European funds

Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment

79 investments

4 billion PLN funding

2.3 billion PLN EU funding

Polish accession to the European Union expanded the possibilities of funding investments in the cultural sector. In recent years, Poland has been in the first place among the Member States of the European Union in terms of allocation and use of financial resources intended for culture, and European funds significantly altered the map of cultural investments. Thanks to them, we have completed a number of cultural heritage projects, as well as the construction and development of new cultural infrastructure, including the infrastructure of cultural education. Funding has been granted to 79 investments of cross-regional importance for a total amount of 3.93 billion PLN (including European funds for the amount of more than 2.28 billion PLN) Thanks to these funds, we can talk about a real investment boom in the Polish cultural sector.

Within the Operational Programme „Infrastructure and Environment”, the allocation of which amounts to 553.56 million EUR (approx. 2.31 billion PLN), actions within the following fields are provided for:

  • protection of monuments (the renovation of immovable monuments along with their surroundings, the conservation of movable monuments and their digitalization)
  • the development of cultural resources (facilitating the access to cultural resources, improving the functioning of cultural institutions, schools and universities).


The European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism™

  • within the Protection of the European Cultural Heritage Priority:
    34 projects
    87.8 million EUR funding
  • from the resources of the Cultural Exchange Fund
    72 projects

9.5 million EUR funding

Up to 2009 Poland has received nearly 100 million EUR for culture projects within the framework of the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. Within the Protection of the European Cultural Heritage Priority, 87.8 million EUR have been spent on investment projects. Thirty-four projects have been completed, including complex investments in monuments listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list (e.g. the fortifications in Zamość, The Krakow Cloth Hall, Old Town cellars in Warsaw).

The Cultural Exchange Fund spent 9.5 million EUR on the implementation of 72 cultural projects. A total of more than 700 cultural events took place, with more than 2,200 participating artists, and the number of spectators exceeded 500,000. Projects were implemented in Poland, as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

The Ministry of Culture, thanks to the support of the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian financial mechanism, implements two complementary programmes:

  • maintenance and revitalization of the cultural heritage - restoration funding, construction and expansion of cultural institutions, the conservation of mobile monuments and the development of digital content: 81.8 million EUR

Promotion of cultural and artistic diversity - support for „soft” projects: 11.1 million EUR

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contact details:

Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 15/17
00-071 Warszawa

Department of International Relations
phone: +48 22 42 10 240
fax: +48 22 826 19 22

Contact for journalists:
Ministry’s Information Centre
phone +48 22 42 10 555
fax: +48 22 42 10 441
e-mail: rzecznik@mkidn(dot)gov(dot)pl