Western Balkans Investment Framework - WBIF
The WBIF consists of the Joint Grant Facility and the Joint Lending Facility. The funds of the Joint Grant Facility are intended for the projects supported by the loans of the partner international financial institutions (which informally cooperate in the Joint Lending Facility), as well as other financial intermediaries, in the priority areas related with infrastructure construction, and other areas supporting socio-economic development.
More on the WBIF instrument: www.wbif.eu
The grants are intended to support activities within infrastructure projects financed by the loans of the partner international financial institutions (IFI). Only in exceptional cases will a grant be approved for technical assistance projects, to which loans of the partner international financial institutions are not directly linked. Applicants can be public entities or entities with mixed public and private capital, in charge of delivering public services, their management, contracting and building.
The projects applying for grants should be prepared in accordance with the EU pre-accession strategy and the relevant sector strategy documents and investment plans. They should be included in the Single Project Pipeline for BiH (SPP). In the period 2015-2020, the priority was given to the projects within the Connectivity Agenda for the Western Balkans, for which the European Union allocated around EUR 1 billion to co-finance investment grants to foster building of transport and energy corridors to link the Western Balkans with the European Union.
Details for each WBIF call for proposals are published by the national IPA coordinator (NIPAC), based on the call by the European Commission. The Steering Committee of the Western Balkans Investment Framework (consisting of the representatives of the European Commission, international financial institutions and bilateral donors) decides on the projects that would receive the grant support. Grant applications of all beneficiary countries are proposed through the NIPAC or through partner international financial institutions, endorsed by the NIPAC. More details on the application are in the FAQ Section.
Source: WBIF (2019)