croatia 640NGO Programme 2009-2014
Total allocation to Croatia: €9.6 million
Allocation to NGO programme: €1.3 million
Currently, there are 51 469 registered NGOs in Croatia but not all are active. The new Law on Associations was adopted after a long public debate that began in February 2012. The new Act makes a strong accent on the transparency of public associations and introduces some changes in their financial managment.

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in general have previously played an important role in preparing for accession and advancing different sector reforms, as in regards to the overall promotion of democracy, the rule of law and human rights. Civil society organisations already act as relevant providers of direct assistance and protection to victims of corruption and violation of human rights, as well as vital advocates of sustainable environmental protection, social rights and transparent policy processes. Their contribution is increasingly recognized, particularly in the process of drafting new legislative measures and public policies.
NGO Programme Croatia
The Programme shall contribute to the overall objectives of the EEA and Norway Grants to reduce economic and social disparities and to strengthen bilateral relations between the Republic of Croatia and the donor states Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The Programme shall aim to strengthen the civil society sector, and its contribution to key challenges, and enhance the sector's contribution to social justice and democracy. In addition, the aim of the Programme is to establish sustainable model of CSOs capable to influence society development in Croatia at least in a few areas such as: human rights (including minorities), democracy, transparency, women empowerment, children and youth, community media as well followed by empowered foundations providing independent funding to CSOs and supporting society development.

In implementing this Programme, the Fund Operator will launch a total of 3 open calls for proposals and 2 predefined projects, that will contribute to the overall objective of the Programme.
Bilateral cooperation
The Programme aims at strengthening the links and cooperation of the NGO sector in Croatia and donor countries stakeholders. The Programme expects to promote strategic cooperation through networking activities and partnerships. The beneficiaries are expected to benefit largely from the experience of the donor country organisations. All calls for grants and expression of interest are aimed at supporting cross-border cooperation (countries outside of the European Economic Area with common border with Croatia, EEA beneficiary countries and donor countries.) A total amount of €19,500 is set aside as a fund to facilitate bilateral relations.
Programme operator 
Fund Operator: National Foundation for Civil Society Development
Address: Štrigina 1a, 10 000 Zagreb
Telephone: +385 1 2399 100 
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Launch/ Timeline

Open calls:
  • Democracy, Human Rights - first quarter of 2015.
  • Supporting innovative initiatives for children and youth in local communities - second quarter of 2015.
  • Solidarity and social capital in local communities - third quarter of 2014.

Pre-defined projects:
Regranting capacity of foundation sector in Croatia - third quarter of 2014.
Better together for Roma in Croatia - first quarter of 2015.


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