Prague, Sept 23 (CTK) – Czech NGOs focusing on the environment will get 13.5 million crowns for their projects, which is 1.5 million more than in 2014, the Environment Ministry that will provide the money from its budget announced Wednesday.

The subsidies will be paid out provided that the recipient contributes minimally 30 percent to the project’s budget, the ministry’s spokeswoman Petra Roubickova told CTK.

She said an organisation can apply for support for maximally two projects.

Tomas Kazmiersky, from the ministry, said the projects can focus on specially protected plant and animal species and support for their management in the urban environment, on swamp areas outside specially protected territories and in farming localities.

The budget for the NGOs’ activities has been raised only slowly. They were supported most heavily before the 2004-09 economic crisis. Later, the subsidies markedly decreased.

The environmental organisations associated in the Green Circle said before the summer holiday that the centre-left government of Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) does not have a clear environment protection concept.