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The Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme supports transnational co-operation projects in nine programme partner regions. The eligible area includes both member state and non member state regions. These are Western Ireland, Northern Ireland (excluding Belfast & outer Belfast), designated parts of Sweden, Scotland and Finland as well as the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and parts of Norway. Western Ireland is defined as all the coastal counties along the western seaboard of Ireland (Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork)

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Eligible Area: Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020  


The programme is characterised by very sparsely populated, insular and peripheral regions with key challenges around accessibility, access to markets and harsh climatic conditions. The programme area boasts an abundance of natural resources and offers opportunities to Irish organisations to co-operate with Nordic partners on areas of common interest across a number of thematic areas.

The eligible priorities for the 2014-2020 Programme are : –


Priority 1:                   Using Innovation to maintain and develop robust and competitive communities

Priority 2:                   Promoting Entrepreneurship to realise the potential of the Programme     Area’s competitive advantage.

Priority 3:                   Fostering Energy- Secure Communities through promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Priority 4:                   Protecting, promoting and developing cultural and natural                                        heritage


The programme budget for the 2014-2020 period is €55.2m in grant support and projects involving member state partners will be assisted at a rate of 65% in grant aid. Non member state partners will be assisted at a rate between 50% and 65%.

The Programme was approved by the European Commission in December 2014. The Programme opened the first calls for proposals in 2014 and received twenty applications, thirteen of which were approved by the Programme Monitoring Committee in February 2015.

A second call for proposals is currently open until April 10th 2015. A third call will open on August 2nd 2015 and will close on October 5th 2015.

Applicants may also be interested in a Pre- Application stage which allows two partners from two partner regions to come together and apply for Preparatory Funding. Preparatory projects can be assisted up to a maximum of €45,000 in total eligible costs at a 65% grant rate. Preparatory funding supports the development of main project applications. For further information on calls for proposals and preparatory and main project application documentation please see:

Download the Northern Periphery and Arctic Co-Operation Programme Document and Programme Manual.