Two new programmes in Romania and Latvia have been approved since the beginning of the year, bringing the total to 61 approved programmes under the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014.
Once the programmes are approved by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, the three donor states, programme operators can launch open calls for project proposals.
  • All open calls are published on the Grants’ website.
  • Projects may be implemented until 2016.
  • Bilateral partnerships between entities from beneficiary and donor countries, promoted at both programme and project level, are actively encouraged by the Grants.
Romania – strengthening civil society
With €30 million allocated to support Romania’s non-governmental organisations, the first programme approved this year aims to strengthen the country’s civil society and enhance its contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.
At least 10% of the programme allocation is dedicated to supporting children and youth, and a further 20% targets vulnerable groups and the specific needs of minorities with a special focus on the Roma. The programme also supports activities promoting gender equality and combating gender-based violence in Romania.
Latvia – research and scholarships and climate change
Latvia’s research and scholarships programme is the second one approved in 2013. The programme, developed in partnership with two donor programme partners (DPPs), the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) and the Research Council of Norway (NFR), has been allocated €5.5 million.
Other programmes which have been approved over the last month are in areas such as integrated marine and inland water management, energy efficiency and renewable energy, scholarships, children and youth at risk, and adaptation to climate change.
A €10.4 million programme supports Latvia’s national climate policy in partnership with the Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency. The programme supports Latvia’s efforts to develop a comprehensive climate policy.
Hungary – civil society
Also in Hungary, a €12.6 million NGO programme aiming to bolster civil society development has been approved by the donor states. As in Romania, the Hungarian NGO programme finances a wide range of activities, including support to children and youth, gender issues and the Roma.
Estonia – water management and scholarship
In Estonia, the integrated marine and inland water management programme has been allocated €6.9 million in grants. Implemented in partnership with the Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency (KLIF), the donor programme partner (DPP), the programme also finances activities related to environmental monitoring and integrated planning and control, as well as Estonia’s adaptation to climate change.
Scholarships in Estonia have been allocated a further €1.6 million. The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU), Liechtenstein’s National Agency for International Education Affairs (AIBA), and the Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS) are the donor programme partners.
Bulgaria - energy efficiency and renewable energy
In Bulgaria, the energy efficiency and renewable energy programme has been allocated €13.3 million. Aiming to make the country’s energy sources more diverse and efficient, the programme is developed in partnership with the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Administration.
Lithuania – children and youth
Lithuania’s children and youth at risk are supported by €6.3 million in grants. The programme aims to promote children’s rights and improve the well-being of children and young people at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation.