News story | Date: 29/11/2018 | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A new database may connect Norwegian project partners with civil society organisations in 15 European countries. There are many exciting projects that can qualify for funding from the EEA and Norway Grants.
Over the course of the next seven years, about NOK two billion (EUR 200 million) will be distributed to civil society organisations in these 15 countries.
‘The EEA and Norway Grants provide an excellent opportunity to support civil society in Europe. In some countries, this support is one of the most important sources of funding for work in this area. Supporting civil society is an important priority for Norway at a time when these independent organisations are under pressure in a number of countries,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
The aim is to strengthen democracy, human rights and active citizenship. Support for civil society under the EEA and Norway Grants is channelled through an Active Citizens Fund in each of the beneficiary countries.
‘Active, independent civil society organisations are essential to a well-functioning democracy,’ Ms Eriksen Søreide said.
Norwegian institutions, NGOs, municipalities, companies and other bodies are not authorised to apply for project funding, but they can be project partners. You can register your interest here.
During the previous funding period, 165 Norwegian partners participated in civil society projects funded by the EEA and Norway Grants.
Active Citizens Funds are currently being launched, and calls for proposals are being announced, in these countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Calls for proposals are listed here.
Supported by EEA and Norway grants
The EEA and Norway Grants contribute to reducing social and economic disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA). The Grants scheme also strengthens cooperation between Norway and the beneficiary countries.
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee has been selected to fill the role of disseminating information on how civil society is supported by the EEA and Norway Grants, and of helping to establish contact between potential Norwegian project partners and relevant organisations in the beneficiary countries.
More detailed information on the Active Citizens Funds is available here.