The EU financial resources are an important source of restoration and preservation of cultural heritage objects and their adaptation to the fulfilment of tasks resulting in the rise of new socio-economic functions. The purpose of the paper is to identify the ways of the spending of EU aid funds thematically related to cultural goods with reference to the area of the beneficiary’s origin in the years 2007-2015. The study was based on the SIMIK database of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development of the Republic of Poland. The analysis of the total value and of the level of the EU co-funding shows that rural areas of the Dolnośląskie Province were beneficiaries of more than 20 % of the value of the EU co-funding for cultural heritage projects and in this respect they ranked second after the Province capital. At the same time, rural communes and small towns had the highest share of the EU funds in the total value of the projects completed during this period.