Information meetings for NGOs from North, South and Centre of Montenegro

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organised information sessions on 16, 17 and 20 May for representatives of local civil society organisations (CSO) in Kotor, Berane and Podgorica, within the project “Think locally – Act locally! – Fight against corruption on local level”.

Montenegrin CSOs had the opportunity to be informed about the conditions for the application within the call for project submission “Think locally – Act locally! – Fight against corruption on local level”, opened in the beginning of May and published on the CCE site with detailed instructions and application package. Apart from the technical part of the application, where they were familiarised with the procedures and the amount of funds available for projects, CSOs had the opportunity to be informed on areas, topics and eligible activities for this call. Namely, CCE will finance projects and actions in areas directly related with the fight against corruption on local level, or actions which present a direct response to problems caused by corruption on local level. Total amount of funds available to CSOs is EUR 56 000, and maximum amount of funds ranges from EUR 5 000 to 7 000 per project. For the CSOs whose projects will be supported, it is also planned capacity building programme in the area of project management, reporting, supervision and monitoring over the implementation of local anti-corruption policies and strategies which will contribute to a more successful conduct of their projects. Likewise, CSOs which projects are granted will have mentorship and advisory backup during the project implementation.

CCE encourages CSOs which were not able to attend the information sessions, to get detail information concerning the procedures and application form which have been published on the CCE website, and in the case of dilemma, or a request for additional information, send an email with questions on no later than 26 May 2016.

Project “Think locally – Act locally! – Fight against corruption on local level” aims to contribute to civil society participation in implementation of anti-corruption policies through monitoring, reporting and watchdog activities at the local level in Montenegro. More precisely, the objective of this project is to increase capacities of small civil society organisations (CSOs) in MNE to monitor anti-corruption strategies and activities at the local level through exchange of information, experience and financial support. Project is implemented by the CCE, in cooperation with NGO Bonum from Pljevlja, NGO Inkubator from Kotor and NGO Centre for investigative journalism from Podgorica, with the support of European Union through the EU Delegation to Montenegro through IPA 2015.

Nikola Djonović, Programme coordinator