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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
30.09.15 Croatia
31.12.15 Hungary

News, results and projects


Developing green innovators of the future


A gym that produces electricity and a system for adopting beehives were among the ideas developed jointly by Bulgarian and Norwegian youth. The cooperation aimed at strengthening the teaching of entrepreneurship in schools.

Improving quality of life for people with disabilities


Lithuania has undergone enormous changes over the last 25 years, yet families with children who have learning disabilities still require considerable support (both moral and financial) in order to be able to integrate their child into their family and community.

See the person, not the disability


‘See the person, not the disability’ - this is the message of the ‘I AM HERE’ project which is helping to address the isolation often experienced by people with learning disabilities and their families.