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International Visegrad Fund

 

The mis­sion of the International Visegrad Fund is to pro­mote devel­op­ment of closer coop­er­a­tion among the Visegrad Group (V4) countries—the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia—and to strengthen the ties among peo­ple in the region.

The Fund pro­vides fund­ing for com­mon cul­tural, sci­en­tific, research and edu­ca­tional projects, youth exchanges, pro­mo­tion of tourism and cross-border coop­er­a­tion. Most of the grant recip­i­ents are non-governmental orga­ni­za­tions, munic­i­pal­i­ties and local gov­ern­ments, uni­ver­si­ties, schools and other pub­lic insti­tu­tions and also indi­vid­ual cit­i­zens. The Fund also awards indi­vid­ual schol­ar­ships and artist res­i­den­cies. Throughout 17 years of its existence, the fund has sup­ported more than 5.000 grant projects and awarded over 2.000 scholarships and artist residencies in total worth of more than €75 million.

The bud­get of the Fund (€8 mil­lion as of 2014) con­sists of equal con­tri­bu­tions of the Visegrad Group’s gov­ern­ments.

The Fund runs three reg­u­lar grant pro­grams (Visegrad Grants, Visegrad+ Grants, Visegrad Strategic Program – Strategic Grants and Strategic Conferences) and two major mobility programs – scholarship schemes and a multi-chapter artist-in-residence pro­gram.

Non-governmental orga­ni­za­tions (NGOs), civil soci­ety orga­ni­za­tions (CSOs), munic­i­pal­i­ties and local or regional gov­ern­ments, schools and uni­ver­si­ties, but also pri­vate com­pa­nies or indi­vid­ual cit­i­zens are eli­gi­ble for grant sup­port, pro­vided that their projects deal with the region and fur­ther develop coop­er­a­tion among project part­ners based in the region.

For more information see the website of the International Visegrad Fund.

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