Achievements in Slovakia 2004-2009
In the environmental sector, the Grants made considerable investments in waste and water management, including flood protection in a number of villages and areas. Funding was also channelled towards renewable energy and energy-effi ciency measures, such as the installation of biomass boilers and modern thermo insulation in numerous public buildings, among them five secondary schools in the region of Košice, the central heating plant in Rohožník and the Imprisonment Institution Zeliezovce. Renewable energy production increased by 12 700 MWh/year, and CO2 emissions fell by 5 100 tonnes in Slovakia. The Grants also contributed to safeguarding biodiversity.
In the cultural heritage sector, support was concentrated on the renovation of historical buildings such as the Reduta, one of Bratislava’s most important cultural buildings. Since the early 1900s it has hosted numerous important cultural events and has housed the Slovak Philharmonic since the early 1950s. The Grants have also financed the establishment of a worksite for the digitisation of manuscripts and prints to ensure long-term preservation and broad accessibility of movable cultural heritage objects in Slovakia. The Grants have contributed to making several cultural heritage sites and around 10 000 items available to the public, 30 new exhibition spaces have been created and more than 35 000 items digitised.
In the human resource developmentsector, projects focused on the inclusion of disadvantaged groups and education activities. A talent training programme was funded to support the artistic development and education for Roma children and youth from poor, deprived families. The programme normally relies on individual donations towards a specific child. But thanks to this grant, the organisation PRO DONUM was able to initiate a large-scale pilot programme for 100 children in the Roma settlement in Jarovnice.
Close to 7 000 children and adolescents and around 2 650 people from disadvantaged groups benefited from the projects in Slovakia. Nineteen projects were implemented in cooperation between Slovak project promoters and partners from Iceland or Norway, including the establishment of the Crisis Centre for Protection and Support of Victims of Domestic Violence in Považská Bystrica, with support from the Secretariat of the Shelter Movement, Norway. A number of regional and cross-border projects were also conducted as partnerships, such as the involvement of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in the establishment of a centre for cooperation between Norwegian, Slovak and Ukrainian researchers. The Icelandic Centre for Life- long Education and the Norwegian Associ ation for Distance Education contributed to a project to improve the quality of public-service provisionof regional and local bodies as well as NGOs.