What We Look For
We seek organizations that aim to share knowledge, enhance innovation and engage citizens in the Visegrad region and across Central and Eastern Europe. We want to partner with those that can make a difference—no matter if you are a small civic group focused on the local community, or an experienced, nation-wide organization.
Mission-driven & AwareYour organization´s project should be based on your core mission and reflect on common regional challenges.
Open & CooperativeYou should be open to leave your bubble and join efforts with actors of diverse backgrounds and complementary skills to benefit those outside of your everyday reach.
Goal-orientedYou should be committed to achieving results that are justifiable and contribute to our objectives.
What We Support
We provide funding to a diverse range of activities in all areas of life. From small cross-border projects that strive to improve mutual understanding in the border areas to multilateral initiatives with potential to benefit people across the whole region.
Culture & Common IdentityWe support projects that strengthen regional and European identity through common cultural initiatives in Visegrad region.
Education & Capacity BuildingWe support projects that raise the Central and Eastern Europe region´s competitiveness through improved skills of citizens.
Innovation, R&D, EntrepreneurshipWe support projects that improve the environment for innovation and joint R&D projects and advancement of regional cohesion in economic development.
Democratic Values & MediaWe support projects that advance democratic values, support human rights and minorities, contribute to development of civil society, strengthen media freedom and access to information.
Public Policy & Institutional PartnershipWe support projects that contribute to good governance and improve the effectiveness of public policymaking in the regional context.
Regional Development, Environment, TourismWe support projects that advance strategies for environmentally sustainable regional development and tourism.
Social DevelopmentWe support projects that strengthen an inclusive society and solidarity in the region.
We apply five basic criteria to assess the quality of project proposals. In addition, we also consider the relative strength of the application compared to other applications received for the same focus area and geographical balance of the supported projects. The evaluation of applications is advisory and not of a decision-making nature. The decisions on support are made by the Council of Ambassadors.
Project relevanceWe assess the compliance of the project with the aims of the Fund. We also evaluate how clearly the applicant explains the context of the project and how the project responds to the given context or relates to relevant environment. The context should be based on exact data.
Visegrad substanceWe assess the regional added value of the project in terms of the collaboration of project partners and how much regional cooperation contributes to achieving the project objectives. We also look at geographical scope of project activities and how much it promotes regional cooperation.
Quality & ImpactWe assess the quality of the project in terms of the relevance of the proposed outcome as well as its potential to achieve it by linking relevant actors, project outputs and the target groups. We distinguish between 4 levels of impact. The lowest possible impact is achieved when providing a direct service. In practice, it means that you organize an event or publish a book according to your project proposal and the listed target groups participate in the event or read the book. The second level is achieved when your target group changes their behavior or acquires a new skill thanks to your project. Following the example above, the participants of an event did not only attend passively, but left with a new way of thinking about the subject and a will act upon it. Changing the framework is the third level of impact. It means that your project managed to bring about a change in the legal or social environment of your target group. The highest possible level of impact is the change of the perception of the issue that you are dealing with. This is when a problem becomes a solution. Achieving such a change requires a long time, persistence and enormous hard work. We understand that you will not achieve it with one project supported by the Fund. However, we appreciate if your organization is driven by this level of impact and your project proposal is contributing to getting closer to its achievement.
Transparency & AccuracyWe assess the value for money for each project proposal and how is the funding requested adequate for the scale of the project and of accurate value for the outcomes to be delivered.
Experience & MissionWe assess the experience of all partners in project consortium and how the project relates to their overall mission.
How To Apply?
Visegrad Fund awards grants three times a year via three different grant programs. Check application deadlines, create your electronic application and apply online.
DeadlinesThere are three regular calls for applications open 30 days before the deadlines of submission on 1 February, 1 June, 1 October. It is not possible to apply for funding outside of this period. Consulting your project proposal is possible only by appointment and no later than 14 days before the submission period. You can expect the results to be announced 60 days after the deadline.
ApplicationsNo matter where your organization is from, you can apply for grants if your project develops active cooperation with organizations from at least 3 Visegrad countries. Only a single project application per applicant can be submitted at a time, but you can re-apply once all your previous projects financed by the Fund have been concluded.
ConditionsSpecific conditions apply for each of the three grant programs. Find the right grant program for your project via Grant Finder.
Find the right grant program for your project.