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Strengthening bilateral relations

Funding is now available to support networking, skill sharing and knowledge exchange between Slovak entities and entities from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway in selected programme areas.

The Government Office of the Slovak Republic has announced the launch of the Bilateral Funds at programme level.

The aim of the Funds is to create a flexible tool for easy funding and  supporting  the development  of  cooperation  among the  Slovak  Republic,  Norway,  Iceland  and  Liechtenstein  in  the  programme areas covered through the programmes operated by the Government Office of the Slovak Republic.

What is supported?

The Bilateral Fund generally supports single activities with clearly specified purpose and objective.  These include study tours, organisation of events, participation in events, etc.

The submitted application must relate to one of the programme areas of the programmes operated by the Government Office of the Slovak Republic. The programme areas are the following:

  • PA7 – Adaptation to Climate Change
  • PA16 & PA17 – Conservation and Revitalisation of Cultural and Natural Heritage & Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage
  • PA21 – Green Industry Innovation
  • PA28 – Cross-border Cooperation
  • PA29 – Domestic and gender-based violence

How much is funded?

The allocations for each programme area are as listed below:

  • PA7 – Adaptation to Climate Change: € 40 000
  • PA16 & PA17 – Conservation and Revitalisation of Cultural and Natural Heritage & Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage: € 120 000
  • PA21 – Green Industry Innovation: € 66 000
  • PA28 – Cross-border Cooperation: € 60 000
  • PA29 – Domestic and gender-based violence: € 30 000

Each activity (one grant application) can be awarded a grant of minimum € 1 000 and a maximum of € 10 000.

Co-financing of the activities by the applicant is not required.

Who can apply for funding?

Eligible  applicants  are  entities  from  the  Slovak  republic, entities  from  the  Donor  countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)  and  international  organisations (following point b) of Article 3.6.1 of the Regulation on the implementation of the EEA Financial  Mechanism and the Regulation on the implementation of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

Priority  is  given  to  entities  and  their  Slovak  and  donor  partners  who  are  implementing  or  have  already implemented some of the projects supported under the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial  Mechanism.

One  of  the conditions of  eligibility  of  the  applicant  is  that the  applicant  has  at  least  one  partner  chosen according to the following key:

a)      In case  of programme areas  PA7,  PA16  and  PA17  it  is  necessary  to  have at  least  one  partner  from  Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway, or an international organisation

b)      In case  of  programme areas  PA21,  PA26  and  PA29 it  is  necessary  to  have at  least  one  partner  from Norway or international organisation.

c)      If the  applicant  is a subject  from the  donor  states  or  an international  organisation,  it must  have  at least one partner from Slovakia.

The provisions of points a), b) and c) shall not apply if the activities’ aim is participation at an event only.

Every partner must have relevant experiences in the respective area.

When is the application deadline?

Grant applications can be submitted up to 30 November 2016. Although applications can be submitted up to the deadline, they will be reviewed on a 'a first come - first served' approach. Consequently, the earlier applications are submitted, the higher the chances of receiving support.

Please consult the website of the Government Office of the Slovak Republic for the full details of requirements and information regarding the call.

Questions related to the Bilateral Fund and this calls should be directed to:

Government Office of the Slovak Republic

Department EEA and Norway Grants

Strategic Action unit

Námestie slobody 1

813 70 Bratislava 1

bilateralnyfond@vlada.gov.sk

+421 2 57 295 516.

Read the full announcement and download application forms

Read more about the EEA and Norway Grants to Slovakia