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Greece (GR04)

Key Facts

Strengthened civil society development and enhanced contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development
Programme operator:
Bodossaki Foundation
Donor programme partner:
Programme number:
Date of approval:
03 October 2013
Total grants amount:
€ 7,340,000.00
From EEA Grants:
€ 7,340,000.00
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 Greece 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?
Greece is experiencing a serious political and economic crisis, and consequently dramatic cuts in public expenditures are being introduced. The economic crisis has in particularly hit vulnerable groups such as children and youth, migrants and asylum seekers and the elderly, and according to a 2013 Eurostat report, the overall share of the Greek population living at "risk of poverty or social exclusion" was estimated to be 33 % of the population in 2011. Support is needed to strengthen civil society’s role in tackling rising intolerance, human rights abuse, support good governance and provide key services, in particular to vulnerable groups.

What will the programme achieve?
The programme aims to build the capacity of Greek NGOs by strengthening their role in civil society. The programme focuses in particular on four priority areas, namely to reduce social inequalities, poverty and social exclusion, to promote human rights including minority rights (especially Roma and migrants), to support democracy, transparency and good governance as well as protecting the environment. In order to be able to defend the most vulnerable groups in society and to contribute to a sustainable and democratic development, the programme also addresses the needs of children and youth, as well as minorities (Roma in particular), migrants and asylum seekers. The Programme will make a positive contribution towards addressing horizontal concerns such as hate speech, extremism, racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, tolerance/multicultural societies, Roma, sexual harassment, violence against women and trafficking.

How will it be achieved?
Within the above four priority areas the NGO Programme seeks to support a minimum of 75 small and large projects through for example:
•Capacity building to increase NGOs’ advocacy and watchdog roles as well as their ability to work in community development;
•Awareness raising and advocacy for human rights, democracy, gender equality, vulnerable groups and environment;
•Advocating for accessible welfare and basic services and combating social inequalities, poverty and exclusion, including in rural areas.

Support shall be provided through 4 open calls. The Fund Operator is the Bodossaki Foundation.

How will bilateral relations be strengthened?
A total amount of €95,100 representing 1.5% of the eligible expenditure is set aside as a fund to facilitate bilateral relations. The Programme aims at strengthening the links and cooperation of the NGO sectors in Greece and in the donor countries in the programme priority areas.

What are the partnership opportunities?
The programme expects to achieve 7 project partnership agreements as well as 7 project activities (conferences, workshops, study tours, consultancies and information activities) shared between Greek and Donor Countries NGOs. Donor state partners may apply seed money from April 2014 in order to facilitate partnerships with Greek NGOs. Applications with partners from Donor state countries can apply for an extra grant amount of €5,000.

Who can apply for funding under this programme?
Eligible applicants are NGOs that are established in Greece and fall within the following definition: “A non-profit voluntary organisation established as a legal entity, having a non-commercial purpose, independent of local, regional and central government, public entities, political parties and commercial organisations. Religious institutions and political parties are not considered NGOs.”