NGO Block Grant

The NGO Block will support approximately 40 projects with up to maximum CHF 200’000 per project, to implement activities primarily focused on children and youth as well as their family members, related to improving their skills and knowledge on sustainable development.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Strengthening civil society
01.05.2017 - 31.12.2022
CHF 4'800'000

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Background Civil society organisations (CSOs) play an increasingly important role in the Croatian society. Over the past two decades, CSOs have been valuable partners to the state and private sector, carrying out a number of public benefit activities in various areas.
CSOs play an essential role in awareness raising and education on sustainable development and environmental protection. They also contribute to the implementation of national and EU policies and ensure effective monitoring of sustainable development and environment standards in the country.
Croatian CSOs often lack human and financial resources as well as skills for effective policy analysis. Therefore they are not in a position to encourage their citizens to shape public policies and to support them in this activities. With their limited access to funds, they have to focus their activities on a selected group of beneficiaries. Hence, networking among like-minded CSOs is an exigence, valid in Croatia as in Switzerland.

The overall goal is to promote the contribution by CSOs to promote economic and social cohesion by engaging the civil society as important actors of development.
The expected outcomes of the project are:

  • Increased role of civil society organisations in  developing competences of children and youth in the area of sustainable development
  • Strengthened partnerships of civil society organisations, schools and local community actors in raising awareness on sustainable development
Target groups Croatian Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)
  • Preparation of the Call for proposals -Establish selection panel and identify the best projects
  • Provide assistance to the selected CSOs in project preparation and implementation-Contribute to networking among the CSOs

Achieved results:  

by the end of 2018:

  • The call for proposals was developed and launched in 2018.
  • Out of 84 applications, 20 small-scale projects have been selected; three larger-scale projects are under evaluation.
  • Broad participation in Steering Committee assured (selection of members who are very committed to a strong CSO landscape in the country).

Expected results:  

  • 35 - 40 contracts with CSOs signed and projects implemented-Approaches developed for upscaling in future
  • Overview of implemented projects enhances networking among CSOs
  • Awareness among young students about environmental challenges is strengthened

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Implementing partner
Governmental Office for Collaboration with NGOs

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   4'800'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   1'866'717
Project phases Phase 1 01.05.2017 - 31.12.2022   (Current phase)