Visegrad Grants offer funding for people and organizations from the Visegrad countries (V4), Western Balkans countries (WB), countries of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) and worldwide who believe their projects can make a significant contribution to regional cooperation and the advancement of innovativeness and sustainability in Central and Eastern Europe.
Each year the Visegrad Fund also supports projects addressing annual strategic goals of the Visegrad Group. In 2017 they include regional competitiveness and connectivity, security and stability and promotion of the V4.
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) or natural person (private citizen) worldwide is eligible to apply with a project proposal involving participation of at project partners from at least 3 V4 countries. The active involvement of partners from 3 V4 countries is therefore a prerequisite for applying.*
* Projects that deal with specific local issues in border areas/regions (e.g. Tokaj wine region, Těšínsko/Śląsk Cieszyński, the Tatras) within 40 km from the border can be implemented on a bilateral basis.
Guidelines 1.1, 1.5
WHAT TYPE OF PROJECTS CAN GET SUPPORT
Any original proposal can get support if it deals with V4 regional cooperation, advancement of innovativeness and sustainability in Central and Eastern Europe in one of our eight focus areas:
- Culture and common identity
- Education and capacity building
- Democratic values and the media
- Public policy and institutional partnerships
- Scientific exchange and research cooperation
- Regional development, entrepreneurship and tourism
- Social development
Aside from 8 regular support areas, we seek projects addressing strategic goals of the Visegrad Group:
- Competitiveness and connectivity (EU single market digitalization & EU Digital Agenda; North–South transport and energy links; Science technology, innovation-based economy, regional start-up cooperation)
- Security and stability (Implementation of the Warsaw NATO Summit decisions; Future of CSDP; Military cooperation; Cyber security)
- Promotion of the V4 (Public awareness of the Visegrad Group especially among the youth; External promotion of the V4 outside as a modern, livable, creative & innovative region)
We also seek proposals particularly targeting Eastern Partnership countries. These can be eligible for co-funding by partner donors if addressing one of seven priorities:
- 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.
HOW FUNDING DECISIONS ARE MADE
Decisions are made on a quarterly basis up to 50 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:
March 1 (on-line system opens February 1, results are made available in mid-May, the earliest start of the project implementation period is June 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)
September 1 (on-line system opens August 1, results are made available in mid-October, the earliest start of the project implementation period is November 1)
December 1 (on-line system opens November 1, results are made available in mid-February, the earliest start of the project implementation period is March 1)
Please see the updated Grant Guidelines for further information. You can also contact us or book a visit for consultation.
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