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:


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

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:

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