Currently available funding
Strengthened social and economic cohesion
This Annex sets out the operational rules for the Programme. The Programme Agreement is based on the MoU, the Concept Note, and comments made by the FMC. Commitments, statements and guarantees, explicit as well as implicit, made in the Concept Note, are binding for the National Focal Point and the Programme Operator unless otherwise explicitly stipulated in the Annexes to this Programme Agreement.
The Programme Operator is the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (MEPRD). The Ministry of Culture (MC) of the Republic of Latvia is the Programme Partner. The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) is the Donor Programme Partner (DPP). The Arts Council Norway shall be involved in the implementation of the Programme through facilitation and support for bilateral partnerships related to the Programme Area ‘Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Cooperation’ under Outcome 2.
Certain tasks of the Programme Operator related to the implementation of Outcome 2 shall be delegated to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, however this does not in any way reduce or restrict the responsibility of the Programme Operator.
The host Programme Area is ‘Local Development and Poverty Reduction’ (PA10). The Programme will also provide grants within ‘Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Cooperation’ (PA14) and ‘Good Governance, Accountable Institutions, Transparency’ (PA16).
The Programme objective ‘Strengthened social and economic cohesion’ will be attained through three outcomes. The Programme shall support:
- “Strengthened economic development at local and regional level” (Outcome 1) by way of five pre-defined projects (PDPs): ‘Entrepreneurship support measures in the Latgale Planning Region’ (PDP 1), ‘Entrepreneurship support measures in the Vidzeme Planning Region’ (PDP 2), ‘Entrepreneurship support measures in the Zemgale Planning Region’ (PDP 3), ‘Entrepreneurship support measures in the Kurzeme Planning Region’(PDP 4) and ‘Entrepreneurship support measures in the Riga Planning Region’(PDP 5) and one small grants scheme (SGS) for micro and small enterprises, including self-employed persons, to implement new ideas to develop local entrepreneurship and create jobs in the Latgale region.
- “Access to professional contemporary arts and culture improved in all regions” (Outcome 2) by way of two open calls, each consisting of two components – co-creation of professional contemporary arts and culture projects and audience development.
- “Integrity and accountability of public administration at local level improved” (Outcome 3) by way of two PDPs: ‘Facilitation of inter-municipal cooperation and enhancement of good governance principles in Latvian local governments’ (PDP 6) and ‘Integration Related Measures in Mucenieki’ (PDP 7).
A maximum of € 3,000,000 of the programme grant shall be set aside for the programme area ‘Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Cooperation’. It shall aim at improving access to arts and culture and increased participation in arts and culture.
Arts Council Norway shall be actively involved in the preparation of the programme related to the programme area ‘Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Cooperation’.
The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia shall act as Programme Partner.
The programme shall facilitate business support measures at regional and local level, and networking between municipalities.
The programme shall give particular attention to facilitating development in the Latgale region.
€ 125,000 shall be allocated to the programme from the fund for bilateral relations. This does not prevent the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds from allocating additional funds to the programme.