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International Visegrad Fund inviting applications from NGOs/CSOs for 2020 Grant Program

International Visegrad Fund inviting applications from NGOs/CSOs for 2020 Grant Program

Deadline: 1 February 2020

The International Visegrad Fund is inviting applications for 2020 Grant Program to support regional partnerships among NGOs and civil society organizations, public institutions and municipalities, private companies and nonprofit organizations as well as education and research centers that contribute to cooperation in the Visegrad region.

10+ Funders for Agriculture, Food and Nutrition
10+ Global Donors for Improving Lives of Children in Poor Countries
10+ Donors that believe in building NGO capacities for Civil Society Development
15+ Donors for Saving the Planet: Grants for Environment, Conservation and Wildlife

To apply for Visegrad Grants, applicants project must address one of the objectives of the grant program from one of seven focus areas eligible for funding.

Culture and Common Identity:
Increased awareness of cultural diversity and cross-border intercultural dialogue
Increased awareness of common heritage, including history and contemporary art
Increased promotion of common identity and heritage inside and outside of the V4 region
Larger volume of common cultural productions reaching out to new audiences
Education and Capacity Building:
Improved hard /soft skills for a better access to labor market, lifelong learning and internship programs
Strengthened cooperation among educational institutions
Increase in the volume of common formal, informal and non-formal educational tools and teacher training opportunities
Increased sharing of best practices in the dialog among decision-making bodies, municipalities, schools and families
Innovation, R&D, Entrepreneurship:
Increase in B2B networks with an emphasis on development of SMEs and start-ups
Improved ecosystem for business and social business development at the regional level
Development of regional networks/clusters of SMEs, academia, and research institutions with a long-lasting impact
Increased science popularization on the regional level with emphasis on youth
Increased promotion of joint V4 R&D projects outside of the V4 region
Democratic Values and the Media:
Increased participation of citizens in the democratic system
Increased awareness of transparency as a norm in society, professionalization of transparency of justice, fight against corruption
Providing a safer environment and capacity-building for whistleblowers, fact-checkers, investigative journalists and other watchdogs
Increased volume of media coverage in V4 about regionally-relevant topics, increased access to information
Improved media and information literacy for increased resilience towards biased reporting, disinformation and propaganda
Public Policy and Institutional Partnership:
Increased awareness and active involvement of civil society in policy-making processes with emphasis on youth
Increased capacity building of civil servants
Creating new approaches to existing regional public challenges
Creating common advocacy strategies addressing regional issues
Regional Development, Environment and Tourism:
Increased number of town/municipality twinning initiatives
Increased awareness, education and improve regional strategies on environmental protection, climate change and sustainable development
Diversification of tourism by increasing the range and quality of regional products and services
Social Development:
Promotion of tolerant and inclusive mindset in society, protection of minorities
Deepened inter-generational understanding and dialogue
Improved regional strategy and policy for demographic and other social and economic challenges
Increased awareness and practice of a healthy and active lifestyle and reduction of substance abuse

20+ Donors standing up for Human Rights and Equality
10+ International Donors seeking to improve Access to Water, Hygiene and Sanitation
20+ Global Donors for Empowering Women and Girls
25+ Donors for the Empowerment of Youth
Projects must develop meaningful cooperation and active participation of organizations from at least 3 V4 countries
Cross-border cooperation of at least 2 organizations from 2 neighboring V4 countries also qualify for support with projects taking place within a 40-km radius from the border
Maximum duration of project implementation is 18 months
Grants can cover up to 100% of project budget with 15% for overheads
Eligibility Criteria

Consortium of organizations of which 3 or more are based in different Visegrad countries
All types of non-governmental, civil society organizations (CSOs); municipalities and local governments; schools, higher education institutions; research and scientific bodies and public institutions are eligible as lead partner (applicant) and partners in the consortia
Market actors, e.g.: private entrepreneurs, companies – especially innovation and startup-related actors – with a legal entity are also eligible, but only if their Visegrad project is of nonprofit character.

Institutions of state administration (ministries, government agencies, embassies, state-funded cultural institutes, state-owned companies)
Natural persons (individual citizens)
Private entrepreneurs with/without a legal entity for funding their forprofit activities
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