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Funds for Non-governmental Organisations

EEA Grants

Slovenia (SI03)

Key Facts

Strengthened civil society development and enhanced contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development
Programme operator:
Regional Environmental Center (REC), Slovenia
Donor programme partner:
Programme number:
Date of approval:
15 April 2013
In implementation
Total grants amount:
€ 1,875,000.00
From EEA Grants:
€ 1,875,000.00
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 Slovenia 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?
Since 2011, Slovenia has undergone serious political and economic challenges. According to the 2012 Civicus report, the civil society structure in Slovenia suffers from a lack of financial and human resources, hampering the development of the sector. In addition, there is a need to foster dialogue between the government and the civil society, promote partnership- and coalition-building among NGOs and provide opportunities for civil society to influence policy-making, as highlighted by the 2011 National Integrity System Assessment by Transparency International.

What will the programme achieve?
Taking into consideration the current overall structure of Slovenian civil society in human, organisational and economic terms, the programme places strong emphasis on participatory democracy through the development of cross-sectoral partnerships, particularly with entities at local, regional and/or national level (local authorities, NGOs, public entities). Moreover, the programme seeks to empower vulnerable groups such as children and youth, Roma and minorities, focusing also on beneficiaries’ engagement and participation in activities targeting vulnerable groups. Through activities promoting active citizenship and advocacy, the programme strengthens the involvement of NGOs in policies and social life.

The promotion of human rights, gender equality and anti-discrimination are also important components of the programme. The programme will address 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?
The programme supports large, medium and small projects in the following priority areas: 

1.    Human rights;
2.    Democracy;
3.    Social equality;
4.    Empowerment of vulnerable groups, in particular children and youth
5.    Environmental protection;
6.    Provision of welfare and social services.

The priority areas are covered through five outcomes: 1) Active Citizenship fostered; 2) Cross-sectoral partnerships developed, particularly with government organisations at local, regional and /or national level; 3) Advocacy and watchdog role developed; 4) Developed networks and coalitions of NGOs working in partnership; and 5) Empowerment of vulnerable groups.

Support is provided through two calls for proposals. The Fund Operator is a consortium led by the Regional Environmental Center (REC) in partnership with the Centre for information service, co-operation and development of NGOs (CNVOS).

How will bilateral relations be strengthened?
Funding for bilateral activities shall increase cooperation between NGOs in Slovenia and entities in the donor countries, improve knowledge and mutual understanding and the sharing of results. The bilateral funds are used to support the search for partners for donor partnership projects, knowledge transfer, networking and exchange between project promoters and entities in Donor States.
What are the partnership opportunities?
The programme is expected to achieve at least 10 partnership agreements at project level with Donor country entities.

Who can apply for funding under this programme?
Eligible applicants are NGOs established in Slovenia, defined as “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.”