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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

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News, results and projects


Discovering Jewish heritage through language


The idea behind the ‘Bagel Shop’ tolerance campaign in Lithuania is to welcome the wider public into the Jewish community. Our colleagues in Human Rights Monitoring Institute went to meet students in a Hebrew language class to find out more.

‘Intolerance affects you too’


Twenty-five volunteers, 20 local government institutions, 10 NGOs, one goal – promoting tolerance in different communities across Romania. Project assistant, Andreea Tătaru, tells us about the vision and achievements of the anti-discrimination campaign.

Empowering citizens through technology


Located only a short walking distance from the historical Acropolis – the cradle of democracy – the Greek NGO SciFY is hard at work in strengthening citizen participation in modern-day Greek politics.