NGO Programme Fund Operator for European Economic Area (EEA)/Norway Grants

NGO Programme Fund Operator for European Economic Area (EEA)/Norway Grants

Source of funding

Financial Mechanism (Norway | Iceland | Liechtenstein)

Name of client/donor

EEA and Norway Grants Financial Mechanism Office

Overall project value

EUR 281,250


February 2013 – April 2017

Beneficiary countries


Number of staff


The EEA Grants and Norway Grants is the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe. A specific programme area within the EEA Financial Mechanism was earmarked to provide flexible and accessible funding to eligible NGOs, with the aim of fostering an enabling environment for the sector, strengthening its capacity and enhancing its contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development. REC Slovenia was the lead partner of the consortium selected by the Financial Mechanism Office as fund operator for the NGO Programme, with the task of developing and managing the NGO Programme in Slovenia on its behalf.

The goal of the NGO Programme was to strengthen civil society by supporting large, medium and small projects in the field of human rights; democracy; social equality; the empowerment of vulnerable groups; environmental protection; and the provision of welfare and social services. The specific goals of REC Slovenia, as fund operator, were to:

  • promote the programme;
  • collect applications in response to the calls for proposals;
  • undertake the formal and technical evaluation of submitted proposals;
  • prepare documents for the final selection of projects in order to enable the Evaluation Committee to propose grants for Slovenian NGOs; and
  • ensure the monitoring and evaluation of the awarded grants.

The total amount of funding available for the NGO Programme in Slovenia was EUR 1,875,000, of which EUR 1,593,50 were dedicated to the fund for NGO projects. Two calls for proposals were issued: one for small projects (EUR 10,000–20,000); and one for medium (EUR 20,001–60,000) and large (EUR 60,001–120,000) projects. In response to the first call for proposals, a total of 365 applications were received and 15 project promoters were selected (8 for medium-sized projects and 7 for large projects). In the second call for proposals a total of 246 applications were received and 18 project promoters were selected.

Project activities included:

  • organising information seminars and workshops;
  • visiting projects and writing monitoring reports;
  • compiling the final evaluation report; and
  • organising awareness-raising events.

As a result of these activities, active citizenship was fostered; cross-sectoral partnerships were developed, particularly with government organisations at local, regional and national level; advocacy and watchdogging were promoted; and networks and coalitions of NGOs were created.

  • Event organisation
  • Information dissemination
  • Drafting reports
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Awareness raising