BACID Fund for Knowledge Exchange Actions



Building Administrative Capacities in the Danube Region and Western Balkans

All Information about the Calls for Proposals is available here.

What is BACID?

Funding facility financed by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and managed by the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns (AACT) and KDZ (Public Administration Research Center). It supports small actions of exchange of knowledge between Austrian entities and partners in public administration sector to the countries of the Danube Region and Western Balkans.

What is the objective of BACID?

To strengthen capacities of the authorities in the non-EU countries of the Western Balkans and Moldova in order to introduce and implement EU acquis relevant to local and regional governments. This will be achieved by building structures and cooperation for promotion of the process of democratization and regional development.

What topics are covered by BACID?

Variety of topics in competence of regional and local governments defined as priorities in the framework of the Priority Area 10 „Institutional Capacity and Cooperation“ of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). Within this Priority Area, the Urban Platform Danube Region has been established as a platform that unites cities, city networks and associations in the Danube Region, gearing their joint efforts towards the targets of the EU 2020 strategy and smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, including:

Thematic Priority I:


Thematic Priority II:


Thematic Priority III:



Health and social care

Child care and child welfare


Capacity building – human resources

Civil society participation


Greening cities

Disadvataged groups


Disaster risk management




Diversity policies

Local economic development

Cultural heritage

Equal opportunities

Modern management

Culture and creative industries

Roma inclusion

Spatial Planning

Industrial restructuring

Youth policies

Urban renewal

Municipal Finances



Sustainable administration



Services of general interest



Promoting cities



Sustainable urbanisation



Urban security



Waste management



What type of activities it finances?

  1. Expert support and mentoring
  2. Workshops, seminars and training
  3. Elaboration of reports, studies, surveys and other documents

What are the beneficiary countries?

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Moldova:

Who can receive funds?           

Applicant:  public and private entities/individuals from Austria

Partners in target countries:   public institutions, LGAs, NGOs and CSOs, regional organisations

How much money is available?

€ 30,000 is available per Call, with the maximum amount of grant available per action of € 6,000.

Own contribution of Applicant and/or Partners is needed if necessary for successful implementation of the action.

What costs can be covered by BACID?

1. Expert fees          

2. Expert per diems for travels to beneficiary countries          

3. Expert travel costs

When to apply?

Each year, two Calls for proposals will be launched.

The second Call is launched on 21st of July 2015 and will be open till 21st of October 2015.

The first Call was closed and the contract signing with 5 grant applicants is ongoing.

How to apply?

The Application Package is available for download at the webpage Guidelines and Application Package

The completed forms are to be submitted electronically to the following email address:, within the given deadlines.

Any questions related to the Call may be submitted to the following email address:

More applications may be submitted by one applicant and awarded, under the condition that the proposed actions target different beneficiary countries.

Partners can benefit from maximum 2 actions per Call for proposals: one related only to their beneficiary country and additionally one where partners from more countries are involved.