Svalbard environmental protection fund has up to NOK 19 million for project support in 2017.

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 fee, and the revenue from the fee goes to Svalbard environmental protection fund. The fund also gets income from fees for hunting and fishing cards and fees and fines under the Svalbard Environmental Protection Act.

The fund's resources can only be used for initiatives in Svalbard with the purpose of protecting the natural environment and 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 2017

  • Projects that promote sustainable tourism, recreation and experience, especially aimed at creating experiences around the larger settlements within Management area 10 with particular emphasis on the Isfjord area.
  • Projects which ensure knowledge of climate change impact on the natural environment, cultural heritage and community planning.
  • Projects that promote measures to protect the cultural heritage, including projects that promote preventive measures to counteract rot or erosion.
  • Projects that contribute to spread environmental information and increase knowledge about Svalbard's natural and cultural environment among residents, including children and young people, and visitors.
  • Projects to protect natural and cultural environment through urban development, waste collection and the prevention and reduction of pollution, waste and marine litter.
  • Projects that help to improve the knowledge base for harvesting in Svalbard and contribute to proper harvesting of wildlife and fish populations.

Knowledge needs

The Norwegian Polar Institute has made an overview of knowledge needs for the environmental management in Svalbard. The overview is updated annually and available on The overview is only written in Norwegian.


Individuals, companies, NGOs and public organizations can apply for support from the fund. Applicants are encouraged to contact the secretariat if they need guidance in the application process.


Applications must be submitted through the online application centre:  Applicants must create a profile in the application centre to access the application form. Remember that all permits and attachments must be submitted together with the application. The application system is only available in Norwegian, but English guidelines are available. It is possible to submit applications and attachments in English.

For further information about the application process, please contact the secretariat or visit

Application deadline: 1. February 2017