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Applications open for “Our local foundation – community has a say!” programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Trag Foundation, with support by Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Porticus Foundation, started accepting applications for the “Our local foundation – community has a say!” programme, with the goal of encouraging establishment of foundations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Informal groups of at least three people from the same community, who are ready to learn, work and develop, and raise EUR 15,000 from individuals and companies in their area, can apply. Trag Foundation will double the raised amount, in order to provide a capital contribution for founding the foundation, and the initial budget for supporting initiatives on a local level.

The “Our local foundation – community has a say!” programme will, in addition to the money, provide mentorship, advisory support and networking with stakeholders to interested groups of citizens, and then long-term support to initiatives from their area, whether those are cultural, sports or educational content, initiatives oriented on improving infrastructure, the environment, or on revitalisation of public spaces.

The idea of the Trag Foundation’s programme is to encourage the selected informal groups of people to form community foundations that are sustainable in the long-term and independent in the near future, which can openly and flexibly support local initiatives, and thus contribute to their surroundings. With this programme, we want to encourage groups to establish communication with the community from the very beginning, to continuously listen to their needs, and define priorities for their work and support in that manner.” – said Marija Mitrović, Philanthropy and Partnerships Director at Trag Foundation.

Within the current context, it should be highlighted that community foundations in many countries play a key role in addressing the effects of the pandemic. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Tuzla Community Foundation has been conducting the “Solidarity against Coronavirus” for months already, raising funds for necessary medical equipment for health workers, funds to help socially vulnerable pupils attend online classes and other necessities for families that found themselves on the brink of poverty.

A similar programme was launched in Serbia in spring 2020, and it resulted in choosing four informal groups from Niš, Pančevo, Šabac and Stara Pazova, that are in the process of establishing community foundations.

In order to apply for the programme, a group consisting of at least three or more people can complete a simple form on the website www.lokalnefondacije.ba by January 29, 2021, until 5 pm. After careful examination of all applications, Trag Foundation will choose and contact the groups that will participate in the “Our local foundation – community has a say!” programme.

More information about the programme can be found at www.lokalnefondacije.ba/english.