The aim of the Visegrad Strategic Program (Strategic Grants) is to support long-term projects of strategic character that link institutions of all four Visegrad Group countries. The projects must adhere to at least one of the priorities defined by the Conference of Ministers for the given year (see below). The priorities adhere to the priorities of the given Presidency of the Visegrad Group.
Deadline for submission:
|Deadline (electronic submission)||12:00 a.m. (noon), April 15, 2013|
|Deadline (hard-copy + enclosures)||posted on April 15, 2013 or delivered in person by 16:30 on the deadline date|
Budget and time frame:
|Max. time frame||36 months|
|Max. budget||unlimited (average ca. €40,000—see approved projects)|
|Co-financing||30% (the Fund covers max. 70% project costs)|
|Overheads covered||10% (see Guidelines)|
|Tangible/intangible assets covered||7% (see Guidelines)|
Note: Potential applicants are strongly advised to consult the Fund prior to (and in sufficient enough advance to) the submission of the application. The Fund cannot, however, judge the content of prospective projects; advice can only be given in regard to formal criteria and technical details such as budget structure, project time frame, etc.
Visegrad cooperation and the current challenges in the European integration process—their impact on the V4
|Support for projects that relate to the V4 countries’ cooperation in both—the ongoing EU political and legal integration (i.e., institutional reforms, the future of the common currency, the extend border-free zone, etc.), as well as in the economic integration (i.e., fiscal and banking union, the EU’s coordination of economic policies, common initiatives for economic growth, the development of the single market etc.). Since all these developments are essential for the region’s future, projects dealing with their impact on the V4 region are also welcomed.|
Raising public awareness of the Visegrad cooperation in the public opinion of the V4 countries—support for civil society contacts
|Support for projects which bring into focus Visegrad Group’s capacity building aspect and lead to increased involvement of civil society actors in the V4 cooperation and which aim at raising public awareness of V4 cooperation. Increasing the visibility of the Visegrad Group’s accomplishments among citizens, especially the young generation, whose involvement and support is an important condition of a cohesive region should be of particular concern. There is also a need to accentuate support for mutual understanding and cooperation between V4 citizens. Highlighting accomplishments in the V4 especially those particularly innovative and creative should help the promotion of the Group and encourage the establishment of more long-term partnerships between civil society actors in the V4 as well as broaden the number of entities /communities engaged in the V4 cooperation (further diversifying future applicants of IVF grants).|
|Support for projects dedicated to the integration of marginalized groups living in the V4 and the surrounding countries to the major societies. Such initiatives are to be supported primarily which seek to contribute to the combating with the stereotypes and dismantling of prejudices against the selected target group, help the empowerment of such communities, assist the change of the general and many times negative attitude of the major society, strengthen the policy dialogue while compile policy recommendations to the decision makers, encourage the exchange of best practices among the respective V4 partners and actors, as well as identify practical and complex solutions to their real needs. Particular attention will be paid to any activities related to the promotion of Roma integration in our region.|