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NGO Programmes

Civil society is a fundamental building block of democratic governance and social cohesion. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) play a vital role in promoting democratic values, human rights and fostering civic participation.

Support to civil society is one of the key priorities for Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway in the EEA and Norway Grants, with NGO Programmes established in all 16 beneficiary countries.The programmes increase the capacity of civil society in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics and help mobilise citizens to voice their concerns and actively engage in social development.

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For applicants

Funding is available for non-governmental organisations registered in the 16 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 16 beneficiary countries and Norway.

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Project stories, news and features


NGO campaigning success against forced marriage


Teenage forced marriage is a major problem amongst the Romani population in Slovenia. An awareness campaign by Society Ključ has brought about a major change in the law, making forced marriages illegal.

Anti-racism campaign brings postive change


‘Stop Islamisation of Europe! …well, do you like your coffee?’ This message was printed on napkins in McDonald‘s in Zgierz, in central Poland - one initiative in the ‘Open Zgierz’ project which has come up with novel ways to challenge xenophobia.