Latvia NGO fund
More than 130 NGO projects are supported under the €5.9 million Latvian NGO fund.
Projects supported by the Latvian NGO fund
When the fund was launched in 2007, Nils Sakss, Director of the Society Integration Foundation, which manages the fund, called it one of the most important tools for civil society development in Latvia. Following 4 open calls for project proposals, 133 grants have now been provided to support projects managed by non-governmental organisations in Latvia within the 3 branches of the fund the NGO project measure, the NGO capacity strengthening measure and the NGO activity support measure.
Of the overall allocation from Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway to Latvia, 10% is earmarked NGOs. The Latvian government is contributing with 15% co-financing to the €5.85 million NGO fund. When the fund was established, Latvian Minister for Social Integration Oskars Kastens praised the cooperation between Norway and Latvia in establishing the fund and said he expected the fund to be a springboard for strengthening Latvian civil society over the coming 3 years.
Type & project assistance:
Block Grant - NGO Fund
Grant agreement date:
28 June 2007
The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support for NGO activities in democracy and civil society development fields, strengthen the capacity of NGOs supporting priorities in the EEA and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and support NGO initiated projects in the priorities of the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms, with the overall objective of strengthening civil society in Latvia. Reference is made to the application, dated 1 August 2006, and to correspondence with the Focal point 8 September 2006 and 21 September 2006.
The completed Fund shall include the following activities and results:
The Fund will support yearly work programmes made by existing NGOs, establishment of new NGOs and specific projects initiated by NGOs. Management activities will focus on preparing and the implementation of the Fund.
The Project Promoter is the Society Integration Foundation.
The Latvian government shall provide at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible project cost.