The Visegrad Fund is an international donor organization established in 2000 by the governments of the Visegrad Group countries, Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to promote regional cooperation in the Visegrad region (V4) as well as between the V4 and other countries, especially in the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership regions.
The Fund does so by awarding €8 million annually through grants, scholarships and artist residencies, from its budget made up of equal contributions of the V4 countries. Other donor countries (Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States) have provided another €10 million through various grant schemes run by the Fund since 2012.
The 2021/22 Hungarian Presidency supports the Fund’s activities that aim to strengthen intra-V4 relations, boost regional competitiveness (for instance in the start-up, science and innovation, and tourism sectors) and promote the V4 brand internationally. Furthermore, in line with the V4 Prime Ministers’ decision on increasing the Fund’s budget to €10 million annually from 2022, there will be a special focus on youth mobility and the effective online promotion of the Visegrad Group and the Fund.
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