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The European Economic Area Grants and Norway Grants is the contribution of Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe (12 newer EU member states and Greece, Portugal, Spain).

Support to civil society
 is one of the key priorities of the EEA and Norway Grants, with NGO Programmes established in all 15 beneficiary countries. The programmes aim to strengthen the development of civil society and enhance its contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.

The NGO Programme Lithuania, funded by EEA Grants, is thematically focused on human rights and aims to build capacity of non-governmental organisations.

Overall objective of the NGO Programme Lithuania is 
strengthened civil society development and enhanced contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development; and strengthened bilateral relationship between Lithuania and the Donor States – Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

The first Open Call for applications will be announced on 18 March 2013. The second Open Call for applications will be announced in March 2014.

The funding available for the 1st call is EUR 2 490 888 or LTL 8 593 564 (total funding throughout the Programme: EUR 4 640 664 or LTL 16 023 284), including EUR 134 000 (LTL 462 675) for the Fund for Bilateral Relations. The Programme can provide up to 90 per cent of the eligible cost of the project. The applicant shall provide or obtain the remaining co-financing in the form of cash or in-kind contribution as voluntary work. The in-kind contribution may constitute up to 50% of the co-financing required.

Eligible applicants are NGOs. For the intents and purposes of the Programme, NGO refers to a non-profit voluntary organisation established as a legal entity in the Republic of Lithuania, having a non-commercial purpose, independent of local, regional and central government, public entities, political parties and commercial organisations. Religious institutions and political parties are not considered NGOs.

NGO Programme in Lithuania has the following areas of support:

1. Democracy and good governance support area will include promotion of democratic values, including enhancement of participatory democracy and active citizenship on the whole, as well as promotion of good governance, access to information and transparency.
2. Human rights support area will include promotion and protection of civil and political rights and freedoms and combating discrimination on all grounds (ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, etc.).
3. Vulnerable groups support area will include provision of welfare and basic services to vulnerable groups, where such services are not otherwise or not adequately provided by governmental institutions; also strengthening of membership-based NGOs representing these vulnerable groups. Under the framework of this Programme the target groups constituting vulnerable groups will be defined as: 

  • children and youth at risk
  • people affected by HIV/AIDS
  • children with disabilities and/or mental disorders and their families
  • victims of trafficking and gender‐based violence and/or domestic violence

Additional area of support:

4. Protection of the environment and climate change – support to NGOs working in the field of environment protection, climate change and sustainable development.

Within the areas of support and considering the overall goal regarding bilateral relations, the following outcomes have to be achieved: 

  • Active citizenship fostered*
  • Increased involvement of NGOs in policy and decision-making processes with local, regional and national governments*
  • Democratic values, including human rights, promoted*
  • Advocacy and watchdog role developed
  • Developed networks and coalitions of NGOs working in partnership
  • Strengthened capacity of NGOs and an enabling environment for the sector promoted
  • Provision of welfare and basic services to defined target groups increased
  • Empowerment of vulnerable groups

Outcomes for bilateral relations: 

  • Increased cooperation
  • Shared results
  • Improved knowledge and mutual understanding  

*In addition, activities targeting development of cooperation with municipalities to address the issues of domestic and gender-based violence as well as cooperation with civil society in Belarus are eligible under relevant outputs.

Horizontal concerns of the Programme must be addressed under all relevant outcomes to the maximum extent. Horizontal concerns include:

  • hate speech, hate crimes and extremism,
  • racism and xenophobia,
  • homophobia,
  • anti-Semitism,
  • Roma discrimination,
  • sexual harassment,
  • violence against women and domestic violence,
  • trafficking in persons,
  • tolerance and multicultural understanding.

At least 10% of the total allocation for each area of intervention will be allocated to children- and youth-driven organisations and/or activities targeting children and youth.

 Within the areas of support, the following results need to be achieved:

Outcome No1: Active Citizenship Fostered
Area of support: Democracy and good governance
Output 1: Volunteering promoted
Output 2: Number of local communities mobilized for active citizenship and their participatory role strengthened on the grass root level
Outcome No2: Increased Involvement of NGOs in Policy and Decision-making Processes with Local, Regional and National Governments
Area of support: Democracy and good governance
Area of support: Human rights
Additional area of support: Protection of the environment and climate change
Output 1: Trainings on advocacy provided for NGOs
Output 2: NGO involvement in policy and decision-making processes related to human rights, including hate speech, racism and xenophobia, homophobia, anti-semitism, multicultural understanding, Roma inclusion, gender equality and domestic violence
Outcome No3: Democratic Values, Including Human Rights, Promoted
Area of support: Human rights
Output 1: Number of awareness raising campaigns on human rights implemented, including anti-Semitism, xenophobia, homophobia, racism, with a special focus on hate speech
Output 2: NGO/Media partnerships built in human rights and environment protection area
Output 3: Cross-border cooperation contributing to building democracy and protecting human rights in Belarus increased
Outcome No 4: Advocacy and Watchdog Role Developed
Area of support: Human rights
Output 1: Advocacy campaigns on crucial human rights issues implemented, including on mental disability and other extremely stigmatized groups, e.g. Roma, LGBT, etc
Output 2: Trainings provided for civil society on watchdog and monitoring activities, and on legal advocacy including alternative reporting and strategic litigation
Output 3: Number of legislative/policy initiatives addressed by NGOs, including on gender equality, Roma inclusion, LGBT, environment protection, NGO legal/fiscal environment
Outcome No5: Developed Networks and Coalitions of NGOs Working in Partnership
All areas of support
Output 1: Trainings on coalition building provided, involving small/grassroot NGOs and local NGOs
Output 2: Coalitions and networks of human rights NGOs, including environment protection, developed/sustainability increased
Outcome No6: Strengthened Capacity of NGOs and an Enabling Environment for the Sector Promoted
All areas of support
Output 1: NGO accountability and integrity standards created and trainings for NGOs provided
Output 2: Capacity building seminars, including on results based management, for NGOs conducted
Output 3: Public policy NGOs strengthened through support to administrative capacity building, strategic programme planning and diversification of funds
Output 4: National action plan on enabling NGO sector prepared (based on the NGO sector mapping study conducted via Predefined project No 3)
Output 5: Number of legislative initiatives developed/improved addressing legal and fiscal environment for NGOs
Outcome No7: Provision of Welfare and Basic Services to Defined Target Groups Increased
Support area: Vulnerable groups
Output 1: Complex aid mechanism for children at risk and their families,  victims of trafficking, gender‐based violence and/or domestic violence developed in number of municipalities
Output 2:  Key services to people affected by HIV/AIDS (including IDU) provided in number of municipalities
Output 3: Community-based services for children with disabilities and/or mental disorders and their families established in number of municipalities
Outcome No8: Empowerment of Vulnerable Groups
Support area: Vulnerable groups
Output 1: Strengthened governance in membership-based NGOs representing people with mental disability and/or mental disorder and their families
Output 2: NGO/ judiciary and law enforcement institutions joint initiatives on human rights sensitization with special focus on treatment of vulnerable groups
Outcomes for Bilateral relations:
Outcome No1: Increased cooperation
Type 1 results: Extent of cooperation (project partnerships in civil society)
Outcome No2: Shared results
Type 2 results: Shared results (both partners are involved professionally in planning and implementation and can claim credit for achieved results)
Outcome No3: Improved knowledge and mutual understanding
Type 3 results: Knowledge and mutual understanding (articles published in one country about the other partner country)