1. How much money was distributed in the Programme Period 2009 – 2014?
A total of 131.8 million EUR was allocated to the Czech Republic from the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014. Almost 100 % of the funds dedicated to individual open calls were allocated to specific projects. In fact in total 91 % of allocated funds was used.
2. When will the new programme period begin?
The third period of the EEA and Norway Grants in the Czech Republic was already ceremoniously started by signing the Memorandum of Understanding in Prague on 4 September 2017.
3. When do you expect that new applications for financial support in the new period can be filed?
At the present time all programs are currently being prepared and these programs must also be approved by donors. The first calls will be announced in the first half of 2019. Only programme Education has been already approved by donors and the Programme Agreement was already signed on 21 November 2018.
4. Is it possible to receive any funds already now?
At present, it is not possible to submit a project application in any programme. However, the first open call for the submission of grant applications from the Fund for bilateral relations was announced by the National Focal Point. More information can be found here.
5. Which areas will be supported?
Supported will be projects focusing primarily on research and innovation, environmental protection, cultural heritage, public health, education and cooperation in justice. Compared to the previous period the more emphasis will be put on human rights, Roma inclusion and the development of civil society. The new period also offers great possibilities for bilateral projects.
6. Is it necessary to submit the project in partnership with institutions from the donor state?
Yes, Fund for bilateral relations will support the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between entities from the Czech Republic and institutions from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The total allocation of the Fund is 2 % of the funds dedicated to the Czech Republic for the period 2014-2021, i.e. approximately CZK 96 million. Part of the allocation will be dedicated to financing of bilateral activities at programme level, the remaining funds will be allocated to support pre-defined activities and initiatives approved under open calls. Announcement of calls together with relevant manuals and other necessary information will be posted on time on this websites.
7. Is it necessary to interlink the programme with a partner from the country supporting the project?
The project does not necessarily need to have a foreign partner. The quality evaluation criteria were published as part of each call. A partnership in a project with donor countries was rated depending on its scope in each call a little differently (max. several points of a hundred points available), but in this respect, the partnership project had a slight advantage.
8. Why do countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) contribute financially to the Czech Republic and other European countries?
Countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), namely Liechtenstein, Iceland and especially Norway, have so-called "affiliated" relation with the European Union (EU) through the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement and other treaties. In practice it means that these countries are not EU Member States but have access to the single European market, basically applying them to the four fundamental freedoms of the EU (free movement of goods, persons, services and capital). At the same time these countries preserve the right to protect their own interests, it means to adopt only specific parts of EU legislation into its legal systems. For this specific relationship with the EU and on the basis of contracting agreements with the EU, these countries in a long-term basis contribute to the EEA Financial Mechanism (the so-called EEA Grants) and to the separate Norwegian Financial Mechanism (the so-called Norway Grants) currently used by 15 EU Member States from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe.