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EEA Grants

In the period 2009-14, the EEA Grants support 86 programmes in 16 countries in Europe. The EEA Grants are available to the 13 EU member countries that joined the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) in 2004, 2007 and 2013 as well as Greece, Spain and Portugal.

The EEA Grants are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The three countries contribute to the grant scheme according to their size and economic wealth. Of the €993.5 million set aside for the 2009-14 period, Norway represents 95.8%, Iceland 3% and Liechtenstein 1.2%. The decision-making body of the EEA Grants is the Financial Mechanism Committee, which is composed of representatives of the Foreign Ministries of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Distribution of funding

EEA Grants 15 beneficiary states Download


Areas of support

At least 30% of the funding is allocated to environmental protection, climate change measures and renewable energy. Improving energy efficiency and increasing the share of renewables in energy use is a key objective of the Grants. Funding backs projects to improve energy efficiency, develop energy efficiency initiatives for small businesses and increase renewable energy production. Curbing marine pollution, improving environmental monitoring and preserving biodiversity are also important priorities for the EEA Grants. NGO programmes worth €158 million are set up in all beneficiary countries of the EEA Grants.The funds are intended to promote a viable democratic system and respect for vulnerable groups, such as the Roma.

Programme areas

In the funding period 2009-2014, the EEA Grants support these programme areas:

Environmental protection and management

Integrated marine and inland water management

Biodiversity and ecosystem services

Environmental monitoring and integrated planning and control

Reduction of hazardous substances

Environmental and climate change-related research and technology

Climate change and renewable energy

Energy efficiency

Renewable energy

Adaptation to climate change

Civil society
NGO programmes

Human and social development

Children and youth at risk

Local and regional initiatives to reduce national inequalities and to promote social inclusion

Public health initiatives

Mainstreaming gender equality and promoting work-life balance

Institutional framework in the asylum and migration sector

Protecting cultural heritage

Conservation and revitalisation of cultural and natural heritage

Promotion of diversity in culture and arts within European cultural heritage

Research and scholarship

Research within priority sectors