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Funding oportunities :: In Bulgaria

Funding opportunities for supporting nature and biodiversity conservation activities in Bulgaria are provided by a wide range of organizations and institutions both in Bulgaria and at international level. European Union Funds, Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water Funds, as well as some international organizations such as United Nations programmes and Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe are among the above-mentioned options. Detailed description of these opportunities which includes contact information and web-site addresses is presented in this part of Bulgarian CHM Portal.


Grants for local projects is a programme of the government of Japan for which notes were exchanged between the Bulgarian and the Japanese authorities on February 17, 1998. The assistance consists in allocation of funding for projects aiming at social and economic development. The possible beneficiaries of these grants include non-governmental organizations, schools, research institutions, medical institutes and the local authorities.

The grants are allocated for projects in the following fields: agriculture, forestry board and water management, crafts, vocational training, education, public health, regional development, construction of water supply and sanitation facilities, support for the lowest income circles and other social activities, aid for refugees, regional measures for preservation of environment, humanitarian aid in natural disaster cases. Possible recipients are the non-governmental organizations and the local government authorities. The maximum amount of the grants comes to $ US 50,000.


The programme on development of alternative agriculture in the Rhodopes has been developed to support the sustainable development of the region. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forest has initiated and implements the programme. The objective of the programme is to restore the traditional and develop alternative agriculture, ensuring in this way larger employment and generating higher income for the population of the region.

The scope of the Rhodopes programme includes the geographic boundaries of the territories of the Rhodopean massif – the municipalities of predominating mountain relief of Haskovo, Kurdjaly and Smolyan Districts, as well as the mountainous sections of Plovdiv and Pazardjik regions, the valley of Mesta River with similar soil-climatic and agro-ecologic conditions – the regions of Gotse Deltchev, Razlog, Yakoruda to Velingrad and Belovo. The time period of operation of the programme is between the years 2003 and 2005. The funds needed for implementing the planned measures for the whole period of operation of the programme come to BGN 48 millions. Different sources will be approached to accumulate these funds: State Agriculture Fund, SAPARD Programme, National Environmental Fund, international programs and projects. For the year 2003 BGN 10 millions were allocated for the Rhodopes Programme from the budget of the State Agriculture Fund. Of them BGN 2 millions for subsidies and BGN 8 millions will be disseminated as targeted credits.


Although the only EU financial instrument with nature conservation as one of the two main objectives is LIFE Programme many other instruments can be used for nature conservation. These include the three pre-accession instruments financed by the European Union to assist the applicant countries of Central Europe in their preparations for joining the European Union - the redesigned PHARE, SAPARD and ISPAOther opportunities are offered by INTERREG and LEADER Community Initiatives, LEONARDO DA VINCI, SOCRATES and TEMPUS Educational instruments, YOUTH Programme and SIXTH RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME.

Web sites with additional information:

The European Union On-lineThe Delegation of the European Commission to BulgariaCORDIS – Community Research and Development Information ServiceEuropean Funding GuideEnlargement Address BookДневник On-line - Европейски перспективи

 Read more in articles: European Union Programmes and Initiatives- description, contact information, web-addresses


The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) was established in 1990 by the United States, the European Commission and Hungary. It is a non-advocacy, not-for-profit organization with a mission to assist in solving environmental problems in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The Center fulfills its mission through encouraging cooperation among non-governmental organizations, governments and businesses, supporting the free exchange of information and promoting public participation in environmental decision-making.

The REC has its head office in Szentendre, Hungary and Country Offices in each of its 15 beneficiary CEE countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the State Union Serbia and Montenegro.


SzentendreAdy Endre út 9-11 Hungary

Tel: (36-26) 504-000

Fax: (36-26) 311-294

e-mail: info@rec.orgREC Country Office Bulgaria

Mailing address:1000, Tzar Simeon 42, Ap.2, borishte District, Sofia,

BulgariaTel: +359 2 983 4817

Fax: +359 2 983 5217

E-mail: rec-bulgaria@rec.org

REC Grants Programme


The National Council for Scientific Research (NCSR) is a supportive and consultative body of Ministry of Education and Science. The NCSR finances and supports implementation of scientific research, evaluates and results thereby obtained, organizes and promotes international collaboration. For the period of its existence NCSR considerably extended its international contacts, participation in international projects. Serious work has been performed, related to the enhancement of the internal rules and the documentation of the Fund.

Since 2002 NCSR is a member of the European Science Foundation.

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