Zagreb, 20.09.2017. – Croatian Journalist Association (CJA), in its capacity of the contracting authority for this small grants programme, is pleased to announce the results of the evaluation of project applications in the scope of the Call of Proposals for the Small Grants Programme “Protecting Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in the Western Balkans”.
The evaluation results present the ranking of all eligible project applications which were considered for evaluation of the quality of proposals, i.e. those that were submitted within the set deadline (August 31, 2017 at 23.59h) andmet all eligibility criteria, assessed during the Administrative Check process. The evaluation was undertaken by the Evaluation Committee appointed by the contracting authority, using the Evaluation Grid, published in the Application Guidelines. The evaluation process was organized on the basis of the Practical Guide to Contract Procedures for EU External Actions (PRAG, version applicable from April 7, 2014) and the internal Rules of Procedure following PRAG rules.
The objective of this small grants programmeis to amplify advocacy efforts undertaken by local, national and regional civil society actors in collaboration with journalists and media organizations and to set topics of media freedom and journalists’ safety on mainstream agenda in the SEE region – more specifically Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia. Hence, the small grants programme will support locally and regionally rooted civil society initiatives, engaging human rights activists, journalists and media, aiming to protect the freedom of expression and freedom of media. The small grants programme is funded by IPA /EU with co-financing from the Croatian Government Office for NGOs and makes part of a regional project Western Balkan’s Regional Platform for Advocating Media Freedom and Journalists’ Safety implemented through partnership of six regional journalists’ association – Independent Journalists Association of Serbia (IJAS), Association of BH Journalists (BHJ), Croatian Journalists Association (CJA), Association of Journalists of Kosovo (AJK), Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) and the Trade Union of Media of Montenegro (TUMM).
The Call was divided into two LOTs, depending on the geographical scope and size of grant:
LOT I: Regional actions, whichare expected to include applicants from at least 3 out of 5 project WB countries. Average size of grants is 30 000 – 40 000 EUR with a co-financing rate of 10%.
LOT II: National actions, which are expected to include applicants within a given country. Average size of grants is 5 000 – 10 000 EUR with a co-financing rate of 10%. Indicatively, a total of 10 national grants will be disbursed, contingent on sufficient applications of high quality proposals.
All lead applicants whose applications have been evaluated will receive individual letters by email, informing them on the results of the evaluation by September 22 at 17:00h the latest.
All lead applicants that have been awarded a grant or have been placed on the reserve list are obliged to be available by email and phone over the period September 21 – 30, 2017, in order to engage in the contracting procedure.
Croatian Journalist association and its regional partner journalist associations thank all applicants for their interest and effort in engaging in this Call for Proposals and their cooperation throughout the evaluation process that took place over the past two weeks.We wish you all good work and good luck in protecting media freedom and freedom of expression in our troubled region.
Awarded project proposals:
|Registration number||Project application title||Lead Applicant||Score
|NAC11SRB||Mission Defence: Using Activism and Legal Possibilities to Resist the Pressures on the Media||Novi Sad School of Journalism||91|
|NAC13SRB||Media Freedom Matrix- On-line Monitoring Tool||Civic Initiatives||91|
|NAC15SRB||U pravu si!- Guide Through Journalist Labour and Trade Union Rights||Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation||90|
|REG04SRB||Invisible Violence: Stories from the Newsroom||NIIT Society Innovation Center||87|
|NAC03BIH||Go Digital Against Harassment||JaBiHEU||86|
|NAC12SRB||Media Content and Media Financing
as a Reflection of Public Interest in Local Communities
|Centre for Democratic Development Europolis||85|
|NAC01MNE||Untold Stories: Journalists Endangered!||NGO 35mm||85|
|NAC02KOS||Supporting Media Freedom and Freedom of Speech Through Increased Watchdog Monitoring Media Related Matters||Democracy Plus||83|
|NAC05SRB||Follow the (Media) Money||Centar za istraživačko novinarstvo- Fondacija (CINS)||82|
|NAC04BIH||Real Voice of Journalism||Post-conflict Research Center||80|
|REG01SRB||SUP-PRO-MEDIA: Support to Advocating and Protecting Media Fredom and Freedomof Expression in the Western Balkans||Beta Meda Center||80|
|NAC10MAK||From Understanding to Protection-
Project for Understanding and Protection of Freedom of Expression and Media Freedoms in the Republic of Macedonia
|CIVIL- Center for Freedom||80|
|REG05MAK||Regional Platform for Boosting Changes Towards Free Media Societies in the Western Balkans||Novapedia||80|
|NAC07MAK||Human Rights Through Social Movements||Youth Educational Forum||75|
|REG03SRB||Forming of non-profitablelocal community media “OPEN TV”||Media Research Centre||75|
Project applications placed on the Reserve List:
|Registration number||Project Proposal Title||Lead Applicant||Score
|REG01MNE||Evidence for Freedom||Youth Initiative for Human Rights Montenegro||73|
|NAC02SRB||Safety to Local Journalists!||Independent Journalist Association of
|NAC03MNE||Journalism Cooperative||Association of Journalists of Montenegro||72|
Project applications that have met eligibility criteria but have not been selected for funding:
|Registration number||Project Proposal Title||Lead Applicant||Score
|REG02MAK||Police VS Media: Turning Rivalry into Chivalry||Center for Change Management||71|
|REG01BIH||Social Ambiance for the Activist NGO Sector- Pressure, Support, Cooperation||Medijske inicijative- Udruženje za razvoj medija i promociju profesionalnog novinarstva||71|
|NAC09SRB||A Freedom Given Up is not so
|NAC02MNE||The Challenges of Albanian
Information in Montenegro
|NAC01MAK||To the Media Freedom Through
|NAC04SRB||Informed Citizens for Free Media||Network of the Committees for Human Rights in Serbia CHRIS||71|
|REG04MAK||Free and Informed Media for Informed Citizen||Media Development Centre||71|
|REG02BIH||Inform and Defend-Journalists and Lawyers for Freedom of Expression||Center for Media Law||71|
|REG02SRB||Moj izbor (My Choice)||ANEM||71|
|REG03MAK||Western Balkan, a Field of Freedom of Speech||Association of citizen Media Plus||70|
|NAC10SRB||Local Censorship||NGO “MilleniuM”||64|
|NAC08SRB||Free Media, a Better Informed Society||Women’s Forum Prijepolje||64|
|NAC16SRB||MOVE- Media Hub of East Serbia||Timok Youth Centre||63|
|NAC08MAK||Keep the Doors Open for the Truth||Zelena Lupa||63|
|NAC07SRB||The Wednesday Patriotic Review||Centre for Human Rights- Normal Communication||60|
|NAC06SRB||Free & Protected!||Center for Modern Skills||58|
|NAC06MAK||Pressures and Court Cases Against Journalists||Cool Youth||57|
|NAC03SRB||How to be Free Journalist||Journalists Union of Serbia||51|
Safejournalists.net, Zagreb, 20/09/2017