Q: Can I consult my project with someone from the Fund?
A: Consulting your project proposal with the Fund’s staff is possible via e-mail, phone, Skype or personal meeting, on an appointment basis. Consultations can take place up to 14 days before the given application deadline.
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.
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.
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 IVF 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 (WB) and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. Projects can address one of the specific objectives marked by the EaP or WB, or choose one from our regular ones. 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.
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.
Q: What is a cross-border cooperation? Who is eligible to apply?
A: 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. 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).
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.
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 IVF-funded projects must have at least three organizations from three different V4 countries in the consortium. 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.
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.