Romanian Social Development Fund
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EEA & Norway Grants Local Development Programme • Bilateral Relations

Strengthening bilateral relations between Donor States and Beneficiary States is a major objective of the EEA and Norwegian Grants 2014-2021 and therefore of the "Local Development and Poverty Reduction, Enhanced Roma Inclusion" Programme. In this respect, the Programme encourages and provides support to entities in Romania and Donor States acting in the Programme areas in order to meet, share information and experiences, discuss/ agree about future cooperation, establish partnerships and develop donor partnership projects to be financed under the Programme.

Cooperation between entities in Romania and entities from Donor States are encouraged and facilitated in order to make possible transfer of knowledge, experiences and best practices necessary in the preparation, implementation and sustainability of projects and, thus, on short term, to improve the implementation and results of the projects financed under the Programme and, on long term, to strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States and Romania.

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Call 1

call for proposals for bilateral initiatives aiming to identify partners for donor partnership projects, the development of such partnerships and the preparation of an application for a donor partnership project to be submitted under the Local DevelopmentProgramme

The Romanian Social Development Fund (RSDF), as Programme Operator for the "Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Enhanced Roma Inclusion" (Local Development) Programme, funded by the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021, launched on Monday, January 21, 2019, the call for proposals for bilateral initiatives aiming to identify partners for donor partnership projects, the development of such partnerships and the preparation of an application for a donor partnership project to be submitted under the Local DevelopmentProgramme.

The call is addressed to potential project promoters and project partners from Romania and Donor States who wish to develop and submit donor partnership projects at the calls for proposals launched under the Programme.

Within the call, bilateral meetings between relevant entities in Romania and the Donor States will be funded, aimed at mutual knowledge, identifying common interests in the Programme areas, exploring the possibility of joint involvement in the preparation, submission and implementation of a project eligible within the Programme, respectively the signing of a letter of interest on future collaboration, the preparation of the partnership agreement and/ or the preparation/ completion of a project application to be submitted at an open call launched under the Local Development Programme.

The total amount allocated for financing the bilateral initiatives submitted within the call is € 50,000, covering the costs related to a number of approx. 10 bilateral initiatives. The maximum grant amount that can be allocated to a bilateral initiative is € 5,000.

Eligible applicants may apply for funding under the call from January 21, 2019. The call will be continuous and will be closed on June 5, 2020, at 15:00, when it is estimated that all the calls for project proposals planned within the Programme will be closed.

For details on the funding conditions specific to the call, please refer to the Applicant's Guide and the attached documents:

Applicants' Guide

Application form

Statement on eligibility for potentialProject Promoters and project partners

Administrative and eligibility verification grid

Content evaluation grid

Financing contract

Request for Advance Payment

Interim Payment Request

Financial Intermediate Report

Notification for budget transfers

Report on Bilateral Activities

Partnership agreement

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Bilateral initiatives of the predefined projects proposed to be financed through the

"Local Development" Programme

In July 2018, RSDF launched a funding facility for promoters and project partners who will be involved in implemention of the pre-defined projects financed under the Local Development Programme. Through this, the RSDF provided financial support for the development of the bilateral partnership and for the elaboration of the financing request related to the predefined project.


No. crt

Beneficiary Pre-defined project Donor States partner

Signing date of the contract related to the bilateral initiative



1. National University for Physical Education and Sports (UNEFS) Bucharest Sustainable social and education integration through sport activities Norwegian School of Sport Sciences August 29, 2018 4.820
2. Romanian Association of Communes (ACoR) Improving access and quality of services to citizens Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) September 6, 2018     4.820




Letter of intent form

Partnership agreement form

Contract - general conditions

Contract - specific conditions