Norway Grants together with the EEA Grants represent Norway’s contribution to reducing social and economic disparities in Europe. The EEA and Norway Grants are linked to the EEA Agreement which entered into force in 1994. This agreement gives Norway access to the internal market in the EU.
For the period 2009-2014, Norway’s contribution is €1.7 billion. 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 Norwegian entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016.
Key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.
“RO 25 – Poverty Alleviation” programme contributes to reducing social and economic disparities in Romania. It focuses on the most vulnerable and priorities early childhood education and development to thus break the vicious circle of poverty. The programme is funded by the Norwegian people through the Norway Grants.
Programme Area: Local and Regional Initiatives to Reduce National Inequalities and to Promote Social Inclusion
General objective: Strengthened social and economic cohesion at national, regional and local levels
Specific objective: Contributing to closing the gap between the most deprived and the rest of the society in Romania, also through bilateral cooperation with key stakeholders from Norway and with strategic international partners to the Norway Grants.
Budget: € 20,000,000
More details on Norway Grants webpage: http://norwaygrants-povertyalleviation.org/index.php?page=about-the-programme