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Conservation and revitalisation of cultural and natural heritage

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway support conservation of cultural heritage programmes in 14 beneficiary countries - Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. Each programme, while sharing the same overall objective, is tailor-made to align with national needs and wider EU and donor country priorities.

Culture is an important factor in socio-economic development. Investing in cultural heritage not only supports employment during restoration work but also has a direct impact on the growth of cultural tourism. This brings long-term social and economic benefits, especially to local communities.

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to preserving and revitalising cultural and natural heritage to promote the sustainability of local commuities and increase public accessibility. The grants schemes place a considerable emphasis on promoting the cultural heritage of minorities.

What is the objective of the programme?

  • Cultural and natural heritage for future generations safeguarded and conserved and made publicly accessible

What are the expected results?

  • Cultural heritage restored renovated and protected
  • Cultural history documented
  • Local communities furthered developed and economically sustainable livelihoods established through the revitalisation of cultural and natural heritage
  • Cultural heritage made accessible to the public

Priorities, funded activities and eligibility criteria vary by programme. Read more detailed information in the individual programme summary for each country: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.

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