Grant Giving Program

Through our Grant Giving program, we aim to provide financial assistance and mentorship to local CSOs, informal groups, networks, and innovative initiatives, to help them in implementing meaningful community actions. FIQ has significant experience in working with Grassroots CSOs throughout Kosovo, be in terms of project support, capacity building, providing grants of various sizes (from 1,000 EUR to 63,000 EUR), or a combination of all three. Since the establishment of FIQs Grant Giving Program in 2009, we have engaged in sub-granting to over 42 local CSOs with over 280,000 EUR given until now.

          Fig 1. FIQ Grant Giving Mechanism

How it works?

FIQ uses a triangular approach in implementing the grant giving mechanism. Primarily, we do this by involving community members of different target groups directly into the community discussions process, the representatives of local community-based CSOs, involving representatives of the local government, as well as representatives from the private sector in the respective community. This approach is of crucial importance in identifying the most pressing needs, challenges, and constraints of a particular community through a moderated community discussion which will organized by FIQ. 

Agriculture and Tourism Accelerator (ATAR)

ATAR is an innovative project developed by FIQ that utilizes active labor market measures through FIQs unique triangular approach to address the issue of youth unemployment in Kosovo.  Philanthropy for Green Ideas concept helped FIQ to replicate the model through ATAR in the entire country mostly to support to support self-employment of young people (15-29 old) and representing a substantial expansion and deepening of FIQ’s work with youth in Kosovo in terms of sustainable development.

The overall objective was to support these youngsters through social entrepreneurship by providing a comprehensive program to help them turn their ideas into social businesses, by focusing on two of the most promising development sectors for Kosovo: Sustainable Agriculture and EcoTourism.

Pictures of some of the Grantees. FIQ follows up their work. 

 Bekë Rexhaj: One of our grant-winners, whose walnut farm is doing very well.

For the period 2017-2019, FIQ Grants Program has been redesign so that its impacts feed directly into the strategic objectives of the Sustainable Development Program, while also taking a balanced approached towards funding by targeting both non-profit and for-profit initiatives. With regards to strategic objectives, FIQ grants will be focused on the following fields:

a) sustainable communities
b) energy and environment,
c) economic development,
c)entrepreneurship and social impact investment.

Throughout all these strategic objectives, FIQ will seek to support innovative initiatives that encourage civic activism, community mobilization, and local economic development through job creation.

In order to further increase the impact of the Grants Program, FIQ will conduct the proper due diligence for every application, and the funding decision will be made based on the feedback of the Grants Commission, which will be comprised of experts from different fields, ranging from both public and private sector and local government, in order to have a more comprehensive outlook on the potential impact of grant application and ensure a high-level of transparency in the selection process.

Furthermore, FIQ will develop monitoring and evaluation plans for each project implemented in the community, in order to assess the impact of those respective projects.

We always seek to  mobilize local communities, civil society, private and public sector (business) in Kosovo to engage in responding to common public needs and concerns through a participatory and inclusive process.

 Agron Kqiku, one of the beneficiaries of #ATAR, 2015 and
his successful work with organic turkey meat.