We are launching the Fund for Bilateral Relations for cultural cooperation and political and institutional cooperation as well as smaller scale activities
In order to directly support bilateral cooperation within the EEA and Norway grants 2014 – 2021 framework, special Fund for Bilateral Relations has been set up. This Fund follows very successful financial instrument from the programming period 2009 – 2014, so called bilateral fund on national level, thanks to which dozens of bilateral activities leading to establishment or development of partnerships between Slovak institutions and institutions from Donor states were supported. These activities were focused mainly on skills sharing, examples of good practise and know-how transfer.
The National Focal Point has launched on 1st August 2018 two Calls:
FBR01 – Open Call thematically focused on two areas: cultural cooperation and political and institutional cooperation between Slovakia and Donor States – Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The aim of the Call is to support initiatives with ambition to strengthen bilateral relations, to improve cooperation, common knowledge and understanding between Slovakia and Donor States in selected areas. Funds in the amount of € 180,000 are allocated for the Call. It is possible to apply for a grant to support initiatives that will contribute to the development of bilateral cooperation (such as seminars, workshops, conferences, study trips, studies and data collection, information activities, etc.). The minimum grant amount is € 10,000; the maximum grant amount is € 30,000.
FBRTG01 – Call for smaller scale activities – travel grants. The aim of the Call is to support short-term initiatives in a partner country with a clear bilateral profile focused on strengthening bilateral relations between Slovakia and Donor States. Funds in the amount of € 50,000 are allocated for the Call and it is possible to apply for a contribution to travel costs and per diems for implementation of bilateral initiatives with a maximum contribution of up to € 5,000.