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NGO Block Grant

A block grant is a fund, set up for a clearly defined purpose and may provide assistance to individuals, organizations or institutions. Block grants are intended to facilitate activities where each sub-project or final beneficiary is too small to be identified a priori or to be administered cost-effectively on an individual basis.

The block grant is a fund of non-recoverable financial support, which is designated to finance sub- projects prepared by final beneficiaries and to cover the block grant management costs incurred by the Intermediate Body. The Intermediate Body of the block grant is responsible for the management of the block grant and for the monitoring of the implementation of sub-projects.

There will be one Block Grant in Lithuania financed under the Lithuanian – Swiss Cooperation Programme – NGO Fund (Intermediary – Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania).

The overall objective of the NGO Fund is to promote civil society’s contribution to economic and social cohesion as important actors of development and participation, and to contribute to further development of NGOs sector in Lithuania.

Switzerland shall provide a Grant of maximum CHF 5’000’000 (five million Swiss Francs), to the Republic of Lithuania for the NGO Fund. Lithuania shall provide co-financing amounting to 15% of the NGO Fund (CHF 885‘000).

The Ministry of Finance as an Intermediary Institution of the NGO Fund has prepared the NGO Fund project outline according to the requirements of the donors. After the approval of the project outline in the Steering Committee on 18 February 2009, it was sent for approval to the donors.

The application for the PPF has been submitted by the Ministry of Finance to the donors along with the NGO Fund project outline. 

The financing from the PPF shall be used to procure the services for preparing NGO sector feasibility study. The main purposes of the feasibility study are:

  1. detailed and comprehensive situation analysis of the NGO sector in Lithuania,
  2. identification of the main problems in the sector,
  3. formulation of recommendations on which means and focus areas should be taken as the priority for financing under the NGO Fund implemented under the Swiss – Lithuanian Cooperation Programme.

The information of the feasibility study will be used for the preparation of Final NGO Fund Project Proposal.

The tender for procurement of services for preparation of the feasibility study for the NGO block grant was launched on 26 August 2009. The service contract with the Social and Economic Development Centre signed on 25 November 2009.

On 19 May 2010 SEDC delivered the NGOs' Block Grant feasibility study under the Lithuanian-Swiss Cooperation Programme. The study can be find there.

The Final Project Proposal of the NGO Fund was submitted to Swiss authorities on 24 September 2010 and approved on  3 January 2011.

On 3 May 2011 the NGO Block Grant Agreement between the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation was signed.

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Closed Call for Proposals

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of our country were invited to show an active interest in the opportunities provided by the partnership with the Swiss non-governmental organizations as well as to prepare for initiation and joint implementation of sub-projects financed by the NGO Fund. The benefits of partnerships with donor countries are associated with the implementation of the direct objectives of the NGO Fund: to strengthen NGOs by developing their institutional capacities and to strengthen the cooperation between NGOs and municipal authorities.

Submission of proposals was launched on 2 December, 2011. Open call for proposals was closed on 15 December, 2011.

Total number of the submitted applications - 380. Total contribution amount requested in the submitted applications - LTL 79.929.086,63.

More details on the evaluation procedures of the submitted applications find here.

The NGO Fund Steering Committee (NGO Fund SC) was created on 8 February 2011 (Order No. 1K- 053) for the issues concerning monitoring and implementation of the NGO Fund. NGO Fund SC supervises the general process of the implementation of the Block Grant as indicated in the Regulation of Work of the NGO Fund Steering Committee.

NGO Fund SC consists of:

  • 2 members from MoF;
  • 2 members from CPMA;
  • representative from the Ministry of Social Security and Labour;
  • representative from the Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania;
  • 7 delegates from the National NGO coalition.

The 1st NGO Fund SC meeting was held on 8 March 2011. During this meeting the Regulation of Work of the NGO Fund Steering Committee was approved and decision for the further comments of the project of the Guidelines for the applicants (hereinafter - Guidelines) draft was accepted.

The 2nd NGO Fund SC meeting was held on 6 April 2011. During this meeting the decision about the sub-project application form and the project of the Guidelines draft was accepted.

On 27 May 2011 during the written procedure of the NGO Fund SC the project of the Guidelines for the applicants was confirmed.

On 2 December 2011 the Central Project Management Agency (hereinafter - CPMA) started the administrative compliance and eligibility check of the sub-project applications and completed this stage of assessment on 24 January 2012. The assessment was performed by 19 representatives of the CPMA and 1 external expert.

On 10 February 2012 the Evaluation Committee for value-for-money assessment of the sub-project applications was established by the Deputy Director of the CPMA (Order No. 2012/20-2-4). The composition of the Evaluation Committee is as follows: chairman, deputy chairman, secretary, 22 evaluators and 8 observers.

The 3rd NGO Fund SC meeting was held on 20 February 2012. During this meeting the Project Interim Report No. 1 and Annual Project Report No. 1 on the implementation of the NGO Fund  was discussed and approved. The strategy for value-for-money assessment was also discussed (no specific remarks to this document were presented by the members of the committee). On 1 February 2012 the CPMA submitted to the NCU a preliminary report on administrative compliance and eligibility assessment of the sub-project applications, which was approved by the NGO Fund Steering Committee during the 3rd NGO Fund SC meeting on 20 February 2012.

On 22 February 2012 the 1st meeting of the Evaluation Committee was held during which the Rules of Procedure of the Evaluation Committee were approved and a strategy for value-for-money assessment was presented to the members of the Evaluation Committee. 

The 4th NGO Fund Steering Committee meeting was held on 18 June 2012, however due to the lack of quorum no decisions regarding the value-for-money assessment report have been taken.

The 5th NGO Fund Steering Committee meeting was arranged on 4 July 2012. During this meeting the NGO Steering Committee approved the final report on administrative compliance and eligibility assessment of the sub-project applications and the preliminary value-for-money assessment report. According to the report 4 groups of the sub-project applications have been identified: 81 applications that are recommended to be financed from the NGO Fund, 67 applications included into the reserve list, 150 applications that are not recommended to be financed from the NGO Fund and 11 applications that are recommended to be re-assessed.

The 6th NGO Fund steering Committee meeting was held on 13 September 2012. During this meeting was approved: 1) the revised Regulation of Work of the NGO Fund Steering Committee, 2) the revised preliminary value-for-money assessment report and 3) the Project Interim Report No. 2.

On 20 December 2012 during the written procedure of the NGO Fund SC the Final value-for-money assessment report was confirmed.

Last updated: 27-08-2015