Q: My organization is from one of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) or Western Balkan (WB6) countries. What partnership criteria does my project need to fulfil?

A: If you are an organization from the EaP or WB6 countries applying as a lead applicant, you have two options:

Option 1: Your project must involve at least three organizations from three different V4 countries (“1xEaP/WB6 + 3xV4” rule).

Option 2: Your project must involve at least two organizations from two different V4 countries AND one additional partner from an EaP or WB6 country different than that of the applicant (“2xEaP/WB6 + 2xV4” rule).

Examples of possible combinations: 

  • Czechia & Slovakia + Armenia & Moldova
  • Slovakia & Poland + Serbia & North Macedonia
  • Poland & Hungary + Albania & Georgia
  • Hungary & Czechia + Azerbaijan & Bosnia and Herzegovina


Q: I already have an existing account in the Fund’s online application system. Can I use it for creating a new application?

A: Yes. To create a new application with an already existing account:

  • Go to the homepage (http://my.visegradfund.org) without logging in.
  • Under registration, select the program that you want to apply for and register again using the e-mail address and password belonging to your existing account.
  • Fill out the data of your organization and click on the Register button.

Q: Can I submit more than one application at the same time?

A: You can submit one project application for each deadline. Please note that if you submit more than one applications, we will only consider the first submitted one. Any further applications will automatically be disregarded.

Should your application be approved in a grant scheme (e.g. Visegrad Grants), you will not be able to submit another project until the previous one is fully concluded. It is, however, possible to apply for another project in a different grant scheme (e.g. Visegrad+ Grant) for another deadline.

Q: What is the maximum size of a grant?

A: Although Visegrad, Visegrad+ and Strategic Grants have no strict limitation for the size of the financial support you can apply for, our average project budget does not exceed €30.000. Each submitted proposal is evaluated on its merit, taking into account the potential outreach and impact of the project, the elaboration of the grant budget in the "Outputs" section and adherence to the "value-for-money" principle.

In order to get an estimate of the average size of our grants, check out our previously approved projects here.

Q: Can I consult my project with someone from the Fund?

A: Consulting your project proposal is possible via e-mail, phone, or online and in-person meetings based on appointments. A maximum of two consultations can be provided per project idea. The consultations will be based on draft project proposals that must be sent to the Fund's employee providing the consultation ahead of time. We recommend that the project idea is already in a more developed stage when requesting a consultation. The draft proposal should include the following: the main goal of the project with a proposed solution, the planned activities, the list of project partners, target groups, and the estimated budget.

Any consultation can take place no later than 14 days before the given application deadline. Please do not wait to book your consultation until the last moment and request a consultation in advance.

If your questions are directed at the basic conditions of our grant programs, please check our Grant Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions section or join one of our online webinars/info sessions. If you can't find answers to your questions, please contact us by email or phone.

Q: How and where can I apply?

A: Project proposals are only accepted electronically through the Fund’s online application system (http://my.visegradfund.org), which opens 30 days before each deadline. Registering your application is possible only with a valid e-mail address. Each application is password-protected, and can be accessed and edited later.

Our application system is fully electronic and therefore we require no printouts or hard copies of the application form. Please note that the Fund will not accept nor evaluate any external documents, attachments, official letters sent to us via e-mail or regular post.

Q: When is the deadline for project application?

A: Proposals for Visegrad Grants, Visegrad+ Grants or Visegrad Strategic Grants are accepted regularly three times per year, always by February 1, June 1 and October 1. Applications must be submitted 12:00 p.m. (noon) CET on the given deadline date.

Q: Can I have two parallel projects?

A: A grantee can have a maximum of two running projects at the same time, in different grant schemes (e.g. applicants having a running Visegrad Grant may apply for Visegrad+ Grants or Strategic Grants.)

Q: I have a running project. Can I apply with a new one?

A: Organizations with running projects cannot reapply in the same grant program with another project until the previous one is concluded (officially closed by your assigned project manager). It is, however, possible to be a partner in any number of projects.

Faculties of universities, institutes, or organizational units of academical, artistic, social, educational, cultural, research and/or science organizations can be exempt from this rule if a different organizational unit applies (e.g. the university has a running project managed by the Faculty of Arts and the new application is submitted by the Faculty of Economics). Please note that this exemption is valid only if the applicant can, according to their own internal rules, apply for funding independently.

The new application will be accepted only if the organizational unit is correctly entered when filling out the application form (section “Organizational unit”).

Q: Are there any topics of projects that are excluded from eligibility?

A: No preference is given based on the project content as long as the project is in line with the Fund’s main mission, objectives and the Grant rules (see also the Fund's official website).

Q: What Countries are included in the Eastern Partnership?

A: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

Q: What countries are included in the Western Balkan region?

A: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia

Q: Which are the Visegrad countries?

A: Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia

Q: What is a Visegrad+ Grant?

A: Visegrad+ Grants support projects which contribute to the democratization and transformation processes in non-EU member states of the Western Balkans (WB6) and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. Projects can address one of our regular objectives. Visegrad+ Grants should be implemented in the Eastern Partnership or Western Balkans region, or have a strong impact on local communities in at least one of those countries.

Please note that simply having a project partner/applicant from the EaP or WB6 region does not automatically make an application qualify for a Visegrad+ Grant! However, applications submitted by entities from one of the WB6 or EaP countries will automatically be considered as Visegrad+ Grant applications.

 Conditions for applying:

Projects must develop meaningful cooperation and ensure the active involvement of at least 3 V4 partners and 1 entity from the Eastern Partnershio region or the Western Balkan countries OR, if the applicant’s country of origin is one of the EaP or WB6 countries, at least 2 V4 partners and 2 entities from different EaP or WB6 countries.

 The maximum duration of project implementation is 18 months.

Q: What is a Strategic Grant?

A: Strategic Grants support projects addressing the annual strategic priorities of the Visegrad Group. These priorities are announced on a yearly basis by the V4 country holding the rotating presidency over the group.

Please note that Strategic Grants have a different set of conditions than our other grant programs:

A strong partnership involving at least 1 organization from each V4 country (full V4 participation).

An implementation period of min. 12, max. 36 months.

Projects must clearly address one of the annual strategic priorities of the Visegrad Group, available on our website.

Please keep in mind that projects applying with objectives marked as “(Strategic)” in our application system will be evaluated based on the rules applying for Strategic Grants. Should your application not comply with these criteria, the application will be automatically considered non-eligible.

Q: What is a bilateral cross-border cooperation? Who is eligible to apply?

A: Bilateral cross-border cooperation is a sub-type of the Visegrad Grants, involving at least 2 organizations from two neighboring V4 countries. Here the “3xV4” rule does not apply; you can implement your project with another partner from the other side of the border if your proposal addresses a specific geographical area and a local issue/problem. If the project addresses a general issue, this problem should be tackled and addressed while taking the local context into consideration and from a local perspective. Consequently, all project activities within cross-border projects should take place within approximately 40 km from the state border, preferably on both sides (the grantee’s and project partner’s official seats do not necessarily have to be located within the 40 km limit).

Keep in mind that projects applying as cross-border cooperation (by ticking the field in our application system) will be evaluated based on the rules applying for this project type. Should your application not comply with these criteria, the application will be automatically considered non-eligible.

Please note that only the following partner combinations are possible:

Polish and Czech partnership

Czech and Slovak partnership

Hungarian and Slovak partnership

Slovak and Polish partnership.

Q: What is a Visegrad Grant?

A: Visegrad grants support regional partnerships among civil society organizations, public institutions and municipalities, private companies and non-profit organizations as well as education and research centers that contribute to cooperation in the Visegrad region.

Conditions for applying:

Projects must develop meaningful cooperation and active participation of organizations from at least three V4 countries.

Projects must address at least one of the objectives of the grant program´s seven focus areas.

Maximum duration of project implementation is 18 months.

Q: Who can be project partners? What is the role of the partners in the project? What does a good consortium of partners look like?

A: Any non-governmental legal entity from any country can be an official partner. As a general rule, however, all projects supported by the Fund must have at least three organizations from three different V4 countries in the consortium. You are, however, encouraged to seek full V4 participation or give reasons if not including all four countries. Logically, if the applicant has its seat in the V4, only two more partners are required (e.g. the applicant is a Polish organization, the partners are from Czechia and Hungary). If applying from outside the V4, however, make sure that you fulfil the condition of having three V4 partners. We recommend having the whole Visegrad region covered in the partnership and, therefore, proposals with a full V4 consortium will have preference.

From 2024, applicants whose country of origin is one of the EaP or WB6 countries enjoy an exception from the rule stated above. For such projects, the applicant has the option to either follow the “3xV4” rule as described above or create a consortium including at least two partner organizations from two different V4 countries and one additional partner from an EaP or WB6 country different than that of the applicant (“2xV4 + 2x EaP/WB6” rule).

The selection of relevant partners is fundamental for a successful project bid. In principle, all partners within the consortium should have experience in the area your project is dealing with and show commitment to joint action. To show the benefits of working as a consortium, you need to describe the role of each partner in the application and the specific tasks that they will carry out.

Please note that the role of the partners cannot be limited to simple logistical help or participation in project events. We expect our applicants and their partners to actively work together throughout the project’s implementation and share their skills and know-how for the benefit of the whole region.

Bilateral cross-border projects are an exception from the “3xV4” rule but only in proposals that directly benefit a specific border area between two neighbouring V4 countries (see section 1.10). Exceptions may also apply in cases when projects respond to concrete calls for proposals published by the Fund.

Q: Who is not eligible for our grants?

A: Natural persons (individual citizens) or institutions of state administration (ministries, government agencies, regulatory agencies, embassies, state-funded cultural institutes, etc.) can neither apply nor be valid project partners.

Private entrepreneurs are not eligible to apply or be partners.

Q: Who can apply?

A: Any non-governmental, legal entity from any country can apply for support, if they fulfil the partnership criteria. Our main targets are civil society organizations (CSOs), public educational, cultural, research and scientific institutions, municipalities and local governments, but market actors, e.g. companies – especially innovation and startup-related ones – are also eligible, if their project is of non-profit character.