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NGO, associations and EU funding

The database on European funds EUROFUNDING, contains more than 200 funding programmes open to NGOs, either non-governmental either civil society organisations and not for profit organisations involved in many areas covered by EU policies . Did you know ?
It is estimated that over € I,000 million a year is allocated to NGO projects directly by the Commission, the major part in the field of external relations for development co-operation, human rights, democracy programmes, and, in particular, humanitarian aid (€ 400 million).
Other important allocations are in the social sector (€ 70 million), educational and capacity building (€50 million), and environmental sectors

You will find all funding programmes in these sectors in EUROFUNDING by the entry Developing NGO (96 selections or associations (240 selections).

Is my organisation an NGO? 'NGO' and 'civil society organisations' are not legal terms. The specific criteria on which an organisation is considered eligible for EU funding are detailed in each call for proposals.

Nevertheless, 'NGO' is a useful shorthand term to refer to a range of organisations that normally share the following characteristics:
• NGOs are not created to generate profit (although they may have paid employees and engage in revenue-generating activities, they do not distribute profits to members);
• NGOs are voluntary;
• NGOs must have some degree of formal or institutional existence (e.g. statutes or other governing document setting out their mission, objectives and scope). They are accountable to their members and donors;
• NGOs are independent, in particular of government, public authorities, political parties or commercial organisations;
• NGOs are not self-serving in aims and related values. Their aim is to serve the public as a whole or specific groups of people. Scope of Activity

NGOs' size as well as the scope of their activities can vary considerably. Some NGOs consist of a rather limited number of persons; others may have thousands of members and hundreds of professional staff. In functional terms NGOs can focus on operational and/or advocacy activities. Operational NGOs contribute to the delivery of services (such as in the field of welfare), whereas the primary aim of advocacy NGOs is to influence the policies of public authorities and public opinion in general.

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