Invitation to bid: Fund Operator for the Active Citizens Fund in Lithuania
The Financial Mechanism Office – the secretariat of the EEA and Norway Grants – is seeking a Fund Operator to develop and implement the EEA Grants programme for civil society in Lithuania 2014-2021 (the ‘Active Citizens Fund’). This is the invitation to bid.
The EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 represent funding from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reduce economic and social disparities and strengthen cooperation with 15 EU countries in Northern, Central and Southern Europe. For the period 2014-2021, a total contribution of €2.8 billion has been agreed.
As described in article 3.2.b of Protocol 38c of the EEA agreement, funding shall be earmarked for support to civil society organisations in each of the 15 beneficiary states.
Programme allocation and objective
In Lithuania, the allocation to the Active Citizens Fund (the civil society programme) is EUR 9,000,000 (see Memorandum of Understanding).
The objective of the Civil Society Programme Area is: ‘Civil society and active citizenship strengthened and vulnerable groups empowered’. The Active Citizens Fund 2014-2021 in Lithuania shall seek to develop the long-term sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector, with the aim of strengthening its role in promoting democratic participation, active citizenship and human rights. More information on the objectives, principles, thematic areas of support and design of the programmes can be found in the Terms of Reference (see link below).
Submission of bid
The Fund Operator will be responsible for the development and implementation the Active Citizens Fund in Lithuania.
The Terms of Reference, Bid form and annexes are provided in the links below.
The deadline for submission of bids is 3 September 2018, at 12:00 (noon) CEST.
A webinar for potential bidders, providing information about the tendering and selection process in Lithuania, was held on 28 June. The presentation slides from the webinar can be accessed here, and the questions and responses given during the webinar can be found in the ‘Questions and Answers’ document available here.
Please consult the Questions and Answers document, which provides comprehensive answers to questions already answered by FMO. This is available on the website. Any other questions should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify the country and organisation name in the subject line of your email (see section 6.4 of the Terms of Reference for further information on submission of and responses to questions).
Annex F: Reference documents, provided for bidder’s information (See Terms of Reference)