Visegrad+ Grants support projects which contribute to the democratization and transformation processes in selected countries and regions, especially non-EU member states in the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership countries.
In the last 16 years, we have supported more than 5,000 of projects encouraging partnerships among NGOs and civil society organizations, public institutions and local governments as well as educational and research institutions in the Visegrad region and beyond.
WHO CAN APPLY
Any legal entity (organization) worldwide is eligible to apply with a project proposal involving participation of project partners from at least 3 V4 countries and at least one entity from Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) or Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). The active involvement of partners from 3 V4 countries is therefore a prerequisite for applying.
 This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
WHAT TYPE OF PROJECTS CAN GET SUPPORT
Any original proposal can get support if it deals with one of seven priority areas:
- Rural development
- Good governance
- Legislation and justice
- Communication, media and access to information
- Development of civil society/support of human rights and minorities
The fund doesn’t support infrastructure and investment projects.
Note: Selected EaP-focused projects in the areas of good governance, legislation and justice, communication, media and access to information, and development of civil society/support for human rights and minorities may be co-financed by the government of the Netherlands.
HOW FUNDING DECISIONS ARE MADE
Decisions are made on a quarterly basis up to 60 workdays after each deadline by the Council of Ambassadors and upon the recommendations of the selection committee headed by the fund’s Executive Director. The selection committee considers following criteria:
- compliance of the project objective with the aims of the fund
- quality, relevance and contribution of project partners
- regional relevance, originality/innovativeness and feasibility of the proposal
- impact/multiplicative effect and continuity of the project
- transparency and accuracy of the budget
- previous experience of the applicant and project relation to applicant/partners’ mission
HOW MUCH IS THE GRANT
Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the project. The average grant support for supported project in 2016 was around €20,000.
HOW TO APPLY
Project proposals are accepted only electronically through an on-line application form at my.visegradfund.org by 11:59:59 CET (noon) on given deadline date. The application system opens 30 days before each deadline. Applicants need to register with a valid e-mail address to start a new application form. Each form is then password protected and can be saved and edited later.
A Sample application form is available here (PDF).
Application submission deadlines:
February 1 (on-line system opens January 1, results are made available in mid-April, the earliest start of the project implementation period is May 1)
June 1 (on-line system opens May 1, results are made available in mid-August, the earliest start of the project implementation period is September 1)
October 1 (on-line system opens September 1, results are made available in mid-November, the earliest start of the project implementation period is January 1)
Please see the updated Grant Guidelines for further information. You can also contact us. Consulting project proposals, however, is only possible by appointment and 30 days before given deadline the latest.
Please consult Questions & Answers commonly asked by grant applicants.