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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
30.10.16 Greece

Project stories, news and features


Equal consumer rights for the visually impaired


A Hungarian association for blind and visually impaired people has launched an initiative to help people with shopping: developing, introducing and implementing a classification system of blind friendly stores.

Strengthening civil society in Hungary


The project ‘Glassvillage’ has increased the knowledge and awareness of NGOs, citizens, and local elected representatives of their rights to access and publish public information.