About the WBIF

The WBIF focuses on key sectors of the Western Balkan economies including energy, environment, transport, social and private sector development. The Framework awards, based on competitive procedures, grants for infrastructure project preparation activities as well as for investments.

Calls for project preparation assistance are organised on a regular basis, usually twice a year, with deadlines in February and September. Projects must be nominated or endorsed by the National IPA Coordinator of the respective country and projects with regional impact take precedence when deciding among applications. 

Applications are assessed by the WBIF Project Financiers’ Group who recommends selected applications for approval by the the Steering Committee. Approved grants are then implemented by the Infrastructure Project Facility teams or the IFIs themselves.

WBIF operations are based on the Consolidated Terms of Reference for the Joint Grant Facility.

WBIF Governance Structure


WBIF pools resources from various sources into a Joint Grant Facility, namely:

Bilateral Donors


    Austria       Czech Republic       Denmark          Finland


        France         Germany            Greece            Hungary


       Ireland            Italy            Luxembourg     Netherlands


     Norway            Poland      Slovak Republic    Slovenia


        Spain           Sweden      United Kingdom