What are the EEA and Norway Grants?

The EEA and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and strengthening bilateral relations with 15 EU countries in Central Europe, Southern Europe, and the Balkans. Norway provides 97% of the funding.


Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are partners with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). This enables the free movement of goods, services, people and capital in the internal market.

The EEA Agreement also includes a common goal of reducing social and economic disparities in Europe. Through the EEA and Norway Grants, Norway contributes to this effort and to strengthening the bilateral relations between Norway and the beneficiary states.

The Grants are also contributing to strengthening fundamental European values such as democracy, tolerance and the rule of law.


The EEA and Norway Grants support development projects in priority areas such as environment and climate change, health and childcare, conservation of European cultural heritage, research and education, Schengen measures and judiciary, social dialogue and the strengthening of civil society. A number of Norwegian partners are engaged in projects and programmes. For the period 2009-2014, €1.79 billion was allocated for the Grants and funding was channelled through around 150 programmes in 15 beneficiary countries.

For the new granting period, 2014-2021, the total amount increases to €2.8 billion.

The beneficiaries are EU countries with a gross national income of 90% or less than the EU average. This makes Poland the greatest beneficiary, followed by Romania, Hungary and Czech Republic. Other countries receiving grants are Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Croatia.


  • Each beneficiary country agrees on a set of programmes with the donor countries, based on national needs and priorities and the scope for cooperation with the donor countries.
  • A National Focal Point is responsible for the overall management of programmes in each beneficiary country.
  • Programme Operators develop and manage the programmes, often in cooperation with a donor programme partner, and award funding to projects.
  • Most projects are selected following calls for proposals organised by the Programme Operator.

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