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

Cooperation, knowledge and experience sharing can be key triggers in stimulating dynamic regional development. The EU’s cohesion and regional policy is targeted towards reducing economic and social disparities between and within countries. It also promotes cooperation between regions.

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway provide complementary support to these initiatives and support programmes on local and regional initiatives in several countries. The programmes aim at strengthening social and economic cohesion at national, regional and local levels.

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For applicants

Funding is available for entities registered in the beneficiary countries with this programme. These may include, inter alia, local and regional government bodies, educational institutes, primary and secondary schools

For partners

The Council of Europe (CoE) is a partner in the programmes in Romania and Slovakia. Project partnerships between entities in the donor and beneficiary countries are also encouraged. 

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Project stories, news and features


Together against poverty


Supported through the Norway Grants, two new community centres in Iasi and Ploiesti in Romania work to provide vulnerable families with better access to basic services in education, health and social protection, including an after-school programme.

Helping people in need in Greece


Through the Solidarity Centre in Athens, around 37 000 people worst hit by the economic crisis in Greece will receive help. The Norwegian Minister for EEA and EU Affairs, Vidar Helgesen, visited the Centre this week.

New initiative offers helping hand in Greece


The EEA Grants featured recently in the Kathimerini English Edition - a daily newspaper published in Athens. Written by Ioanna Fotiadi, the article (reproduced below) tells the story of a support centre funded by the Grants soon to open in Athens.