Through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with the beneficiary countries in Europe. The three countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).
For the period 2009-14, the EEA Grants and Norway Grants amount to €1.79 billion. Norway contributes around 97% of the total funding. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with donor state entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016.
EEA Grants key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.
For the period 2009-2014, an allocation of €3.85M is available for Cyprus through the EEA Grants. Of this amount, an allocation of approximately €1.3M is available for funding to Non-Governmental Organisations through the NGO Fund.
The objective of
the NGO Fund is to strengthen civil society development and enhance contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development in the Republic of Cyprus by providing financing to NGO
projects in selected areas of support.
A minimum 30% of the funding is made available for bi-communal projects that would benefit both communities within the priority areas, with a view to encouraging bi-communal contacts and a minimum of 10% of the funding is made available for children and youth driven organisations and/ or activities targeting children and youth.
Donor States’ horizontal concerns related to hate speech, extremism – hate crime, racism and xenophobia, homophobia, anti-Semitism, tolerance/multicultural understanding, sexual harassment, violence against women and trafficking should also be addressed through the Fund.