Partnership Block Grant Croatia

Project completed

The Partnership Block Grant will support approximately 20 projects with up to CHF 250’000 per project, aiming at the improvement of living conditions in Croatia through the exchange of information, transfer of know-how and good practices between the two countries.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Strengthening civil society
01.05.2017 - 31.12.2022
CHF  1’840’590

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.

Background During the preparation of the Swiss Contribution, various stakeholders in Switzerland signaled their interest in joint projects with Croatian partners. 
Promotion of and support to existing and new partnerships between the two countries is beneficial to both countries. Swiss partners are expected to contribute to the solution of specific development challenges, and to strengthening capacities and structures of the Croatian institutional partners. Swiss partners enrich their experience by insights in the Croatian context.Switzerland enjoys a good reputation in Croatia. Swiss expertise will be drafted according to concrete demands.


The overall goal of the program is to promote local economic and social development in Croatia through increased mutual cooperation and partnerships between Croatian and Swiss institutions, municipalities and non-profit organizations.

The expected outcomes of the program are:

  • To contribute to the sustainable development of municipalities and counties
  • Increased participation and improved living conditions for the local population through exchange of know-how and experience
  • To strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two partner countries
Target groups

Municipalities, cities, counties, schools, universities, non-profit institutions and civil society organisations

  • Preparation of the call for proposals
  • Provide assistance and capacity building to the partner organisations in project preparation and implementation
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project implementation
    Visibility activities



Achieved results:  

by the end of 2018:

  • 9 projects are currently in implementation or have already been ending between Swiss and Croatian institution in the social and economic field.

Expected results:  

  • 20 to 25 projects are implemented, with the purpose of improving living conditions for the local population in different locations of the country
  • Regular reporting to follow-up the developments in local areas
  • Overview of implemented projects elaborated and published

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North
  • Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’840’590 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’794’123
Project phases

Phase 1 01.05.2017 - 31.12.2022   (Completed)