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Strengthening Czech civil society

  • In the period 2004-2009, the €10 million Czech NGO Fund provides financial support to NGOs running projects focusing on human rights and multiculturalism, support to disadvantaged children and young people, and environmental protection.

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    Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway finance the €10 million Czech NGO fund. The overall objective of the fund is to provide support to non-governmental, non-profit organisations in the Czech Republic.
    Following 3 open calls grants were awarded to projects by NGO's that may strengthen human rights and multicultural environment, support children and young people with specific problems and protect the environment.

    Since the fund's start in 2006, 181 projects have been awarded altogether €9.3 million in support:

    • 61 projects are within the focus area of democracy, human rights and discrimination;
    • 66 are within the focus area of environment; and
    • 54 are focused on social/family issues.


    The NGO fund is the largest fund under the EEA and Norway Grants in the Czech Republic, and one of the largest funds supported by the EEA and Norway Grants.

  • Country:

    Czech Republic

    Project title:

    NGO Fund - Life improvement in communities through NGO activities and services

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    NGO funds



    Type & project assistance:

    Block grant

    Project duration:

    56 months

    Project cost:

    € 10,000,000

    Grant rate:


    Grant agreement date:

    20 June 2006

    The aim of the Fund is to provide financial support to non-governmental, non-profit organizations in the Czech Republic that run projects (hereinafter referred to as “sub-projects”) within the following three focus areas:

    - Strengthening Human Rights and Multicultural Environment;

    - Support to Children and Young People with Specific Problems;

    - Environmental Protection.

    The Civil Society Development Foundation (NROS) shall be the Intermediary of the Fund. NROS shall be responsible i.a. for managing the Fund, as well as for receiving and appraising applications, and for re-granting financial support to the sub-projects in accordance with the procedures referred to in Annex III. NROS shall solicit applications at least once a year.

    The focus areas shall be subject to an ongoing assessment by the Intermediary and may change based on the experience of each open call and after consultation with representatives of the Czech NGO community, the Focal Point and the Financial Mechanism Committee. A proposal for modification of the focus areas may be submitted in accordance with Article 4.1.1 of the Terms and Conditions.

    It is foreseen that the remaining 50% of the total, final eligible cost for the Fund is to be provided by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.