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Applications now open for the National Cooperation Fund (NEA)

The fund has a budget of HUF 9.3 billion for 2021.

From October 12 to November 11, NGOs can submit normal applications with consolidated professional and operational objectives. Simplified applications can be submitted starting on November 12 for one month.

Vince Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Deputy State Secretary for Civil and Social Relations at the Prime Minister’s Office, said that the announcements are available on Gábor Bethlen Fund’s website and NEA’s portal.

He added that the government’s civilian fund has undergone unprecedented development since 2012. In 2020, funding available for grants was HUF 7.7 billion, while this amount will increase to HUF 9.3 billion in 2021 and exceed HUF 10 billion in 2022. This is a good indication that the Cabinet attaches great importance to the support of NGOs, the Deputy Secretary of State said.

The amount NGOs can apply for via simplified applications increased from HUF 200,000 last year to HUF 300,000, while for normal grants have increased by HUF 250,000 to HUF 750,000.

The state secretary noted that taxpayers can give 1 percent of their personal income tax to NGOs. If they don’t do this, it automatically goes to the NEA, which then uses the money to support NGOs in any event. The amount of this 1 percent has increased by about HUF 1.5 billion each year, he said, with citizens’ allocation totaling some HUF 10 billion. 

Szalay-Bobrovniczky said that there are more than 60,000 non-governmental organizations currently operating in Hungary. 

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