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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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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
16.09.16 Lithuania
30.09.16 Bulgaria
30.10.16 Greece

Project stories, news and features

 

Supporting Greek human rights NGOs

20.07.2016

“Most of the cases we deal with are about discrimination towards ethnic minorities in the workplace. We often see migrants being unpaid.”

Strengthening asylum management

30.06.2016

In recent years, migration has put huge pressure on asylum systems in many European countries. Since 2004, significant funding has helped to protect our common borders and strengthen capacity to handle migration, with particular support to Greece since 2012.

Frontline protection for lone refugee children

18.04.2016

The plight of unaccompanied children has become one of the most pressing issues of the migrant crisis. At the frontline is Greek Humanitarian NGO, METAdrasi, providing critical care and protection through a network of guardians.