NGO Fund of the EEA / Norway Grants
After a successful tendering process and signing the contract with the EEA/Norwegian Financial Mechanism Office in March 2008, together with its partners – Autonomia Foundation, the Foundation for Democratic Rights (DemNet) and the Carpathian Foundation – HEPF manages the NGO Fund between 2008 and 2011.
The NGO Fund aims at strengthening civil society in four priority areas. Based on their expertise each managing foundation is responsible for a different thematic area: Autonomia for social cohesion, and health and childcare, DemNet for civil liberties and capacity building, Carpathian Foundation for cultural heritage and Ökotárs (HEPF) for environment protection and sustainable development.
Managing the NGO Fund means a new experience in HEPF’s practice in several respects: both the overall budget and the size of the individual grants exceeds beyond the foundation’s other grant programs. As a consortium leader, besides being responsible for the greenthematic area, HEPF coordinates the work of three other foundations as well.Also, this is our first fully on-line grant program, available at the specially designed www.norvegcivilalap.hu website.
We also hope to provide a good example to other support schemes both through the way the Fund is managed and also through the success of the supported projects.
The NGO Fund has a grant budget of almost 6 million €, which are distributed in three rounds once in 2008 and twice in 2009.
More information: www.norvegcivilalap.hu