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1 The Norwegian contribution to Bulgarian culture and education – funding mechanisms, scholarships and assistance The Royal Norwegian Embassy 13th December 2011, Sofia University ”St. Kliment Ohridski”

2 2 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt The Norwegian contribution to Bulgarian culture and education  Financial support under the EEA Financial Mechanism  Small-scale grants offered by the Embassy  Funding opportunities by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry  Translation subsidies  Other funding sources

3 3 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt The EEA Grants  The EEA Financial Mechanism is funded by 3 donor states – Norway (95%), Iceland and Liechtenstein  Overall objectives – reduce social and economic disparities in Europe, strengthen bilateral relations  Bulgaria participates in the EEA Financial Mechanism since 2007  Funding provided in mln euro, based on an intergovernmental agreement

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5 5 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Funding under the EEA Grants Cultural heritage  Almost 5 mln euro dedicated to projects preserving Bulgaria’s cultural heritage  11 supported projects, implemented by municipal and regional administrations, cultural institutions, NGOs  Exchange of experience and improved cooperation with Norwegian partner organizations

6 6 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art

7 7 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Restoration of the Shumen Fortress

8 8 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt National Library ”St.Cyril and Methodius” Digitalizing and preserving the written legacy of Bulgaria

9 9 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Funding under the EEA Grants Scholarships  Almost euro dedicated to a special Scholarship Fund  Opportunity for students and academic staff to participate in exchange programmes with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein  3 calls for proposals launched in 2009 – 2011 by the Fund Intermediary - Ministry of Education, Youth and Science, International and European Cooperation Directorate More information at

10 10 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Funding under the EEA Grants New financial period  A new financial period of EEA Grants is agreed – Bulgaria will receive 78,6 mln. euro for  A programme approach is introduced – 8 thematic programmes will be developed  The preparation and the implementation of each programme is assigned to a Programme Operator  Conservation of cultural heritage and support to student and academic mobility remain a priority

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12 12 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Funding under the EEA Grants Cultural heritage  The designated Programme Operator for the Cultural heritage programme is the Ministry of Culture with support from the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works  Up to 2,5 mln. euro are envisaged for phase II of SAMCA project  Not less than euro shall be set aside for a small grants scheme for promotion of diversity in culture and arts, including cultural exchange between the Donor States and Bulgaria.

13 13 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Funding under the EEA Grants Scholarships  The designated Programme Operator for the Scholarship programme is the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science  Overall objective - enhanced human capital and knowledge base in the Beneficiary States  Total funding – 1,5 mln. euro  Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU) will function as a lead Donor Programme Partner.

14 14 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt EEA Grants – next steps  Preparation of programme proposals and sending them for approval by the EEA Grants secretariat in Brussels (FMO) – Feb  Approval of the programme proposals – June 2012  Launching of the new programmes – July/August 2012

15 15 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt The Embassy’s small-scale grants programme  Goals: promoting Norwegian culture, art, politics and values in Bulgaria  The Embassy’s priorities in 2012: –Focus on youth and children –Response to climate change –Women and literature –Contemporary art forms

16 16 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Small-scale grants  Who can apply? –institutions, organizations or individuals who act as organizers of the event  What is the Embassy’s role? –partial funding, contact with Norwegian partners, logistic assistance, promotion assistance  What is the maximum grant amount? –1500 BGN

17 17 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Standard funding mechanisms by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs  Music  Performing arts  Arts and crafts  Visual arts  Architecture and design

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19 19 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt  What is the role of the Embassy? Identifying & contact with Norwegian artists and organizations Logistic assistance & promotion of the event  What is the grant amount? Depending on the project Standard funding mechanisms by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

20 20 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Examples  Concert with composer Synne Skouen in October 2011:2900 NOK  Concert with composer Morten Gaathaug in May 2012: NOK  Artist Ellen Ringstad at the Paper Art Fest 2011: NOK Standard funding mechanisms by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Artist Ellen Ringstad and her paper sculpture “Information Overload” displayed at the National Gallery for Foreign Art in Sofia

21 21 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Translation subsidy for Norwegian books provided by NORLA  Translation subsidies to publishers of Norwegian literature abroad, both fiction and non-fiction  Travel grants for Norwegian authors and their translators  Promotional subsidies for sample translations and presentations of authors  Translation subsidies for dramatic works

22 22 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Other sources for funding cultural events  Nordic Culture Fund (Nordisk kulturfond) – funding for common Nordic initiatives involving at least 3 Nordic countries  The EU’s Culture programme ( ), incl. translation subsidies. Administered by the Cultural Contact Point at the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture. ec.europa.eu/culture

23 23 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Scholarships for studying in Norway  University of Oslo – summer courses in a variety of subjects, including Norwegian language and culture  University of Bergen – summer course in Norwegian language and culture  University of Agder (Senter for norskstudier i utlandet) – summer course in Norwegian language; exchange of teachers in Norwegian; assistance & guidance to Norwegian teachers and universities abroad aniora_og_pedagogikk/nettverk_og_sentre/senter_for _norskstudier_i_utlandet

24 24 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Scholarships for studying in Norway The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU) offers:  Semester grants – bachelor, master and Ph.D. students in various research fields connected with Norway  Teaching grants – cover study-related expenses, like books, films, CDs, subscription to publications and software, teaching materials etc.  Grants for regional conferences, meetings and seminars  NB! Observe the deadlines

25 25 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Scholarships for studying in Norway The Research Council of Norway offers:  Young Guest and Doctoral Researchers' Annual Scholarships for Investigation and Learning in Norway (YGGDRASIL)

26 26 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Useful links

27 27 Ambassade, sted, tid og avsender Tema 16 pkt Contact information Royal Norwegian Embassy Sofia 26 – 30 Bacho Kiro Str. Phone: 02/ Ivan Tenev – Cultural Affairs Officer


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