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Programme name

Local Development

Programme objective

Strengthening social and economic cohesion by improving the quality of the environment, entrepreneurship, efficiency of public administration and living standards for all residents (including disadvantaged groups) of small and medium size towns

Programme Area

  • Local development and poverty reduction
  • Good governance
  • Responsible institutions
  • Transparency

Programme budget

EUR 117.6 million, including:

  • EUR 100 million from the EEA and Norway Grants
  • EUR 17.6 million - national contribution

Programme Operator

Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy (MFiPR)*

*Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy was created on November 15, 2019 by transforming the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development

Donor Programme Partners*

Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities / Kommunenes Sentralforbund - KS

International Partner Organization:

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

*Donor States of the EEA and Norway Grants: Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein

Eligible Beneficiaries

small and medium size towns qualified by the Strategy for Responsible Development among 255 towns with the most difficult socio-economic situation

List of eligible towns

Project funding

Grant amount

from EUR 3 million up to EUR 10 million per project selected for funding

Project funding level

up to 100% of eligible costs

Partnership at the project level with institutions from the Donor States

It is recommended to implement projects both in cross-sectoral and cross-local-government partnership (domestic and foreign – with units from Donor States).

Method of selecting projects 

I.  Calls for proposals

Subjects of the calls

  • Complex development projects (infrastructural and soft), including actions to strengthen / increase the capacity of local administration, serving the implementation of the town's long-term integrated development goals

Projects should contain multi-faceted and complementary actions. Therefore, it is recommended to take into account activities from many related fields so as to obtain a synergy effect with an increased impact on the local development of a given city. As a minimum, projects must relate to the environmental, social, economic and institutional dimensions. It is also possible (optional) in the project to refer to the dimensions: spatial, financing the city's development, cultural and intelligent city management.

Schedule of calls for proposals under the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021

Current schedule

  • The first stage of the call ended on July 22, 2019 – 55 project outlines were selected
  • The second stage of the call: January 13 – October 30, 2020 – 54 complete project proposals are currently being prepared, out of which 15 projects will be selected for funding under the Programme

Detailed information about calls for proposals under the Programme

Programme Operator's website (MFiPR)

II.  Pre-defined projects

In the frame of the Programme, one pre-defined project is financed in the field of strengthening the broadly understood management capabilities of Polish municipalities.

Project title:  Strengthening the capacity of medium and small towns in Poland to implement effective development policies

Project description:  The project provides expertise support for cities taking part in the call for proposals, implementation of modern real estate and financial management tools in municipalities, updating strategic documents, etc.

Project promoter:  Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy

Donor project partner:  Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS)

Polish project partners:  Association of Polish Cities, Institute of Urban and Regional Development

International partner organization: OECD

Grant amount: EUR 13 million

More information


1.  Signing the agreement on the "Local Development" Programme (March 25, 2019):

2.  Conference launching the "Local Development" Programme (April 25, 2019):

3.  Inauguration of the second stage of the call under the “Local Development” Programme (January 13, 2020):