PROGRAMME „CONSERVATION AND REVITALISATION OF CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE“

Programme Operator: The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania

Programme partner: The Directorate for Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren)

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ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

The programme was aimed at preserving a part of rich and diverse Lithuanian cultural heritage for future generations, ensuring that it is adapted to the public’s needs and increasing awareness of cultural heritage significance. The priority was given to preservation of wooden architecture, establishment of cultural heritage research centres, finalisation of works in partly restored cultural heritage objects, the fostering of etnograhic villages architecture and the Jewish heritage.

Interest in the opportunities offered by the programme was very high. There were 112 applications submitted of which only 19 received the grant. That shows a wide-spread aspiration to preserve cultural heritage and a great need for financial support. The scope of implemented projects is charactarized by wide geographic spread and a great variety of cultural heritage objects. Thanks to the 19 projects carried out, a high number of 85 cultural heritage buildings have been preserved. That includes houses in ethnographic villages, wooden villas, synagogues, churches, manors and fortresses.

The adaptation of these buildings also varies – established new cultural heritage research centres, cultural venues, museums, restored buildings of sacral and residential purpose. Objects become important meeting places, have an impact on the vitality of  localities, contribute to the creation of new opportunities. Majority of projects (84 %) have been carried out outside the biggest cities. Projects have been implemented by municipalities, public, budgetary institutions and private companies.

Cultural heritage is valued and protected when people know and understand it. As a result, the program focuses very much on the cultivation of cultural heritage. Project promoters have organized around a hundred different theoretical and practical events for the public. Theoretical lectures, excursions, seminars and conferences have helped to better understand the surrounding environment and understand the significance of cultural heritage. Practical training has strengthened the knowledge and ability of craftsmen,  future craftsmen, cultural heritage owners and other participants in the application of traditional materials and technologies appropriate for the maintenance and management of cultural heritage.

The programme was aimed at preserving a part of rich and diverse Lithuanian cultural heritage for future generations, ensuring that it is adapted to the public’s needs and increasing awareness of cultural heritage significance. The priority was given to preservation of wooden architecture, establishment of cultural heritage research centres, finalisation of works in partly restored cultural heritage objects, the fostering of etnograhic villages architecture and the Jewish heritage.

Projects implementation period:

July, 2014 – April, 2017. Average duration of a project: 2,5 years

Budget to support projects:

EUR 9.402.398 (8 mln. Eur – EEA Grants, 1,4 mln. Eur – Lithuanian state budget funds)

Average support per project: 500 thousand euros

Support intensity:

  • Up to 90 % of a project value
  • It was possible to receive from 200.000 EUR to 700.000 EUR for projects. On average, 500.000 EUR were allocated to one project.

More information: eeagrants@lrkm.lt

The deadline for submission has expired. No new invitations are foreseen.

Contacts

Dalia Stabrauskaitė

EEA Financial Mechanism programmes manager (Ministry of Culture)

Marius Navadunskis

EEA and Norway programmes senior project manager (The Central Project Management Agency)
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