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EEA Grants

Spain (ES03)

Key Facts

Strengthened civil society development and enhanced contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development
Programme operator:
The NGO Platform of Social Action
Donor programme partner:
Programme number:
Date of approval:
23 April 2013
Total grants amount:
€ 4,585,000.00
From EEA Grants:
€ 4,585,000.00
From Norway Grants:
Programme areas:
PA10 - Funds for non-governmental organisations
The projects may be implemented until 2016/2017

Calls for proposals

There are no further calls for proposals.

More information

Programme website Overview of projects Programme Agreement EEA Grants Spain country page

Programme Agreements, including annexes, are published on the website as signed. Any subsequent amendments are not reflected.


Programme Summary


Why is the programme needed?
The NGO Sector in Spain is made up of more than 250,000 organisations. It is relatively young and took form at the beginning of the 1980s with the arrival of democracy in the country. Since the 1990s the sector experienced important growth linked to its provision of welfare services in Spain and the improvement of public services in many areas. It is, however, mainly the number of Spanish NGOs that grew. Many organisations are still weak in terms of internal capacity and any impact they may have in influencing strategic development and public policy. These weaknesses are aggravated by the current economic crisis and the drastic decrease in public funding to NGOs. It is important in this period of crisis to strengthen the role of the Spanish non-governmental sector by supporting projects aimed at social justice, promoting democracy and encouraging a more sustainable approach to societal development.

What will the programme achieve?
The NGO programme will support the sector by strengthening its capacity in policy engagement and addressing social inequalities among marginalised and disadvantaged groups. The programme will pay special attention to the core areas of support (democracy, human rights, anti-discrimination, good governance and transparency, participatory democracy, combatting racism and xenophobia, social inequalities, poverty and exclusion, including in rural areas, gender equality and gender-based violence). The Programme will also take into account the specific needs of small NGOs.

How will it be achieved?

  • Support to projects through one open call in mid-2013 will focus on
    1. capacity building for networks and coalitions,
    2. establishment of partnership systems (public, private),
    3. sustainability through cooperation systems and economies of scale, and
    4. grassroots initiatives at local level to promote participation of the NGO sector in political decision processes
  • A pre-defined project will focus on a qualitative research on the current situation of the NGO sector in Spain to better understand the current and future difficulties of NGOs and identify mechanisms to deal with these challenges.

How will bilateral relations be strengthened?
Approximately €75,000 is set aside as a fund to facilitate bilateral cooperation. Suggested activities are aimed at ensuring development of sustainable and strategic partnerships at programme level and establishing closer ties between Spanish and Donor state NGOs. At programme level, the Programme Operator shall organise study visits and research on thematic issues with participation of NGOs from the Donor states and Spain.

What are the partnership opportunities?
The Programme will contribute to strengthening cooperation with the Donor states, Council of Europe and other beneficiary states at programme and project level through bilateral activities and complementary actions. Annual events for sharing good practices on partnership development are planned as well as the development of a special database of contacts with partners from Donor States that shall be available on the Programme website. The Programme Operator will work with the Norwegian Helsinki Committee to facilitate building bilateral contacts.

Who can apply for funding under this programme?
Eligible applicants are NGOs established in Spain. Religious institutions and political parties are not considered NGOs. End-beneficiaries of projects are wider groups in society ranging from the general public to civil servants, disadvantaged groups and media. Children and youth and Roma are also targeted. At least 10% of the allocation shall reach children and youth organisations or activities targeting children and youth. There will be one open call.