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Balkan trust for Democracy (BTD)

The Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) is a 10-year, $36-million grantmaking initiative that supports democracy, good governance, and Euroatlantic integration in Southeastern Europe. This award-winning public-private partnership was created in 2003 by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. BTD is structured to allow both European and U.S. partners to join the effort to strengthen transatlantic cooperation in the Balkans. Since its founding, additional contributions from Compagnia di San Paolo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Robert Bosch Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Royal Netherlands Embassy in Belgrade, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and Tipping Point Foundation have made BTD a true transatlantic partnership.


National Endowment for Democracy (NED)


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. Since its founding in 1983, the Endowment has remained on the leading edge of democratic struggles everywhere, while evolving into a multifaceted institution that is a hub of activity, resources and intellectual exchange for activists, practitioners and scholars of democracy the world over.


Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the 106 Foreign Service missions, which include embassies, permanent delegations and general consulates, together make up the Foreign Service.

The Foreign Service is an international, knowledge-based organisation, currently made up of 1400 people, of whom 770 are Ministry employees.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs yearly distribute more than 30 billion NOK as grants to Norwegian and foreign recipients.

A large share of the grants is reserved for development aid, but grants are also given to support projects within central foreign policy areas such as Security Policy, the High North, EU/EEA, cultural cooperation, and public diplomacy.


Swiss Cultural Programme (SCP)


The Swiss Cultural Programme in the Western Balkans is run by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, upon mandate of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC (www.sdc.admin.ch) is the agency for international cooperation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

Its main goal is to support partner countries in their political, economic, and social transition processes.

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia (www.prohelvetia.ch) has been closely involved with cultural developments in Switzerland since 1939.

Commissioned by the Swiss Confederation, it supports artistic work, promotes the arts, and encourages cultural exchange at home and abroad.


Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF)


Founded in 1940, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.

The RBF’s grant-making is organized around three themes: Democratic Practice, Peacebuilding, and Sustainable Development.

Though the Fund pursues its three program interest in a variety of geographic contexts, it has indentified several specific locations on which to concretate cross-programmatic attention.

The Fund refers to these as “RBF pivotal places”: subnational areas, nation-states, or cross-border regions that have special importance with regard to the Fund’s substantive concerns and whose future will have disproportionate significance for the future of a surrounding region, an ecosystem, or the world.

The Fund currently works in three pivotal places: New York City, Western Balkans, ad Southern China.


Charles Stewart Mott Foundation


The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation affirms its founder’s vision of a world in which each of us is in partnership with the rest of the human race – where each individual’s quality of life is connected to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally.

They pursue this vision through creative grantmaking, thoughtful communication and other activities that enhance community in its many forms.

The same vision of shared learning shapes our internal culture as they strive to maintain an ethic of respect, integrity and responsibility.  The Foundation seeks to strengthen, in people and their organizations, what Mr. Mott called “the capacity for accomplishment.”


Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 Dutch foreign policy (Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs) is driven by the conviction that international cooperation brings peace and promotes security, prosperity, and justice.

And it is bound by the obligation to promote Dutch interests abroad as effectively and efficiently as possible. To do so, the Netherlands needs a worldwide network of embassies, consulates, and permanent representations to international organisations.

The activities, composition, and size of each mission depend on its host country and region.


Sigrid Rausing Trust


The Sigrid Rausing Trust is a grant-giving foundation based in London. It was founded in 1995 by Sigrid Rausing to support the international human rights movement.

The Sigrid Rausing Trust was founded to promote international human rights. The grant programmes are Civil and Political Rights, Women’s Rights, Minority Rights, Social Justice and the Miscellaneous Fund.