NGO Funding Resources
last updated 2 January, 2009

The following organizations provide funding for NGOs operating in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It is important that you read each website carefully before applying for funding. It is also recommended that you contact each organization to make sure that funding opportunities exist for your organization. If you know of any other funding opportunities that could be included on this page, please contact the STOPVAW administrators at

International Organizations

Asian Development Bank

Applicable Region: Central Asia

Additional Information: The site does not contain detailed funding information. See FAQ #4 for NGO grant information.

Languages: English

Eurasia Foundation

Applicable Region: Russia, Central Asia, Caucasus, Western Eurasia

Additional Information: Regional field offices award grants to NGOs that send solicitations based on how closely proposals match their mandate. The site offers detailed instructions for applying for a grant.

Languages: English (grants may be submitted in either English or Russian)


European Union (Member States)

Applicable Region: EU Member States (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lativa, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia)

Additional information: Resourcse are available through either NGO co-financing or NGO Grants.

Languages: English and French

European Union: Europe Aid

Applicable Region: Non-EU Member States

Additional Information: See FAQ #5 "How Can I Obtain a Grant?" Grant Application available in PDF.

Languages: Castellano, Danish, German, Greek, English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portugeise, Finnish, Swedish



Applicable Region: all member states

Additional Information: UNESCO maintains a variety of relations with NGOs, including women's organizations. Funding is not guaranteed once a relationship is established, and funding is intended to supplement the NGO's permanent sources of funding. The Directives outline the benefits of a partnership with UNESCO, as well as UNESCO's expectations for NGO partners, and specific procedures for applying for a relationship with UNESCO. The Directives do not list contact information, which is available from the main UNESCO site.

Languages: English and French


Applicable Region: UN Member States

Languages: English, French, Spanish

Additional Information: The UNIFEM Trust Fund supports women's initiatives that address violence against women through awareness campaigns, capacity-building measures, and training. The Trust Fund is not accepting applications, but applicants are encouraged to check back with the site periodically for updates.

World Bank

Applicable Region: All

Additional Information: The World Bank provides several types of funding for NGOs. However, small grants are the main form of World Bank Aid to NGOs. They are administered through each World Bank country office. Small grants provide support for, "activities related to civic engagement for the empowerment of marginalized and vulnerable groups." Application Procedures are available online.

Languages:English, French, Romanian, Russian


Applicable Region: Developing countries

The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights KIOS works to promote human rights in developing countries by granting funding to human rights projects. KIOS provides financial support to local civil society organisations that work for the promotion and protection of human rights in their own countries and regions. Our aim is to especially support the promotion of the human rights of the most disadvantaged groups of the societies. In Finland, KIOS aims at increasing the knowledge of Finnish civil society on the human rights situation in developing countries.

KIOS is an independent, non-political, non-religious and non-governmental foundation. The foundation was established in September 1998 by eleven Finnish NGOs working with human rights and development issues. The founder organisations are represented in the KIOS Executive Board, which is the supreme organ of KIOS and makes the final funding decisions.

KIOS receives financial support for its activities from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. 

Typical projects funded by KIOS include:

  • Human rights awareness raising and education
  • Human rights campaigning, lobbying and advocacy
  • Human rights monitoring and documentation
  • Providing legal aid
  • Capacity building

The thematic focus of KIOS funding is:

  • Democratic Rights
  • Gender Equality
  • Right to Education

Geographically KIOS focuses its support primarily to:

  • Eastern Africa
  • South Asia

KIOS holds an open invitation for applicants. Local civil society organisations in developing countries are eligible for funding. Funding is granted upon applications, which are accepted throughout the year. Application forms and guides are available at KIOS website.

Languages: English, Spanish, French

OSI Network Women's Program

Applicable Region: Central and Eastern Europe, Central Eurasia; Russia, Ukraine and Belaurs; South Eastern Europe

Additional Information: The program does not fund projects directly, rather, it funds projects through specific programs and country offices. Organizations seeking grants are told to contact the OSI program coordinator in their home country.Grant seekers are also directed towards a list of grantgiving organizations.

Languages: English

Soros Foundation

Applicable Region: Central and Eastern Europe; Central Eurasia; Russia, Ukraine and Belaurs; South Eastern Europe

Additional Information: Go to the "Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships" page, then follow a four-step process to determine whether there are any grant initiatives in your region and for your program type. If so, the fifth step will offer detailed information about the grant, and contact information for specific grant proposal inquiries. Grant seekers can also send grant inquiry to a designated contact person, who will mail the grant seeker an application if the organization is accepting applications at that time.

Languages: English

Government Funding

Canadian International Development Agency

Applicable Organizations: Russian NGOs

Additional Information: The Canadian Government offers three grant opportunities for NGOs operating in Russia. The Gender Equality Fund supports projects for Russian Women's NGOs that promote capacity building, transfer of knowledge about gender issues, support for women's networks and coalitions, and awareness campaigns in Russia. The Canada Fund supports grassroots projects that require relatively small amounts of funding and promote sustainability and self-reliance.The Civil Society Fund provides support for NGO initiatives that support capacity building, network and coalition building, information technology support, and other forms of NGO sector development activity.  

Note: The Canada Fund and the Gender Equality Fund do not offer specific application information on their pages, but the site offeres contact information for inquiries. The Civil Society Fund does offer such information.

Languages:English, French, and Russian


Dutch Foreign Ministry, Development Cooperation Agency

Applicable Region: In 2003, the following CEE/FSU countries earned aid: Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine.

Additional Information: The Dutch Foreign Ministry provides grants for NGO work relating to gender equality, as long as it fits the Dutch development goals of poverty reduction, human rights, peacebuilding and good governance.  The application requires ties with the private or public sector in the Netherlands. A grant application is available online.

Languages: English and Dutch 


Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Applicable Region: CEE/FSU, Murmansk, the Republic of Karelia, Leningrad, St Petersburg in Russia, and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Additional Information: The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers two types of funding for CEE/FSU NGOs. First, NGOs that promote goals that parallel the Finnish Development Policy (including gender equality) can apply for support through the Finnish International Non-Governmental (INGO) fund, which lists specific requirements on its website. Second, while there is no website information, NGOs operating in neighboring regions (Murmansk, the Republic of Karelia, the Leningrad, St Petersburg in Russia, and
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) can contact the Unit for Neighbouring Area Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs (PO Box 176, 00161 Helsinki, Finland) for information about Finnish assistance.

Languages: English and Finnish


Applicable Region: All

Additional Information: USAID offers support to non-American NGOs. Applicants are told to contact the USAID mission office in their home country for regional grant opportunities. Applicants can also participate in the NGO Strengthening Program,  which pairs US private voluntary organizations with several indigenous nonprofit organizations, in order to strenghthen the nonprofit sector in individual countries.

Languages: English

Fee-based Funding Services

Grantmakers for Effective Organizaions

Alliance for Nonprofit Management

Welcome Europe


The Foundation Center

Funding Databases and Guides

Allavida, Links to Donors and Support Organizations

BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development)

Friends & Parterns, Funding Sources

Fundsnetservices, Women Grants and Resources

Global Fund for Women, Fundraising for Change: A Practical Guide for Women's Rights Organizations, Tools for Nonprofits, Grant-Makers List

Sluzhenye, Funding Opportunities

Soros Network Women's Program, Grantgiving Organizations, Fellowships, and Organizations

World Bank, Small Grants Program Guide to Resources for NGOs and Other Organizations of Civil Society (PDF)