Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund has up to NOK 16 million disposable for project support in 2016.


Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund's purpose is to ensure that Svalbard's distinctive wilderness character and the unique cultural heritage is preserved as the basis of experience, knowledge and wealth creation. Visitors to Svalbard pay an environmental tax and the revenue from the fee goes to Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund. The fund also get their income from fees for hunting and fishing licenses and fees and fines under the Svalbard Environmental Protection Act.

What can fund assets be used for?

The fund's assets may only be used for initiatives in Svalbard whose purpose is to protect the environment through conservation and protection of natural environment, cultural heritage, and to projects with training and information purposes, cf. § 2 of the Statute of the Fund and regulations for grants from the Svalbard environmental Protection Fund.

Main priorities in 2016

  • Projects which ensure knowledge of climate change impacts on the natural environment, cultural heritage and community planning

  • Projects that promote measures to protect the cultural heritage, particularly targeting industrial heritage

  • Projects that promote knowledge of climate change impact on travel patterns

  • Projects that contribute to spread good environmental information and develop new dissemination measures, particularly among children and young people

  • Projects that contribute to increasing knowledge about Svalbard's natural and cultural environment among residents and visitors

  • Projects that promote sustainable tourism, recreation and adventure, particularly aimed at creating experiences around the larger settlements

  • Projects that are intended to ensure proper harvesting of wildlife and fish populations on Svalbard and to improve the knowledge base for harvesting

  • Projects that promote the environment through urban development, waste remediation and the prevention and reduction of pollution and waste in the settlements.

Knowledge needs

Miljødirektoratet, Riksantikvaren and the Governor have together prepared an overview of the environmental administration knowledge required on Svalbard. The overview is a guide that can be useful in relation to applications for support for research. Research project must demonstrate the management relevance, to what extent they cover knowledge needs as well as the overall environmental targets the project will help to meet. MOSJ reports for terrestrial and marine environment also shows possible knowledge needs. The overview is only written in Norwegian.


Applicants for grants from the Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund may be private individuals, companies, NGOs and government entities. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Secretariat if there is a need for guidance in the application process.


The application must be submitted through the online application center. Applicants must describe the purpose and content of the project implementation plan, budget, financing and application amount. Everyone applying for support must create their own profile in the application center to access the application form. The application system is only available in Norwegian, but there are English guidelines available. It is  possible to submit applications and attachments in English. 

Remember that all permits and attachments must be submitted together with the application.

Application deadline: 1. February 2016.

Allocation of grants for environmental protection projects happens twice a year. Spring's announcement is the fund's 18th round of allocation. Allocation decisions are made by the board of Svalbard Environmental Fund 15. April 2016.

The allocation set subject to parliamentary approval of the budget.