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Guide for applicants

The EEA Grants and Norway Grants support projects through 150 programmes. The aim of this page is to help potential applicants find their way to relevant information on funding opportunities.

What is funded where?

In order to find relevant funding opportunities, you need to consult what is funded in your country. Each beneficiary country, in agreement with the donor countries, has chosen a set of programmes that provide grants to projects. 

All supported projects need to contribute to achieving a set of clearly defined development results. To see if your project idea may be funded you need to check the defined outcomes of the programme in question and of the relevant open call for project proposals.

Read how the EEA and Norway Grants apply results-based management

Country pages:

If you know what programme you are looking for, you may access this directly:

Who can apply?

As a basic rule, your organisation must be registered in one of the beneficiary countries. Exceptions exist for international organisations and for certain programmes.

A wide range of institutions and organisations can benefit from the funding:

  • National and local authorities
  • NGOs and civil society organisations
  • Private and public enterprises, and public-private partnerships
  • Educational and research institutions
  • Students and educational staff

Eligibility requirements vary by programme. To see if you are eligible, see the pages about each programme accessible via the country pages. Funding to support non-governmental organisations, scholarship and research programmes is subject to additional or specific rules.

How and when to apply

The funding in the form of grants is normally allocated through the publication of calls for proposals. Project proposals have to be submitted to the relevant programme operator by a certain deadline and comply with the clearly defined outcome of the call. It is not possible to apply to the EEA and Norway Grants programmes for assistance spontaneously.

Programmes will not necessarily fund the entirety of the project costs and some level of co-financing may be required. Grants are not awarded retroactively for actions that are already completed.

You can access ongoing calls in the calls overview. There are currently 19 ongoing calls.

How to involve a partner

Bilateral project partnerships with entities from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are widely encouraged. Measures are in place to facilitate networking and partner search.

  • Entities from the donor countries can become partners in projects. In several programmes partnerships are mandatory.
  • More than half of the programmes involve cooperation with partners from the donor countries. The donor programme partners may help you find a partner. Find the donor programme partner involved in your area.
  • To strengthen bilateral relations, funds are set aside in all beneficiary countries for initiatives of mutual interest and networking with the donor countries. Find out how you may be eligible for this support.

Read more about how you can become or involve a partner in a project