EEA and Norway Grants



Location (s):

  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia


The EEA and Norway Grants are funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The Grants have two goals – to contribute to a more equal Europe, both socially and economically – and to strengthen the relations between Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and the 15 beneficiary countries in Europe.


The objective of the Grants is to reduce social and economic disparities and strengthen bilateral relations. This strengthens the internal market, leading to a more prosperous Europe.  

The foundation of the EEA and Norway Grants lies in the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement. The EEA Agreement brings Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and the EU together in a single market – often referred to as the Internal market.

There is a need to reduce economic and social disparities between the regions in the EEA in order to strengthen the internal market. This is reflected in Article 115 of the EEA Agreement. Article 116 and 117 furthermore state that Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway should establish a financial mechanism to contribute to the efforts made by the EU in that matter – this forms the basis for the EEA and Norway Grants.

The difference between the EEA Grants and the Norway Grants is the funding source. The EEA Grants are financed jointly by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The contribution of each country is based on their economic size. This means that Norway funds approximately 96% of the EEA Grants, Iceland 3% and Liechtenstein 1%. The Norway Grants on the other hand are financed by Norway alone.

All 15 beneficiary countries receive support from the EEA Grants. The Norway Grants are limited to the 13 countries which joined the EU after 2004.

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As the EEA and Norway Grants fund a wide range of topics, the eligibility criteria can vary between programmes. Each call for proposal includes detailed information on what kind of activities are funded, who can apply, the application deadline and all application instructions.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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