Frequently asked questions about the NGO Programmes

What are the NGO Programmes?

The NGO Programmes, also called NGO Funds, is one out of 32 Programme Areas within the EEA and Norway Grants. 10% of the EEA Grants are dedicated to NGO Programmes and will be set up in 16 beneficiary states. The total support will be more than 140 million euros.

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 beneficiary countries. The open calls in the various countries were made from 2012 onwards. The open calls for the NGO Programmes can be found in the Open Calls Calendar.

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?

Democracy building, human rights and anti-discrimination are important priority areas in the NGO Programmes. In addition, environment, health, gender, cultural heritage and providing accessible services to the most vulnerable in society are crucial. In addition, 10% of the NGO funds will be set aside for child and youth-drive organisations or activities.

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 16 countries, a programme operator has  been 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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