Frequently asked questions about the NGO Programmes

What are the NGO Programmes?

The NGO Programmes, also called Active Citizens Fund, is one out of 23 Programme Areas within the EEA and Norway Grants in the period 2014 - 2021. A minimum of 10% of the EEA Grants are dedicated to the NGO Programmes and will be set up in 15 beneficiary states.

Why a specific programme for NGOs?

A strong and vibrant civil society is important for democratic development. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) play a key role in promoting active citizenship, participatory democracy and building cohesive societies, targeting the needs of and empowering specific groups, including those most at risk of inequalities, exclusion and discrimination. NGOs are also instrumental in engaging in advocacy and policy formulation, as well as raising awareness of key issues and challenges in today's societies

Who can apply for the NGO Programmes?

Non-governmental organisations in the beneficiary states can apply for grants. Norwegian NGOs and other actors can be a project partner.

When will the NGO Funds be launched?

NGO Funds will be established in all 15 beneficiary countries.  The open calls for the NGO Programmes will be made available in the Open Calls Calendar as soon as they are launched.

How can I find a partner?

If you are looking for a partner, you can search in the database.

You can also register your own details here so that others can search for you!

Furthermore, the bilateral fund may facilitate the search for a partner. The special seed money fund will be set up in the beneficiary states to cover networking, finding partners, exchange of experiences and establishing partnerships.

What are the priorities of the NGO Programmes?

The civil society programmes reflect the current challenges facing Europe against the backdrop of the economic crisis. In line with the objectives of EU’s cohesion policy, particular emphasis is given to combating discrimination, to promoting inclusion, and to harnessing the potential of social entrepreneurship in the fight against social exclusion. Support to young people at risk of social exclusion, and young people from marginalized communities, is mainstreamed across the programme area.

Who is responsible for the NGO Programme in a specific country?

The EEA Grant Programmes are managed by Programme operators. For each NGO Programme in the 15 countries, a programme operator is tasked with awarding funding to projects under each programme area according to agreed criteria, and to follow-up on implementation. The donor countries through their secretariat for the Grants, the Financial Mechanism Office, will monitor the implementation process. The contact details for the programme operators can be found by clicking on the country sections.

What is the Financial Mechanism Office?

The Financial Mechanism Office is the Brussels-based secretariat for the EEA and Norway Grants. The FMO is affiliated to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), but reports to the Foreign Ministries of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The FMO also serves as a contact point for the beneficiary countries.

Where can I get more information?

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