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Youth Initiative for Human Rights Kosovo (YIHR KS) has awarded the first grants within the Small Grants Program for the period of 2013 – 2014. In its engagement to contributing in building trust and better understanding among youth in Kosovo by encouraging dialogue and promoting activism in local communities, YIHR KS, supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has awarded five organizations in the first phase of the Small Grant Program.

The Small Grants program is designed to establish new links and facilitate dialogue between ethnic Albanians and non-Albanian minorities, and strengthen cooperation between Kosovar youth and their counterparts across the border. Projects supported will last up to three months and will contribute to Program objectives such as enhancing cooperation among youth from different ethnic communities in resolving common local and national issues; improving dialogue, tolerance, and understanding between different ethnic communities; and increasing youth participation in human rights and other civic and advocacy campaigns.

Specifically the YIHR KS through its Small Grants Program has supported the following projects, which reach a total of $20,950.00 and are being implemented during 2013 and the beginning of 2014, while the next call for application will be published in January 2014: