The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is the world’s largest regional security organization. It supports field operations in Southeastern Europe, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, and Central Asia.
The OSCE regards economic and environmental progress as essential for regional stability. OSCE aims to raise environmental awareness, and to promote public participation in environmental decision-making.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
Environmental activities. OSCE’s environmental initiatives support the following activities:
- Improving public awareness and understanding of environmental problems;
- Conducting environmental surveys and evaluations;
- Building technical and management capacity for environmental issues in local organizations;
- Promoting cross-institutional approaches for environmental management.
APPLICATION: Grants are to nonprofit civil society organizations in many of the countries where OSCE is active. Most grants range from €5 thousand to €10 thousand for projects of one year or less.
Grant making is administered through OSCE’s country offices. Grant seekers should consult national newspapers and OSCE’s websites in these countries to find calls for proposals.
Link to OSCE country offices
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
The OSCE has a field presence in the following countries.
Eurasia and Central Asia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Eastern Europe and Russia: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine
OSCE is an organizational member of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) to advance issues of peace and the environment. Through its organizational members, ENVSEC is a funder of national and regional environmental programs.
OSCE works closely with the Aarhus Centers and Public Environmental Information Centers. The OSCE supports a network of close to 50 Aarhus Centers in several countries. (Note: This refers to Europe’s Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making, and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters — adopted in 1998 in Aarhus, Denmark.)
OSCE’s Secretariat for Economic and Environmental Activities publishes information about environmental issues in the regions of interest.
Contacts offers information for OSCE’s Secretariat in Vienna.