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Upholding Democracy, Empowering Civil Society, the Judiciary, and Increasing Transparency in Croatia

ID: HRV2024NOFO001 • Type: Posted


Through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb aims to support projects focused on increasing the capacity and resilience of civil society and advancing rule of law and transparency in Croatia. These projects should address the following areas:

  • Monitoring and Advocacy: Assessing progress in democracy and transparency efforts, advocating for policy reforms, and increasing the capacity and resilience of civil society to counter anti-democratic trends.
  • Capacity Building: Enhancing the capacity and resilience of civil society organizations to counter anti-democratic trends, conduct advocacy and research, and serve as effective watchdogs.
  • Judicial Training and Reform: Providing specialized training for judges, prosecutors, and investigators to improve adjudication of human rights cases, enhance judicial independence, and strengthen the rule of law. Improving the capacity, accountability and independence of judges, prosecutors, investigators, oversight institutions and lawyers.
  • Government Transparency: Increasing transparency in government operations, particularly in public procurement processes, and ensuring that information is freely available and accessible to the public.
  • Empowering Citizens and Improving Access to Justice: Enhancing citizen participation in democracy and governance processes, strengthening whistleblower protections to encourage reporting of corruption and wrongdoing, and improving access to justice for all citizens, particularly marginalized communities. Raising public awareness about corruption.

Applicants must clearly define their project goals and outcomes, set measurable project objectives, rationalize their methodology, and identify specific performance metrics. They are strongly encouraged to formulate sustainable, impactful projects aligning with their organizations' long-term goals, incorporating a robust public communication strategy. Proposals should address potential implementation challenges and detail strategies for risk mitigation. Eligible projects and applicants must maintain political neutrality, refraining from affiliations or endorsements of any political entities.


Category of Funding
Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Funding Instruments
Grant Program (CFDA)
Grant Category
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
On 6/21/24 the Department of State posted grant opportunity HRV2024NOFO001 for Upholding Democracy, Empowering Civil Society, the Judiciary, and Increasing Transparency in Croatia with funding of $500,000. The grant will be issued under grant program 19.900 AEECA/ESF PD Programs. It is expected that 15 total grants will be made worth between $50,000 and $150,000.


Posted Date
June 21, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Closing Date
July 22, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 8 Days
Last Updated
June 21, 2024, 3:58 a.m. EDT
Archive Date
Aug. 21, 2024


Eligible Applicants
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Info
Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations based in Croatia. Public and private educational institutions based in Croatia.

Award Sizing

Estimated Program Funding
Estimated Number of Grants


Sasa Gorjanec Grantor
Contact Email
Email Description
email for applicants
Contact Phone
Additional Information
NOFO and applications for programs that strengthen the rule of law; promote transparency; and bolster civil society in Croatia.


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