“The project ‘A good start’ made it possible for me to work and support my girls, because my daughter was able to go to preschool,” says Maria.
NGO Programmes 2009-2014
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.
Read about the programme in each country to find out what activities are funded, how to apply, or how to get involved as a partner.
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.
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.
Project stories, news and features
Children with a parent in prison often face social stigma. With support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, Hungarian children of incarcerated parents now receive support aiming to overcome stigma and facilitate family contact.
The number of HIV-positive in Latvia increases. “There’s a need for more readily available places you could test for HIV,” says Kaspars Zalitis, who runs a checkpoint in Riga.