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Conservation and revitalisation of cultural and natural heritage

The historical value of Europe’s cultural heritage is undisputed. The cultural sector is also a significant contributor to economic growth and job creation.

However, decades of neglect has left many cultural sites in the beneficiary countries in need of restoration and modernisation. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway's support to cultural heritage programmes in 14 beneficiary countries contributes to conserving and revitalising cultural and natural heritage and improving public accessibility.

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For applicants

Funding is available for entities registered in the 14 beneficiary countries. These may include civic associations, non-profit organisations and other public and private institutions active in the cultural field.

For partners

The Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage is involved as a donor programme partner in several programmes in this field and can assist Norwegian entities who wish to get involved. Project partnerships between entities in the donor and beneficiary countries are also encouraged.

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The river that hides a thousand secrets


A river winds its way through Ljubljana and the surrounding villages. A river that hides Slovenia’s most threatened cultural heritage. Now thousand-year-old jewelry, swords, pitchers and boats are being laboriously hauled out of the river mud, restored and exhibited.