romanianflagActive Citizens Fund 2014-2021 

Total allocation: €502.5 million
Allocation to Active Citizens Fund: €46 million

More information on the fund in the 2014-2021 period to become available on an ongoing basis.

See the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 fact sheet for  Romania.

NGO Programe 2009-2014
Total allocation: €305.95 million
Allocation to NGO Programme:  € 30,000,000

The Romanian NGO sector is quite dynamic, with constantly high and increasing registration rates of organisations. 87% of the NGOs are registered and function in urban areas. NGOs in Romania have diversified their funding over the last 10 years. The weight of funding coming from donations. Increased funding is coming from membership fees, sponsorship, public and, in particular, funding coming from economic activities which are truly independent funding.The basis for financial resources of the non-governmental sector remains fragile. The financial resources of 2/3 of the NGOs are low and very low, which limits their action capacity.

Most of the non-governmental organisations (90%) works with volunteers. The majority of NGOs, however, do not have specific strategies for recruiting and training volunteers. Volunteering remains particularly popular among youth.

Most NGOs in Romania, are involved in the provision of social, health or education services but also other community interest services such as youth or culture for which there is little or no provision from the public sector. NGOs as social service providers are active mainly in child care and home and residential care services for disabled and the elderly. Environmental NGOs have also a great role to play in implementing the sustainable development strategy of Romania, regardless their specific focus. Since 1990, the number of environmental NGOs has constantly grown. This is also the sector that benefit of the highest number of volunteers.

The surveys made in the last decade show an ascendent rate of the public image of the NGO sector in Romania. The current level of trust in NGOs is still low as absolute value, but in the context of the present crisis of confidence in the Romanian institutions, the fact that the NGOs are registering an increase could be interpreted as the result of them being perceived as point of stability.

Romania has a rather well functioning set of administrative regulations for access to public information and transparency of public decision making which have allowed NGOs to develop a critical function as watchdogs of government at both local and central levels and ensure citizens' access to decision-making. These provisions allow organizations to engage with the Local Councils and organize public consultations in order to improve the decisions taken by the local public authorities more in agreement with citizens' concerns and interests. While the overall political environment and cooperation with the government deteriorated, NGOs put significant effort into lobbying and advocacy initiatives in 2011. 

The programme shall support large, medium and small projects in the following five priority areas:
  1. Citizens' engagement: participation in decision-making and community engagement, volunteering, encouraging democratic values (promote and protect human rights, rule of law and justice reform, good governance, transparency and anti-corruption etc);
  2. Social justice: rural inter-ethnic community development and fighting social inequalities, poverty, exclusion of marginalised groups such as Roma, as well promoting gender equality and fighting gender-based violence;
  3. Sustainable development including biodiversity and environmental protection, ecotourism, increased environmental awareness, education, public participation;
  4. Welfare and basic services for most vulnerable groups in society such as children and youth at risk, disabled, Roma population and victims of domestic violence;
  5. NGO capacity development through support for coalitions and networks of NGOs at regional and national level, contributing to an enabling environment for NGOs and strengthening the sector's representation.
Bilateral partnership
Funding for bilateral activities aims to increase cooperation between NGOs in Romania and the donor countries, improve knowledge and mutual understanding and share results. The bilateral funds will be used to support the search for partners for donor partnership projects, know-how transfer, networking and exchange between project promoters and entities in the Donor States.
The Programme expects to achieve at least 8 partnership agreements at project level and to have approximately 140 participants from Romania actively involved in bilateral exchanges, study visits and international events with donor state entities.
Call for proposals
1st call: May 2013
2nd call: March 2014
Programme operator
The Fund Operator (FO) is the Civil Society Development Foundation (CSDF) in partnership with the Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation (REPF) and the Resource Centre for Roma Communities (RCRC).
Resources and more information
Website of the Romanian NGO Programme
Latest news on Romania
Further information on the EEA Grants in Romania.