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Factsheet for measure HU-2022-17/2824 Updated – measures in Hungary

Carpathian Emergency Response Fund for Ukrainians - NGO

Kárpátok Gyorssegély Alap Ukrajnáért

Country Hungary , applies regionally

    • – HU31 Észak-Magyarország
      – HU32 Észak-Alföld
Time period Temporary, 18 April 2022 – 14 April 2023
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Other humanitarian measures
Author Nóra Krokovay (KOPINT-Tárki) and Eurofound
Measure added 09 September 2022 (updated 19 June 2023)

Background information

This measure provides financial support for bottom-up civil initiatives aiming at supporting refugees from Ukraine. These initiatives are being implemented in north-eastern Hungary, close to Hungary’s border with Ukraine. This is a historically underprivileged and under resourced region where civil society needs support. Projects funded with this measure should promote the well-being of refugees, families and children through activities, programmes, events and promotions.

Content of measure

Non-governmental organisations registered in the northern Hungary or Northern Great Plains regions for at least 12 months are invited to apply for this funding. The first call’s deadline was 18 April 2022 and calls were published continuously in two-week cycles. The 13th call deadline was 26 September 2022.

Priority is given to projects that:

  • target children and/or Roma families;
  • aim to ensure the well-being, cultural preservation, and education of refugee children;
  • are process-oriented;
  • intend to build cooperation with existing social, educational, health, and cultural services and institutions;
  • are aimed at the development and expansion of human and infrastructure resources of organisations involved in managing the refugee situation and provisioning their resources;
  • focused on coordinating, establishing and supporting the cooperation of organisations and people involved in refugee crisis management

A maximum of HUF 500,000 (€1,250) can be awarded per project for organising programs, events, campaigns or a maximum of HUF 1,000,000/project for civil infrastructure or human resource development purposes. The budget of the whole Fund is HUF 10m or €25,000. The deadline for project implementation is 1-3 months.

The Carpathian Foundation International is a cross-border, regional foundation that works in the contiguous areas of Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine. Its mission is to build the capacity of non-profit organisations and local governments in the Carpathian Euroregion to promote economic development, cross-border cooperation and interethnic initiatives. Sponsors include the European Cultural Foundation, the East-West Institute, the Ford Foundation, EEA Grants, Norway Grants, the Open Society Foundations, the Visegrad Fund, the Mott Foundation, and others.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

01 March 2023

The 21st call’s deadline was 7 April 2023, with decisions announced on 14 April 2023, the website said. No further calls have been published.

Use of measure

In 2022 the Fund disbursed HUF 17.92m (€47,155) in grants. In the first half of 2023 HUF 10.09m was disbursed.

Some of the supported projects include:

  • XXI. National Association of Roma Women of the Century
  • XXI. National Association of Roma Women of the Century II.
  • Hidden Treasures Down Association
  • We Want to Live Charitable Foundation for Disabled Children
  • Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Association
  • Medical Aid Where You Need It Foundation
  • Somnakuno Drom Roma Women's Association
  • Baby Bear Baby-Mother Public Benefit Association
  • Hanging around with mother” Association
  • Green Circle

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement was reported.

Views and reactions

No views were reported.



Eurofound (2022), Carpathian Emergency Response Fund for Ukrainians - NGO, measure HU-2022-17/2824 (measures in Hungary), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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