program will strengthen engagement in underserved communities and with individuals in underserved communities. Proposals must demonstrate how addressing racial equity and underserved communities will enhance program goals and objectives, as well as the participant experience.
In light of social distancing measures and to limit the spread of COVID-19, we welcome proposals that use video conferencing, distance learning tools, etc. If your proposal includes in-person activities, please consider including contingency plans, just in case the health situation requires social distancing measures to be in place during the grant period. How could you take your project from an in-person to a virtual format? It is the applicant’s obligation to ensure that workshop participants’ information about themselves, their experience in the workshop and/or their project ideas is shared and published on the social media platforms of the BOLD network so that others can see their examples of leadership and be inspired by their experience in the workshop.
- CIVIC ENGAGEMENT. This workshop should create opportunities for active participation and civic engagement of young leaders in their communities with a particular focus on developing and implementing their own projects to meet a particular social need in the community. Workshops should provide a broad base of skills needed to succeed in the civil society sector, including but not limited to the fundamentals of project management, designing innovative civic engagement projects, project-based collaboration, leveraging the strengths of the BOLD network to ensure project success, strategies for overcoming apathy and skepticism, and how to work with other like-minded individuals or groups to drive community broadly towards positive change.
- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. This workshop should develop the skills of young leaders to create economic development opportunities in their communities by developing and/or launching their own business plan or by developing projects in support of entrepreneurship. Particular emphasis should be placed on designing innovative business models, project-based collaboration, and leveraging assets within the BOLD network to ensure project success. Content may include, but is not limited to, ideas for starting and running a small business in the region, market research and presentation of business ideas, organizational development and management, innovation, markets emerging and risk analysis, strategic business planning, corporate social responsibility. , overcoming obstacles and failures, acquiring entrepreneurial skills that will better prepare them for the 21st century market, or an idea to improve existing businesses.
Attendees and audience:
Each workshop should be designed for at least 40 attendees, who will be drawn from the new BOLD network membership as well as the candidate’s recruitment efforts. Each workshop should consist of at least 25 participants from all over Serbia, 10 from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and 5 from Montenegro. Priority should be given to qualified applicants from outside the capital of each country. The age range of BOLD members is 18-35, but the applicant may limit the age range of attendees to any of the workshops, to better match the theme and objectives of the workshop. proposed workshop. Each participant should only attend one workshop.
Applicant should propose a region-wide recruitment plan to reach workshop participants from all regions of the three countries that goes beyond a public call for applications to include targeted outreach to appropriate youth audiences . PDS will coordinate with the embassies of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro to assist with recruitment through the BOLD networks there. Applicant must select and vet workshop participants and submit the final list of participants for each workshop to PDS for review prior to being notified of their selection.
PDS will hold a virtual information session on February 23, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m.) CET to discuss this funding opportunity and answer questions from potential applicants. Please contact PDS at [email protected] for details.
For all information and detailed instructions on how to apply, please download and read the 2022 BOLD Workshop Program Funding Opportunity Notice. Please follow all instructions below carefully.. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to meet the stated requirements will be ineligible.