Eligibility and application process

How to become an NGO Academy Member:

NGO Academy accepts a small group of new member organisations per intake period. Intakes take place in irregular intervals following a standardized application and selection process. We announce the deadline for the next intake in good time before.

Which organisations are eligible?

NGOs, CSOs and Social Enterprises that have been operating for a minimum of one year in one (or more) of these countries: Austria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

Which criteria are used for selection?

Places per intake are limited based on resources and capacities of NGO Academy. To ensure the best fit with our services and the extant members of the network, we select organisations based on the following criteria: (1) impact potential of organisation (i.e. stability and track record of organisation, working with underserved and vulnerable communities, particularly innovative and/or proven interventions, ability to scale), (2) learning capacity of the organization (i.e. openness to learning and change, intention and ability of leadership to actively participate in trainings and implement new insights into the organisation), (3) fit with the extant member network of NGO academy and strategic focus of intake (i.e. representing countries or fields of activities that are underrepresented).

Are there membership fees?

No, there are no membership fees. NGO Academy aims at supporting Civil Society in CEE by offering capacity building programmes.

How much do the workshops cost?

The costs for NGO Academy offers including tuition fee, meals and accommodation are in general covered by NGO Academy. In the Social Innovation and Management Programme also travel costs to workshop locations are covered.

What rules do I have to commit to?

In order to create a stimulating learning environment and a safe space for exchange, we expect our members to show respect towards each other and the faculty. Punctuality, commitment and openness are key elements of the NGO Academy culture. The essence of our programmes lies in the willingness of our members to exchange, learn from each other and develop their competences. Enrolment in workshops is binding and in case of no-shows without prior notification, a warning may be issued to the respective organisation. Multiple no-shows may lead to exclusion from our programmes. Upon enrolment to one of our programmes, members have to comply with the respective terms of participation, which we provide in the enrolment process.

How does the application work?

Step 1: Fill out the short form below

Step 2: Receive our application survey via e-mail and apply


When can my organisation apply?

We organise intakes in accordance with our programmes and capacities.

If you wish to be informed about the next application period, please fill out the short form below.

Once we open the next intake period, we will email you our application survey. In the application survey you will have the chance to let us know in more detail about your mission, your work and your impact.

Thank you for getting in touch.

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