What are the EEA Funds for Non-Governmental Organisations?


Strengthened civil society development and enhanced contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.

Which countries  are included?

In the  2009-2014 period, around ˆ146 million was set aside  to support NGO Programmes in all 15 beneficiary states: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal,  Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia  and Spain.

What are the priority areas?

  • Democracy,  Equality and Human Rights
  • Social Inequalities and Services
  • Environment and Climate Change

At least 10%  of the  total  programme allocation  shall be allo cated to children or youth  driven activities targeting children and youth.

Key Activities

The NGO Programmes Channel Funding is there to support activities such as fostering active citizenship,  advocacy,  watchdog and monitoring activities,  promoting multi-cultural dialogue and awareness raising. Provision of basic services to vulnerable groups is also considered.

A specific emphasis is placed  on capacity building of the  NGO sector itself. Partnerships between NGOs in donor  and beneficiary countries are encouraged.

Malta NGO Programme 2013-2016

Who is Operating the NGO Programme in Malta?

SOS Malta has been appointed Fund Operator for the  NGO Programme Malta. SOS Malta is a registered Voluntary Organisation (No. 033). SOS Malta works  with local and international organisations to assist socially disadvantaged groups in improving  their quality of life. SOS Malta is built upon 4 pillars: Overseas Development; Social Integration; Research and Training; Volunteering.

What is the objective of the NGO Programme in Malta?

The objective  of the  programme is to strengthen civil society  development and enhance its contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development in Malta.

The programme will contribute to achieving 4 concrete outcomes related to the EEA Programme.

  • Democratic  values,  including human rights, promoted
  • Developed networks  and coalitions of NGOs working  in partnership
  • Increased contribution to sustainable development achieved
  • Strengthened capacity of NGOs and an enabling environment for the sector  promoted.

How will the NGO Programme in Malta be implemented?

The NGO Programme in Malta will be organised into 2 Priority Axes:

1. Strengthening of civil society platforms and networks in Malta for the  effective representation of civil society  organisations at local and national  level.

2.  Thematic calls for proposals for Individual NGOs covering the  4 key thematic areas.

Priority Axis 1

  • Strengthening civil society through the  development and consolidation  of NGO Networks and platforms and the improvement of their advocacy and representation activities.

Project duration: between 12 and 36 months;

Project financing: between ˆ20,000 and ˆ50,000

Priority Axis 2

  • Social and Human Rights Projects including the  following thematic areas: human rights and anti-discrimination, in particular issues  related to migration (racism  and xenophobia); addressing gender equality; tackling social inequality, poverty and exclusion,  in particular for at risk young  people,  people living with disability and those suffering from domestic violence.

Project duration: between 12 and 36 months;

Project financing: between ˆ10,000 and ˆ25,000

  • Environment and climate change  related projects focusing  on the specific needs of Malta.

Project duration: between 12 and 36 months;

Project financing: between ˆ10,000 and ˆ19,925

Over the  course of the programme 2 calls for proposals will be released covering these priority axes.

Who is eligible to apply?

Within this programme, only non- governmental organisations are eligible for support within the programme if they are established in the  Republic of Malta and meet  the following definition:

“A non-profit voluntary organisation established as a legal entity, having a non-commercial purpose, independent of local, regional and central government, public entities,  political parties and commercial organisations. Religious and political parties are not considered NGOs’.

For the  purpose of this fund, all beneficiaries must be registered Voluntary Organisations with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations.

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