The aim of the Fund for Bilateral Relations is to facilitate and support bilateral cooperation between entities from Estonia and Norway as well as international organisations. The initiatives that will be funded are expected to improve mutual understanding between entities from Estonia and Norway as well as international organisations, provide opportunities for the transfer of knowledge, technology, experience and best practices as well as shared results.
The Norway Grants contribute to strengthening cooperation between Norway and the beneficiary countries.
Strong bilateral relations are characterized by cooperation between institutions and persons at administrative and political level as well as in the private sector, academia and civil society.
The Fund for Bilateral Relations is managed by the Ministry of Social Affairs in cooperation with the Programme Partner.
At the national level, the fund for bilateral relations is managed by the National Focal Point in accordance with a work plan agreed upon by the donors.
50 000 euros have been set aside for the purpose of promoting bilateral relations between Estonia and Norway.
A little less than 2/3 of that sum is reserved for project promoters from the small grant scheme for the specific purpose of promoting bilateral cooperation.
Therefore, support will be given to concrete activities that facilitate networking, exchange, sharing and transfer of knowledge, technology, experience and/or best practices between Estonian and Norwegian as well as international organisations. This includes but is not limited to:
- participation in conferences, seminars, courses, workshops, meetings, study trips, etc. which are held in Norway/or in the country in which the cooperating international organisation operates in;
- organising conferences, seminars, courses, workshops, meetings, etc. in Estonia that act as a means of promoting bilateral relations;
- including Norwegian participants and/or international organisations in conferences, seminars, courses, workshops, meetings, etc. which are held in Estonia.
The total amount of the grant that will be distributed is 30 000 EUR. The maximum amount of support that will be distributed to one applicant is 5 000 EUR. An applicant may submit multiple applications providing the cumulative amount requested does not exceed the set limit of 5 000 EUR.
Support from the Fund for Bilateral Relations is available to all of the organisations that have received funding from the Programme’s small grant scheme.
Applications can be submitted on a continuous basis until 30 September 2015.
Initiatives that have received support from the Fund for Bilateral Relations
- BPW Estonia
Partner: BPW Follonettverket Business and Professional Women
Grant amount: €5000
Support was given for a study trip to Norway. The aim of the study trip is to share good practices and train members of the group as future mentors and collect materials about Lean-In Circles methods to be shared online.
- NGO Oma Tuba (Room of One`s own)
Partner: FETT magazine, Oslo
Grant amount: €3358
Project “A Voice of One’s Own” meeting trip and co-writing with editorial of feminist magazine FETT.