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Mainstreaming gender equality and promoting work-life balance – applying for funding

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway support programmes on promoting gender equality in six beneficiary countries. The programmes fund a portfolio of projects.

Who can apply for funding?

Only entities registered in the six countries with this programme can apply. Specific criteria and target groups are defined in the call for proposals. These may include civic associations, non-profit organisations, women’s rights organisations, local and regional authorities and other public and private institutions active in the field of gender equality.

How can I get involved as a partner?

To enhance knowledge exchange and mutual learning, partnerships between organisations in the donor and beneficiary countries are widely encouraged. Funding is available to support networking and foster project partnerships.

The Norwegian Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud is a donor programme partner in Spain and The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir) is a donor programme partner in Estonia. They play a strategic role in programme planning and implementation, and can assist Norwegian entities who wish to get involved as partners.

Project partners from the donor countries may include local and regional public bodies or civic organisations operating in the gender equality field.

Read more about partnerships and view step-by-step how to become or involve a partner

How and when to apply?

Projects are selected following open calls organised by the programme operator in each country. Calls are published on the websites of the programme operators and in our open calls calendar.  

Eligibility requirements vary by programmes. Find out more in the individual programme summary for each country: Czech Republic, Estonia, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain.