• Workforce and Higher Access to Markets Activity

    A new activity to stimulate job creation by advancing Bosnia's trade integration with and expansion into European Union and regional markets.

  • Grant Opportunities

    This program is open to eligible individual organizations, or a number of organizations working together. Grants will prioritize high-growth, exporting, or export-ready enterprises aiming to expand capacity, reach more markets, and generate greater employment.

    Components 1, 2 & 3

    Improved Workforce, Increased Access to Markets, and Improved Product Quality

    Released: 23 November 2017

    Deadline: 22 November 2018

  • About Us

    Workforce and Access to Higher Markets (WHAM) is a USAID-funded activity designed to create jobs in Bosnia and Herzegovina through trade integration with the European Union (EU) and regional markets. WHAM offers grants to high-growth, exporting, and export-ready small and medium enterprises from the wood, metal, and textile sectors.

    Types of Grants

    Improve the Workforce

    In partnership with the public and private sectors, these grants will share the cost of recruiting or retraining a skilled labor force. This could include assisting relevant secondary schools in equipping school cabinets with adequate equipment.

     

    Increase Market Access

    These grants help companies identify and access new customers and markets. This may include supporting private and public-sector initiatives to help companies attend major regional and international trade fairs.

     

    Improve Product Quality and Use of New Technology

    These grants support companies to introduce quality management systems, technology upgrades, and achieve certifications required by target markets.

     

    By the end of 2020, WHAM aims to increase exports at these businesses by 30 percent and create more than 1,500 full-time equivalent positions, many for young people and women.

  • Highlights

    Latest Announcements, Stories, and Events

    WHAM Activity Promotional Road Show - UPDATE!

    December 7, 2017

    The Workforce and Higher Access to Markets Activity (WHAM) team will be showcasing the activity's goals, objectives, and latest RFA announcement between December 5 to 18. The team will stop in the following locations: Banja Luka, Bihac, Tuzla, Prijedor, Tesanj, Zenica, Mostar, and Sarajevo. For more details, including a copy of the presentation, click on the "Read more" button below!

    Request for Proposals

    November 23, 2017

    USAID's Workforce and Higher Access to Markets Activity (WHAM) invites eligible organizations to submit concept notes for grant funding. The focus of this RFA is to target organizations that represent high-growth, exporting or export-ready enterprises, in metal, wood and/or textile industries, aiming to expand capacity, reach more markets, and...

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  • Contact Us

    Danijela Ozme 1
    Sarajevo, 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Monday - Friday
    9:00 to 17:00
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