Call for Expressions of Interest Kosovo

Become a GCERF Grant Recipient in Kosovo

Applications close:

11 :59PM (CET) Saturday 01 April 2023

Call for Expressions of Interest Become a GCERF Grant Recipient in Kosovo Applications close: 11 :59PM (CET) Saturday 01 April 2023 GCERF began its first investments in the Western Balkans in November 2017 with two rounds of funding in Kosovo. Out of the first two rounds of funding, GCERF funded five grants for a total commitment of USD 2.5 million over three years. These programmes cover a wide range of prevention topics, focusing on all four of GCERF’s leverage points (Social Cohesion, Community Agency, Sense of Purpose, and Equal Access to Opportunities). GCERF’s grants contributed to community-based reintegration of returness from conflicts abroad and their families1. The grants have been supported along the way by a dedicated Country Support Mechanism (CSM) that includes members of the Government of Kosovo, civil society, and the donor community.

In June 2020 GCERF promulgated a regional investment strategy focused on community based reintegration and rehabillitation (R&R) of returned foreign terrorist fighters and their families. At the time, the strategy covered Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Between November 2020 and March 2022 GCERF signed eight (8) grant agreements with six (6) principal recipients and two (2) direct grantees supporting more than sixteen (16) local organisations in the region. In 2022 GCERF began to review the investment strategy for Kosovo and in February 2023, the GCERF Updated Strategy Chapter for Investment in Kosovo was approved by the GCERF Governing Board. GCERF is now launching this call to identify consortium partners in Kosovo for 2023-2026.

This call for expressions of interest is meant to serve as a third round of funding of Kosovo to address growing threats to prevention of violent extremism and ensure the sustainable continuation of gains made in R&R.

GCERF, in collaboration with the CSM of Kosovo, is pleased to announce a call for expressions of interest for CSOs in Kosovo to form a consortium and become a Principal Recipient (PR) of GCERF funding. GCERF will fund consortia of CSOs to build capacity of PVE and R&R actors at the local level and reinforcing local mechanisms and institutions to mitigate polarisation of children and youth. Consortium grants are managed and supported by the PRs, who are the legal recipients of GCERF funding and provide funding to other consortium members or “Sub-Recipients” (SR).

All Expressions of Interest must be duly filled and submitted electronically to by 1 April 2023. The email should be marked as ‘EOI-Western Balkans’ – in the subject line – and specifying in which country your organisation is applying for grant funding.

GCERF hosted an EOI information session online on 2 March 2023. You can watch the recording here.  Read some notes from the session here. 

Watch the recording of the second information session here. Read some notes here. 


  1. Appropriate legal registration of the consortium lead in one of the four countries for this call.
  2. Willingness and capacity to accept and fulfil the role of Principle Recipient as described.


  1. Established relationships and credibility with the relevant national and local authorities, institutions and front liners (e.g. multidisciplinary teams, schools, psychologists, social workers, etc.), and other stakeholders involved in R&R of FTFs and their families.
  2. Experience in addressing various forms of extremism, including through the digital space.
  3. Experience in managing sub-recipients and assessing and enhancing their capacities.
  4. Ability to manage community-based partners and implement multiple grants out of a consortium grant.
  5. Experience and capacity in programme management.
  6. Experience and capacity in financial management and in the management of and accounting for donor grant funding.
  7. Willingness and capacity to engage international partners as sub-recipients and service providers.