Frequently asked questions about our funding mechanisms

Below you will find a selection of frequently asked questions.

Danish partnerships

Q: How do we find a Danish partner to apply with for the Flexible Response or/and New Cooperation Mechanism?

A: This is a research process you are responsible for yourself. But we are happy to help point you in a direction.


Q: Is it only possible to apply with existing partnerships or are new partnerships possible?

A: It is possible to apply with both new and existing partnerships.


Q: What are those exclusive cases when an applicant can apply without a Danish organisation as a partner?

A: Exclusive cases need to have a very well reason not to apply with a Danish partner. Not being able to find a partner is not a recognized reason. 


Q: Is there a limitation on the number of partners?

A: No. The minimum of partners is two, there is no max.


Q: What is understood as a long-term partnership?

A: Preferably it should lead to a partnership that goes beyond the project applied for.


Duration of project

Q: What is the maximum period of a project?

A: All projects should be finished within one year from the project’s starting date.

Who is granted?

Q: How many organisations from each country will be granted?

A: We strive to grant evenly across countries and thematic areas to the extent possible.

Do we qualify?

Q: Is it possible to apply as an organisation in exile?

A: Yes, organisations in exile can apply.


Q: Can one organisation from Denmark apply with several projects?

A: Yes.


Q: Can an organization from Eastern Neighbourhood Countries apply to both Flexible Response and New Cooperation?

A: Yes and no: For the New Cooperation Mechanism, the main applicant must be a Danish organisation. For the Flexible Response, the funds must be channelled through a Danish organisation, but the applicant can be the ENC organisation.


Q: Will you support previously supported organisations? Will they be prioritized more or less?

A: Organisations that have previously applied for support can apply again. It is up to the Independent Selection Committee to make the prioritisation.


Q: Will you receive feedback on a rejected application?

A: Yes, all rejected applicants will receive feedback.

New Cooperation Mechanism

Q: Can the project funded by New Cooperation Mechanism be executed in Denmark or only in ENC?

A:  Both are possible. However, New Democracy Fund will prioritise applications where most of the activities are implemented in the Eastern Neighbourhood Countries.


Q: How long is the processing time for the New Cooperation Mechanism?  

A: Six to eight weeks.

Financing and practical

Q: Is the Danish partner supposed to pay for each project expense from its account?

A: The Danish partner organisation is responsible for entering into a cooperation agreement with the partner(s) from the Eastern Neighbourhood Countries (ENC) that reflects a mutual understanding of the partnership, and the same requirements should reflect that cooperation agreement. The Danish partner can choose to transfer the funds to the ENC partner in instalments. This should be reflected in the agreement between the partners. The ENC partner is responsible for reporting to the Danish partner and therefore responsible for the expenses connected to it.


Q: Will projects with co-financing from other sources be prioritized over projects without? (More than 150,000 DKK)

A:  No, all projects will be equally assessed.


Q: Is it possible to include audit costs in the project costs?

A: Audit expenses should always be included in the budget for applications of more than 200,000 DKK.


Q: Would you please elaborate on the capacity assessment?

A: The capacity assessment aims to determine the level of capacity of the grantee in terms of financial management. This will help the grant administration to tailor the agreement accordingly, i.e., grantees with high capacity will have less supervision by the grant administration and grantees with low capacity will have more assistance.

For other questions please contact:

Prior to reaching out, we kindly ask you to read through the guidelines from each funding mechanism, which can be found here (Flexible Response) and here (New Cooperation).


To see previously supported projects, click here.