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Visegrad Grants to support NGOs and Civil Society Organizations

Organisation: Visegrad Fund

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Democracy and good governance

Funding Size: N/A

Deadline: 01/10/2023

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    – Any non-governmental, legal entity from any country can apply for support if they fulfil the partnership criteria. The Fund’s main targets are civil society organizations (CSOs), public educational, cultural, research and scientific institutions, municipalities, and local governments, but market actors, e.g., companies – especially innovation and startup-related ones – are also eligible, if their project is of nonprofit character.
    – Natural persons (individual citizens) or institutions of state administration directly subordinated to the state and its bodies, e.g., ministries, government and state agencies, embassies, etc. can neither apply nor be valid project partners.
    Private entrepreneurs are not eligible to apply or be partners.
    – Subjects that possess full or partial independence from state administration and possess self-government (such as universities, academic, artistic, social, educational, cultural, research and/or science organizations, municipalities, and local governments, etc.) can apply for the Fund’s support.
    – If the applicant is a research or higher education institution with several organizational units (e.g. universities, academies of science, etc.), they are obliged to indicate the name of the smallest possible organizational unit (institute, department, etc.) entrusted with the project’s implementation. Without this information, the application will not be considered eligible. When choosing the appropriate unit, make sure that they are entitled, according to their internal rules, to apply for project funding independently.
    – Should an overlapping larger unit (e.g. a faculty of the university) have a running grant in the same grant scheme that the applicant wishes to apply for, it is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that the running project is administered by a separate subunit (e.g. the applicant is a department under a faculty which already has a running project – a clear separation of subunits will be necessary to make the new proposal eligible).
    – 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., companies – especially innovation and startuprelated actors – with a legal entity are also eligible, but only if their Visegrad project is of nonprofit character.
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries:  Visegrad region.
  • Application language: English

Applications are now open for the Visegrad grants 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.

Focus Areas

  • Culture and Common Identity
  • Education and Capacity Building
  • Innovation, R&D, Entrepreneurship
  • Democratic Values and the Media
  • Public Policy and Institutional Partnership
  • Regional Development, Environment and Tourism
  • Social Development


  • Projects must develop meaningful cooperation and active participation of organizations from at least 3 V4 countries
  • Bilateral 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 and focusing on a local issue
  • Maximum duration of project implementation is 18 months
  • Grants can cover up to 100% of project budget with 15% for overheads
  • Projects must address at least one of the objectives of the grant program´s seven focus areas

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