The Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme provides a framework for regions to work together with a focus on promoting sustainable development in remote and sparsely populated communities. The Programme area covers Northern and Eastern Finland, Northern and Western Regions of Ireland, and Northern Sweden. Outside the EU, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, and Northern parts of Norway belong to the Programme area.

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EU Budget

Funding for the 2021-2027 period is €51.5 million ERDF (up to 65% support per project).

Eligible areas

Counties Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Galway, and Galway City, Clare, Tipperary, Limerick City and County, Kerry, Cork and Cork City.

Priority axes

Priority 1: Strengthening the innovation capacity for resilient and attractive NPA communities

Objective 1.1 Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies

Objective 1.2 Reaping the benefits of digitisation for citizens, companies, research organisations and public authorities

Objective 1.3 Enhancing sustainable growth & competitiveness of SMEs and job creation in SMEs, including by productive investment

Priority 2: Strengthening the capacity for climate change adaptation, and resource sufficiency in NPA communities

Objective 2.1 Promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Objective 2.2 Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience, taking into account ecosystem based approaches

Objective 2.3 Promoting the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy

Priority 3: Strengthening the organisational capacity among NPA communities to make use of cooperation opportunities

Objective 3.1 Enhance institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders to implement macro-regional strategies and sea-basin strategies, as well as other territorial strategies


Patrick Devine 

Northern & Western Regional Assembly

The Square, Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon. Tel: 094 9862970