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The Polish Cultural Exchange Fund

  • The Polish €10.6 million Cultural Exchange Fund supports partnership projects between Poland and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway within the field of music and performing arts, cultural heritage, plastic and visual arts, literature and archives.

    The fund, which is supported with a €9.5 million grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and the remaining 10% from the Polish government, support cultural projects based on cooperation between Polish players and entities from the donor states.

    The purpose of the fund is to support the cultural exchange between Poland and the EEA EFTA countries, with the overall objective of strengthening dialogue and cultural co-operation. Through five open calls, grants are awarded to projects within the fields of music and performing arts, cultural heritage, plastic and visual arts, and literature and archives. The first four open calls awarded grants to 57 projects. The application deadline for the fifth and last open call was 30 April 2010.

    At the launch event at Warsaw's Royal Castle, Norway's Minister of Culture and Church Affairs, Trond Giske, said Poland and Norway should congratulate each other on the opportunities the cultural exchange fund would provide. "I am positive that the fund will strengthen and broaden our cultural ties", Giske said.

    Photo: Lars-Erik Hauge, NMFA

       
  • Country:

    Poland


    Project title:

    The Cultural Exchange Fund under the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism

    Case number:

    PL0221

    Priority sector:

    Conservation of European cultural heritage

    Status:

    Concluded

    Type & project assistance:

    Block Grant

    Project duration:

    53 months

    Project cost:

    € 10,572,298

    Grant rate:

    90%

    Grant agreement date:

    21 March 2008

    The purpose of the Fund is to support the cultural exchange between Poland and the EEA EFTA countries, with the overall objective of strengthening dialogue and cultural co-operation. Reference is made to the application, dated 18 September 2007, and additional information provided by the Focal Point on 14 November 2007.



    The completed Fund shall include the following activities and results:

    - grants in the field of music and performing arts; cultural heritage; plastic and visual arts; and literature and archives.

    - management of the Fund (including publicity);



    The Intermediary is the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.



    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Intermediary provides at least 10 percent of the estimated eligible cost of the Fund.