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. Key areas of support include environmental protection and climate change, civil society, children and health, cultural heritage, research and scholarships, decent work, and justice and home affairs. Grants are available for non-governmental organisations, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors.
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 has a key role in the EEA Grants as a Donor programme partner in six cultural exchange programmes; The Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Romania. Arts Council Norway has taken on the role as DPP to ensure the participation of the Norwegian cultural sector and the relevance of the programmes for the cultural actors in Norway. The involvement of the Arts Council Norway has ensured that the Programme proposal also takes into account the specificities of the Norwegian cultural field and cultural administration.
Programme areas within the priority sector for 'Protecting cultural heritage':
Programmes within this programme area will contribute to safe-guard, conserve and make publicly accessible cultural and natural heritage for future generations.
Programmes within this programme area will contribute to increased cultural dialogue and fostered European identity through understanding of cultural diversity.
Read more about the EEA grants: http://eeagrants.org and here: http://www.regjeringen.no/en/topics/european-policy/norwaygrants/id115262/