For beneficiary organisations
Organizations from beneficiary countries can apply for support directly in their countries and can team up with a Norwegian partner.
You can invite a Norwegian organisation to be your partner in a project or you can involve them in smaller bilateral initiatives for experience exchange.
You can cooperate with a Norwegian entity in all areas covered and supported by the Active Citizens Fund in your country.
To find a partner we recommend you take a look in the Active Citizens Fund database for organisations. Here you can search for possible partner organisations or register your own organisation as open for cooperation. Registration is free and voluntary.
Tips and advice for establishing partnerships
Before you start, consider the following points:
• Why do you need a partner?
• What kind of partner you are looking for?
• How you foresee the partner’s role and contribution to the project?
• What will the partner gain from joining your project?
• Plan well in ahead and make sure you have time to do the necessary research for finding a good and suitable partner!
• Start searching for a partner early and well in advance for deadlines. You may risk not having time to develop the proposal and partnership if you send out requests very close to the deadline. Requests that are sent one or two weeks before a deadline are often not taken into consideration.
• Rather than trying to send out the request to as many as possible, we advise targeting only the most relevant entities.
• Ensure that you have a thought-through project idea where partnerships is a genuine plus. Avoid as much as possible contacting organisations with a readymade project application. Partnerships are based on mutual work so plan on working on a project application together.
• Include information on your own organisation and ensure that the organisation that you contact have aims and activities that match your own. Prior research on the organisation is advisable!
• Generally, many Norwegian organisations have a small secretariat with only a few paid staff, so they have to prioritize. Therefore, be as specific as possible in your search!
• Don’t be afraid to call and inquire by phone.
• Make sure you have all necessary information in English.
• Arrange a phone conversation or a video meeting as early as possible to discuss expectations and roles in the project. Be willing to discuss aims, objectives, activities and the budget of the project.
• Apply for bilateral funding to be able to meet before the project application deadline in order to develop the project idea and work out the application together.
• Be prepared to include the Norwegian partner in all stages of project development to get the most value out of their participation in the project. This will also ensure that the partnership is mutually relevant.
• Be prepared to discuss budgetary issues and clarify all possible budget posts. You may use our Rough guide to expenses in Norway as indicative for budgetary purposes.
• Make sure you also clarify with your partner what the documentation requirements will be (invoices in original, copies of receipts, bank transfer documentation, stamps, etc.). In Norway, there are generally fewer requirements for documentation. Many documents which are normally requested abroad (such as bank attestations, employee contracts or payslips) do not exist or are never required in Norway.
• As a rule, an audit report certifying that all expenses are incurred in accordance with the project agreement is sufficient proof of expenditure for your Norwegian project partner. These auditing expenses can be included in the project’s budget.
• Aim for a long-term partnership!
• If the organisation you were in touch with cannot enter into a partnership, try to ask them for recommendations on whom to contact.
• Use your network and professional contacts to try to identify relevant partners.
• If you did not find a suitable partner in the database, enter your own profile so that others can find you!
Check out examples of previous partnership projects and success stories here!