International Visegrad Fund Inviting NGOs/CSOs for - Visegrad Grants Program

International Visegrad Fund Inviting NGOs/CSOs for - Visegrad Grants Program

International Visegrad Fund is inviting applications for its Visegrad Grants Program 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

  • Increased awareness of cultural diversity and cross-border intercultural dialogue
  • Increased awareness of common heritage, including history and contemporary art
  • Increased promotion of common identity and heritage inside and outside of the V4 region
  • Larger volume of common cultural productions reaching out to new audiences

    Education and Capacity Building

  • Improved hard /soft skills for a better access to labor market, lifelong learning and internship programs
  • Strengthened cooperation among educational institutions
  • Increase in the volume of common formal, informal and non-formal educational tools and teacher training opportunities
  • Increased sharing of best practices in the dialog among decision-making bodies, municipalities, schools and families
    Innovation, R&D, Entrepreneurship
  • Increase in B2B networks with an emphasis on development of SMEs and start-ups
    Improved ecosystem for business and social business development at the regional level
    Development of regional networks/clusters of SMEs, academia, and research institutions with a long-lasting impact
  • Increased science popularization on the regional level with emphasis on youth
  • Increased promotion of joint V4 R&D projects outside of the V4 region
  • Democratic Values and the Media
  • Increased participation of citizens in the democratic system
  • Increased awareness of transparency as a norm in society, professionalization of transparency of justice, fight against corruption
  • Providing a safer environment and capacity-building for whistleblowers, fact-checkers, investigative journalists and other watchdogs
    Increased volume of media coverage in V4 about regionally-relevant topics, increased access to information
  • Improved media and information literacy for increased resilience towards biased reporting, disinformation and propaganda

    Public Policy and Institutional Partnership

  • Increased awareness and active involvement of civil society in policy-making processes with emphasis on youth
  • Increased capacity building of civil servants
  • Creating new approaches to existing regional public challenges
  • Creating common advocacy strategies addressing regional issues
  • Regional Development, Environment, and Tourism
  • Increased number of town/municipality twinning initiatives
  • Increased awareness, education and
    improve regional strategies on environmental protection, climate change and sustainable development
  • Diversification of tourism by increasing the range and quality of regional products and services

    Social Development
  • Promotion of tolerant and inclusive mindset in society, protection of minorities
  • Deepened inter-generational understanding and dialogue
  • Improved regional strategy and policy for demographic and other social and economic challenges
  • Increased awareness and practice of a healthy and active lifestyle and reduction of substance abuse

    Eligibility Criteria
  • Any legal entity worldwide, with preference given to applicants from the V4 countries, can apply for support within the Visegrad Grants.
  • 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.: private entrepreneurs, companies – especially innovation and startup-related actors – with a legal entity are also eligible, but only if their Visegrad project is of nonprofit character.

    Ineligible
  • Institutions of state administration (ministries, government agencies, embassies, state-funded cultural institutes, state-owned companies)
  • Natural persons (individual citizens)
    Private entrepreneurs with/without a legal entity for funding their forprofit activities

    How to Apply
  • Interested applicants must submit their applications online via given website.
  • For more information and grant application details, see; application details, see; International Visegrad Fund Inviting NGOs/CSOs for - Visegrad Grants Program

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