The scheme is intended for civil society activities aimed at strengthening the rights of minorities of faith and belief in ODA-eligible countries.
NOK 7,5 million is allocated to the scheme in 2013.
Norwegian and South based civil society actors, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), organised interest groups, religious and social movements, trade unions, umbrella organisations, education institutions and diaspora organisations. Purely commercial actors, enterprises and consultancy firms may not apply.
Support may be granted to projects with a purpose in accordance with the objectives of the scheme, for example projects for training and awareness regarding the rights of minorities of faith and belief; advocacy towards local and central authorities and/or private companies; initiatives seeking to contribute to a dialogue between different groups (for instance majority and minority).
The allocation may be used for methodological development, analyses, studies, reviews, etc., and in special cases for pilot projects related to the rights of minorities of faith and belief. Additional thematic or geographical constraints may be given through the annual budget proposition (Proposition No. 1 to the Norwegian Parliament) and the allocation letter to Norad.
Various forms of service delivery, construction of infrastructure, or direct income generating activities will not be eligible for support under this grant scheme.
As a general rule the projects should be implemented in countries at any given time included in the OECD/DAC list of ODA recipients
The allocation shall primarily be used for cooperation with non-governmental partners in civil society. Private individuals may not be partners. Local or central government authorities may in certain cases be development partners when this promotes capacity building within their spheres of responsibility and when the grant recipient has a specific competence that is in demand.