Donor base: Norway
Application procedure: Concept Note, Full Proposal
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Annual number of calls: Up to 10

Financial details

Donor size: Large - more than $5,000,000
Funding instruments: Grants
Annual funding volume: Up to $20,000,000
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Food Security
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Research, Technology & Innovation
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda

  2. America


  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Palestine


1) About

NORAD is the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. The Agency is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Their main purpose is to ensure that Norwegian development aid funds are spent in the best possible way, and to report on what works and what does not work. NORAD has five main tasks out of which ‘Grant programmes’ are one. It grants funding to organisations within civil society, research, higher education and industry that work with partners in poor countries. Most of the Norwegian development aid is managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norwegian embassies abroad.

2) Thematic interest

  • Climate change and environment
  • Democracy and good governance
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Global health
  • Higher education and research
  • Macroeconomics and public administration
  • Oil for development

3) Focus countries

Partner countries in the category for long-term development cooperation are Ethiopia, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Tanzania and Uganda. Partner countries in the stabilisation and conflict prevention category are Afghanistan, Mali, Niger, Palestine, Somalia and South Sudan. NORAD also funds projects in additional countries as per specific calls for proposals. In total they have funded 101 countries so far.

4) Application procedure

They launch calls for proposals which are published on their website. Their grant program covers different schemes like the Norwegian Climate and Forest Funding to civil society, (Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED)  or their Private Sector Development Program (they have two funding schemes to support private sector development in development countries). Eligibility and funding amounts are subject to each call for proposal (small amounts up to various million USD). Interested applicants are therefore advised to study the guidelines prior to applying. All applications must be submitted via the online grants portal.

5) Contact

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
Pb. 1303 Vika
0112 Oslo

T: +47 23 98 00 00
E: postmottak(a)norad.no

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