Programme Operator: The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
Programme partner: Arts Council Norway

About funded projects:


Fruitful cooperation between cultural organizations of Lithuania, Norway and Iceland, dissemination of professional art and culture in the regions, a strong focus on culture education activities and high financial support for projects – these are the distinctive features of the programme.

Lithuania benefits from the EEA Grants for the second time (the first funding period finished in 2011), yet it is the first time when cultural heritage is not the only object of support for culture.

The programme „Promotion of diversity in culture and arts within European cultural heritage” offered support in all fields of culture except for film production. It was available for all Lithuanian organizations operating in the culture sector that aimed to cooperate with cultural organizations from one or more Donor states – Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

The search of potential partners was facilitated through the fund for bilateral relations that covered the costs of cultural workers’ exchange visits with an aim to establish partnerships and develop project proposals. Based on the evaluation of Lithuanian and Norwegian experts, the funds of the Programme were allocated to 11 projects. These are being implemented in the fields of music, dissemination of cultural heritage, artists’ residencies, interdisciplinary art, dance and cinema education. Project operators included both, well experienced organizations and those willing to acquire more international experience.

Objectives of the programme:

  • to encourage Lithuanian cultural organisations to participate in international cooperation projects and to initiate them;
  • to stimulate the dissemination of professional art in the regions.

Main requirements:

  • To implement a project in cooperation with at least one cultural organization from the Donor state;
  • To present results of the project in no less than 2 regions of Lithuania and at least once in the partner’s country (applied for coproduction projects).

Participating countries:

  • Lithuania, Norway, Iceland.

Projects’ implementation period:

  • April 2015 – April 2017.

Projects’ duration:

  • from 7 to 24 months (average duration – 15 months).

Budget for projects:

  • € 1.015.384

Rate and size of the support:

  • up to 85 % of the project’s costs (on average – 82 %)
  • for projects of international creative co-production – from €15 000 to €40 000
  • for projects of international cultural cooperation - from €40 000 to €150 000
  • The average support per project amounts to € 92 000.

The deadline for submission has expired, no new invitations are foreseen.


Dalia Stabrauskaitė

EEA Financial Mechanism programmes manager (Ministry of Culture)
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