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Poland's cultural heritage
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Call for proposals: Polish cultural heritage

To conserve, revitalise and protect Poland’s cultural and natural heritage, a call for proposals has been launched with a deadline for applications of 16 September 2013.

Poland’s cultural sector is also a significant contributor to economic growth and job creation. However, many cultural sites are in need of restoration and modernisation. The programme aims to ensure that cultural and natural heritage is safeguarded for future generations, conserved and made publicly accessible.

Safeguarding heritage

Almost 63 000 buildings and sites are included in the national register of historical monuments, and 42% of these need renovation and conservation. The programme will support the restoration and conservation of a part of Poland’s diverse cultural heritage and it will stimulate people’s access to this heritage, for example through the use of new technologies.

The programme will:
• Contribute to at least seven projects aiming to restore cultural heritage objects;
• Stimulate the development of at least two new museums/cultural centres providing people with greater access to culture;
• Support the use of digital technology to gear up people’s access to cultural heritage;
• Promote the development of greater awareness about cultural diversity and minority cultures. This will contribute to a greater understanding between communities and to social cohesion.

Under the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014, €70 million is earmarked for conserving and revitalising Poland’s cultural and natural heritage. The call will distribute €74 842 794 to selected projects developed under the programme, including national co-financing of the programme. The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage is the programme operator.

You can find out more on how to apply or become a project partner here.

Focus on bilateral ties

The programme has a strong focus on strengthening bilateral ties, for instance by developing long-term institutional partnerships and collaborations between the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage and the Polish National Heritage Board, and by fostering bilateral partnerships within supported projects and strengthening the development of partnerships.

The programme operator has set aside a share of the programme’s allocation for the Bilateral Cooperation Fund during its implementation.

Calls for proposals are published continuously in our call for proposals calendar.