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Royal trusts and patronage

There is a longstanding tradition of Royal patronage. In earlier, more turbulent times, patronage often involved physical protection by bodyguards or a royal letter of protection.

Today Royal patronage serves to raise public awareness of an organisation or a specific event that supports a worthy cause.

Application for Royal patronage

Applications for Royal patronage are assessed on an ongoing basis and in relation to the Royal Family’s programme and individual areas of interest.

To be eligible for Royal patronage, an organisation must be well-established and have a sound financial status. If patronage is granted to an umbrella organisation, it will normally not apply to underlying member organisations.

Royal patronage is generally granted for a period of five years, after which an organisation must submit a new application.

Royal patronage may also be granted for individual events such as exhibitions, tours by performing troupes or conferences.

The Royal Trusts

Support may also be given more directly via grants from royal trusts. There are three Royal Trusts:

  • Crown Princess Märtha’s Memorial Fund
    The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to social and humanitarian initiatives carried out by non-governmental organisations.
  • Princess Märtha Louise's Fund
    The fund provides assistance to disabled children under the age of 16 in Norway.  Allocations are earmarked for initiatives designed to enrich the daily lives of children with disabilities.
  • The Crown Prince and Crown Princess’ Humanitarian Fund
    The Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s Foundation addresses the needs of young people who for various, often complex reasons are at risk of becoming marginalised in society. The foundation seeks to make a difference for young people in Norway.

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