Funding from Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund


Every year, the fund allocates MNOK 10 to 25 to different projects within environmental protection and cultural heritage. Individuals, companies and organizations can apply for funding.

The cable car station is one of the most characteristic and important cultural monuments from mining in Longyearbyen. The center was commissioned in 1957 and was in operation until 1987.

The Ivory Gull is an arctic species that lives in ice-filled waters throughout the year. The species nest in the northern parts of Canada, Greenland, Svalbard and Russia. The global stock is estimated at between 8.500 and 11.000 pairs. The species is categorized as "Vulnerable" on the Red List for Svalbard. The population of Ivory Gulls in the Arctic is in decline and under pressure from long-range pollution and climate change. Photo: Frede Lamo

Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund receives its income primarily through the environmental tax that all of Svalbard’s visitors pay. The fund offers grants to different projects that aim to examine, conserve or restore the environment or cultural heritage on Svalbard. The fund also supports initiatives that contribute to a more environmentally friendly social or commercial development.


Anyone and everyone with a project with one or more of these purposes can apply for support from the fund. Granted funds can only be used on Svalbard.


To apply for funding, you need to access the electronic application form.