Arts Council Norway

EEA grants culture

The EEA and Norway Grants are Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway's contribution to reducing economic and social disparities in Europe and to strengthening bilateral relations with 15 beneficiary countries in Northern, Central and Southern Europe. €2.79 billion has been set aside under the Grants for 2014 to 2021.

Working Together for a Green, Competitive and Inclusive Europe

The funding is targeted on areas where there are demonstrable needs in the beneficiary countries, and that are in line with national priorities and wider European goals. In the 2014-2021 financing period, the key areas of support are:

  1. Innovation, research, education and competitiveness

  2. Social inclusion, poverty reduction and youth employment

  3. Environment, energy, climate change and the low-carbon economy

  4. Culture, civil society, good governance and fundamental rights

  5. Justice and home affairs

Strengthening bilateral relations between the beneficiary countries and the donor states is an objective of the Grants. Strengthening ties between European countries brings mutual benefits – for institutions and organisations in both the donor as well as the beneficiary countries.

The Arts Council Norway – Donor Programme Partner

The Arts Council Norway continues to have a key role in the EEA and Norway Grants as a Donor Programme Partner (DPP). Although not all MoUs for the 2014-2021 have been agreed, the Arts Council Norway is already a fully-fledged DPP in four cultural programmes; Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania. It is also involved in the development of the cultural programme in Portugal.

The Arts Council Norway has taken on the role of DPP to help create the conditions that ensure the relevance of the programmes for the cultural actors in Norway and – further to this – ensure the participation of the Norwegian cultural sector. The involvement of the Arts Council Norway is also meant to ensure that the programmes also take into account the specificities of the Norwegian cultural field and cultural administration, so as to enable programmes to reach their bilateral ambitions.

Programme area 14: Cultural entrepreneurship, cultural heritage and Cultural cooperation

Programmes within this programme area will strengthen social and economic development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management.

For further details on the programme area, click here: Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Cooperation


Read more about the EEA grants 

More information can also be found on the Norwegian Government's website



EEA & Norway Grants, Romania, Slovakia, Portugal, Latvia and Lithuania



EEA & Norway Grants, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Poland