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Schengen cooperation and combating cross-border and organised crime, including trafficking and itinerant criminal groups – applying for funding

The Norway Grants support programmes on Schengen cooperation and combating cross-border crime in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland and Romania. 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 law enforcement services within the police and the customs services. 

How can I get involved as a partner?

Pooling expertise helps tackle shared challenges. To strengthen cooperation and knowledge exchange, partnerships between entities in the donor and beneficiary countries in projects are encouraged. Funding is available to support networking and foster project partnerships.

The Norwegian National Police Directorate is the donor programme partner in this area in Bulgaria (with support from the Council of Europe) and Romania. It plays a strategic role in programme planning and implementation, and can assist Norwegian entities who wish to get involved as partners.

More information about how you can become or involve a partner in a project.

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: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.