The program is aimed at strengthening the capacities of regional NGOs and financing human rights projects.

4th of September

new call for applications

The “Verta!” program is designed to strengthen non-governmental organizations operating in the field of human rights and provide funding for their projects. The program focuses on organizations and projects related to ethnic minorities, migrants and refugees, LGBT+ individuals, vulnerable women, children, and other socially marginalized groups, aiming to ensure their equality, promote solidarity, and improve conditions for civic and democratic participation. Special attention will be given to strengthening regional, small NGOs.

The “Verta” program was developed and implemented by the Open Lithuania Foundation, a public institution, and is funded by the European Commission’s Citizens, Equality, Rights, and Values program. From 2023 to 2025, a total of 2.7 million euros will be allocated for the capacity-building of NGOs.

First, it is tailor-made training specifically designed for the needs and challenges of non-governmental organizations. Up to two representatives from each selected organization will have the opportunity to participate. In the NGO Academy, professionals in their respective fields will teach participants how to attract funding for their organization, professionally prepare projects, ensure the organization’s financial sustainability, disseminate knowledge, and communicate with the community. The training program will last for 7 months.

Second, it is an opportunity to implement projects in one’s own community, promoting equality, solidarity, and increasing civic and democratic participation. It also provides a platform to share project experiences with similar organizations operating in other regions or at the national level.

Third, it is an opportunity to disseminate knowledge at the national and even international level, strengthen advocacy networks, and gain international experience.

The “Verta!” program is open to both national advocacy organizations and small organizations operating in the regions. However, the program will place particular emphasis on small regional organizations during the two-stage program.

For regional small NGOs, a two-stage program is planned: first, after the evaluation of applications and interviews, selected organizations will be invited to participate in a long-term capacity-building program called “NGO Academy. Social Leaders Program.” Upon completion of the training, these organizations will have the opportunity to apply for project funding.

National advocacy NGOs will be invited to submit project proposals for funding at the end of 2023, including activities that involve exchanging experiences and collaborating with small NGOs. They will also receive advocacy strengthening training and engage in advocacy network development activities.

Regional NGOs participating in the program | Ist call

 No  Organization Location
1 Association Panevėžio jaunimo organizacijų sąjunga „Apskritasis stalas“ – PAS Panevėžys
2 Association Alytaus autizmo asociacija „Lietaus vaikai“ Alytus
3 Public institution Pabėgėlių taryba (Refugee council of Lithuania) Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Rukla
4 Public institution Judesio ir minties teatras Vilnius, Šalčininkai
5 Association Visagino trečiojo amžiaus universitetas Visaginas
6 Association Asociacija „Varėnos trečiojo amžiaus universitetas“ Region of Varėnos, Alytaus
7 Association Lietuvos hipofizės pacientų asociacija, trumpinys – LHPA all country
8 Association Lietuvos žmonių su stuburo pažeidimais asociacijos Alytaus miesto ir rajono skyrius Alytus
9 Association Asociacija „Bendraukime“ Mažeikių region
10 Public institution Skaitmeninės etikos centras All country
11 Association Panevėžio autizmo asociacija „Lietaus vaikai“ City and region of Panevėžys
12 Public institution Užimtumo centras Kaunas
13 Association Dulų asociacija all country
14 Association Onkologinių ligonių asociacija „Vilties kelias“ Utena
15 Association Via Alba Mažeikiai
16 Association Nemunėlio Radviliškio bendruomenė Nemunėlio Radviliškis, region of Biržai
17 Association Klaipėdos sutrikusios psichikos žmonių globos bendrija Klaipėda
18 Public institution Šeimos centras „Kartu saldu“ City and region of Biržai
19 Association Biržų rajono Pačeriaukštės kaimo bendruomenė Pačeriaukštė, region of Biržai
20 Association Mažeikių sutrikusios psichikos žmonių globos bendrija „Gyvenimo spalvos“ Mažeikiai
21 Public institution Gilės sodas Region of Prienai, Biržai, Kazlų Rūda
22 Association Rietavo savivaldybės jaunimo organizacija „Progresas“ Rietavas, Plungė, Kretinga, Raseiniai
23 Public institution Mėlynas mėnulis Šiauliai
24 Association Pasaulio alytiškių bendruomenė Alytus
25 Association Kaimų bendruomenė „Berteškiai“ Village of Berteškių kaimas, region of Raseiniai

Second call for applications for regional NGO’s

Call for applications will be announced on 4th of September 2023 in Lithuanian only (

Call for applications for national advocacy NGOs | Autumn 2024

The call for proposals for large non-governmental organizations (e.g., umbrella associated structures) will be announced in Autumn 2024.

The program “Verta!” presentation video

The program is financed by the European Union. However, the expressed views or opinions are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the European Union or the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor the funding institution is responsible for them.