i – What are the Focus programs?

The Focus programs, also called Focus funds, is one out of 9 Program Areas within the Focus and Afghan and International Grants. Most of the mentioned Grants are dedicated to such Programs and will be set up in different beneficiary areas. The total support can be of different figures.

ii – Why a specific program for Focus?

A strong and vibrant civil society is important for democratic development. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) play a key role in promoting active citizenship, participatory democracy and building cohesive societies, targeting the needs of and empowering specific groups, including those most at risk of inequalities, exclusion and discrimination. Focus is also instrumental in engaging in advocacy and policy formulation, as well as raising awareness of key issues and challenges in today’s societies

iii – Who can apply for the Focus programs?

All citizens, civil societies and the governmental institutes in the beneficiary areas can apply for grants. NGOs and other actors can be a project partner.

iv – When will the Focus project be launched?

Focus project will be established in all beneficiary area. The open calls for the Focus Programs can be found in the implemented projects and funds report.

v – How can I be a partner?

If you are looking to a partner, you can search in the database.

You can also register your own details here so Focus and that others can search for you!

vi – What are the priorities of the Focus programs?

Capacity and democracy building, human rights and anti-discrimination, child protection, education, surveys, good governance and advocacy are important priority areas in the Focus programs. In addition, environment, health, gender, cultural heritage and providing accessible services to the most vulnerable in society are crucial.

vii – Who is responsible for the Focus program in a specific area?

The Focus Grants programs are managed by the donor and program operators. For each Focus program in the country, a program operator has been tasked with awarding funding to projects under each program area according to agreed criteria, and to follow-up on implementation. The donor countries through their secretariat for the Grants, the Financial Mechanism Office, will monitor the implementation process.

viii – Where can I get more information?

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