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NGO Programmes

Dynamic civil societies are a cornerstone in healthy, stable democracies. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) play a key role in mobilising citizens, promoting democratic values and tackling key concerns in society.

Support to civil society is one of the key priorities of the EEA and Norway Grants, with NGO Programmes established in all 16 beneficiary countries. The programmes aim to strengthen the development of civil society and enhance its contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development. 

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For applicants

Funding is available for non-governmental organisations registered in the 15 beneficiary countries. Eligible applicants may also include foundations, social enterprises, and faith-based organisations. Specific eligibility criteria and rules for applying are defined in each call for proposals.

For partners

Strengthening bilateral relations between NGOs in the donor and beneficiary countries is important: partnerships between entities in the donor and beneficiary countries are encouraged in both NGO programmes and projects.

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee facilitates contact and cooperation between NGOs in the 15 beneficiary countries and Norway.

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Calls for proposals

Each programme funds a variety of projects. Projects are selected following calls for proposals organised by the programme operator in each country.

Ongoing calls for proposals under this programme area

Deadline Country
31.12.14 Hungary

News, results and projects


Finding a way out of the darkness


“I have started to think about tomorrow and the future,” says Svajūnas, a drug addict for more than 20 years, receiving help through a project supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the NGO programme in Lithuania.

NGO programme launched in Croatia


The NGO programme for Croatia was launched in Zagreb yesterday, 2 July. The event attracted more than a hundred NGO representatives interested to hear about the opportunities now available for Croatian civil society.

Civic Arena – NGO Magazine Launched


The first edition of ‘Civic Arena’, a new magazine focusing on the civil sector in Central and Eastern Europe, has just been launched in Romania.