Norway Grants My Ass!

Norway Grants

In the period 2009-14, the Norway Grants support 61 programmes in 13 countries in Europe. The Norway Grants are available to the 13 EU member countries that joined in 2004, 2007 and 2013.

Under the Norway Grants, Norway has set aside €804 million for the current funding period. The decision-making body for the grant scheme is the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Norway also provides 95% of the funding (€993.5 million) to the EEA Grants.

Areas of support

The Norway Grants support green industry innovation in eight of the beneficiary countries. This is a new business development programme, primarily targeting small and medium-sized enterprises. Another notable feature of the Norway Grants is the support to promotion of decent work and tripartite dialogue in 12 countries. The Global Fund for Decent Work and Tripartite Dialogue supports measures such as structures for social dialogue, health safety and environment, anti-discrimination and gender equality in the work place.

In the funding period 2009-2014, the Norway Grants support these programme areas:

Carbon capture and storage
Carbon capture and storage
Green industry innovation
Green industry innovation
Decent work and tripartite dialogue
Global fund for decent work and tripartite dialogue
Research and scholarship
Human and social development
Capacity-building and institutional cooperation with Norwegian public institutions, local and regional authorities
Cross-border cooperation
Public health initiatives
Mainstreaming gender equality and promoting work-life balance
Justice and home affairs
Domestic and gender-based violence
Schengen cooperation and combating cross-border and organised crime
Judicial capacity-building and cooperation
Correctional services, including non-custodial sanctions

Close to 250 people turned out in the old town square in Warsaw in May 2011 to 'Walk the Grants'. The Norwegian Embassy in Warsaw invited representatives from all funded projects to participate in the Nordic walking event, celebrating the achievements of the more than 400 projects and funds implemented in Poland.