The objectives of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 are to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and to strengthen the bilateral relations between the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the beneficiary states by financing five priority areas:
- Innovation, research, education and competitiveness
- Social inclusion, youth employment and poverty reduction
- Environment, energy, climate changes and an economy with low carbon emissions
- Culture, civil society, good governance and fundamental rights and
- Justice and home affairs
The minimum value of the grant that can be requested for the implementation of a project is 300,000 euros and the maximum one is 1,000,000 euros.
The Active Citizens Fund* is a specific programme area within the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The objective of the Active Citizens Fund is: “Civil society and active citizenship strengthened, and vulnerable groups empowered”. The Programme will seek to develop the long-term sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector , strengthening its role in promoting democratic participation, active citizenship and human rights, and empowerment of vulnerable groups . *The Programme shall be based on the common values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.
Small grants are available between EUR 10,000 to 20,000 and the duration of the projects must be between 12 to 18 months .
Altogether EUR 250,000 is available for small capacity building grants under the current call for proposals.
Active Citizens Fund priority areas of support are:
- Democracy, active citizenship, good governance and transparency,
- Human rights and equal treatment through combating any discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity,
- Social justice and inclusion of vulnerable groups,
- Gender equality and gender-based violence,
- Environment and climate change.