Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Call for Grant Applications: Civil Society Monitoring of Public Service Delivery and Public Accountability

Grants are available for civil society organisations monitoring the effectiveness of government allocation and public service delivery. The grants are supported by Partners in Empowerment, an EU-funded project led by PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society). The project focuses on 5 EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine). Capacity mentoring will be offered to grantees by experienced CSOs, as well as webinars on capacity development and monitoring methodologies. 


Deadline for applications: 20 September 2015

Total budget available in this call: EUR 300,000

Budget per project: minimum EUR 10,000 up to a maximum of EUR 30,000

Country coverage: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine

Project implementation period: November 2015-July 2016

Language of applications: Applications can be submitted in English or in Russian




Eligible organisations: not-for-profit, civil society organisations, with particular emphasis on local CSOs (non-registered organisations will also be eligible depending on the current legal framework enabling registration of independent CSOs).


Eligible activities: Actions by CSOs that monitor effectiveness of allocation of public resources in terms of budget allocations, public service delivery and policy outcomes. Initiatives should include strong grassroots engagement and public outreach to enhance public accountability.


The core focus of activities should cover one or more of the following:

  • monitoring of public procurement and effective government use of EU financial support, e.g. in connection with Comprehensive Institution Building (CIB) support or Association Agreements (or national or local budget expenditure that includes EU support)
  • monitoring of local government service delivery
  • monitoring of public accountability mechanisms, e.g. public controls over conflicts of interest, and public participation in budgeting, or state agencies/state enterprises/local or regional government, and their observance and implementation of laws and procedures
  • monitoring and evaluation of implementation of environmental standards


Expected outputs:

  • well researched watchdog reports and monitoring
  • strengthened CSO organisational capacity and establishment of coalitions advocating for change
  • development of tools, websites, knowledge to monitor public procurement and public service delivery


Mentoring and institutional twinning:

Shortlisted applicants will be guided in further development of their proposal with experts in organisational development, including in:

  • Implementation of organisational change and leadership development
  • Choice of institutional twinning partners – exchange with well established CSO working in watchdog areas similar to the mandate of the applicant
  • webinars and watchdog/monitoring toolkits in English or Russian on tools to hold governments to account, e.g. public procurement monitoring methodologies

The project partners are:

PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society)

Partnership for Transparency Fund e.V.

Transparency International Anti-Corruption Centre, Armenia

Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Azerbaijan

Office for a Democratic Belarus

Transparency International Moldova

Transparency International Ukraine


For further information, go to the PASOS website.

Project funded by the European UnionEU