Programme Implementation

Credit: Nikola Zhivkov - Youth Center Vratsa

The EEA and Norway Grants represent Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway’s commitment to stimulate more sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe, promote bilateral cooperation and tackle shared challenges together.

To channel the funding where it is needed the most, the Donor States and the European Union have agreed upon a set of priorities that align the Grants with the Europe 2020 strategy:

  • 1. Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness
  • 2. Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction
  • 3. Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy
  • 4. Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance, and Fundamental Rights and Freedoms
  • 5. Justice and Home Affairs

In 2022, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway continued to deliver on their commitment through the EEA and Norway Grants. Following the agreements on the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 with the EU in 2016, the three Donor States have signed cooperation agreements or Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with 15 Beneficiary States.

Thematic programmes were developed for each of the five priority sectors. By the end of 2022, all programmes were being implemented. Since 2017, 580 calls for project proposals have been launched, 71 of which were in 2022 alone.

On 21 December 2020, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway signed MoUs with Hungary. However, the Donor States did not reach an agreement with Hungary on the appointment of a Fund Operator to manage the funding for civil society. Consequently, and as foreseen in the cooperation agreements, no programmes are being implemented in Hungary under the EEA and Norway Grants during the 2014-2021 funding period.

Find out more about the grants programmes in the Blue Book.
Blue Book

By the end of 2022

Credit: IOM Bulgaria. Author: Dimitar Kutmanov
97 programme agreements signed1
580 calls launched2 (64 are bilateral)
676 bilateral initiatives
  1. 1Out of 97 programme agreements, 48 were signed for the EEA Grants, 24 for the Norway Grants, and 25 for the EEA and Norway Grants.
  2. 2351 calls for proposals were launched through the EEA Grants, 216 through the Norway Grants, and 13 through the EEA and Norway Grants.

Number of projects
with partners in the
Donors States:


Credit: SLLC “Rigas cirks”. Author: Lauris Viksne
2,066 projects 1,032 different partners
419 projects 237 different partners


Credit: Chochołowskie Termy


Credit: Association “Mākslas centrs NOASS”. Author: Evija Dambrovska
29 projects 10 different partners