The Nordic Council of Ministers’ programs

Open Call Funding Opportunity for Nordic-Russian co-operation

The Open Call and Civil Society & Human Rights Initiative for Nordic- Russian co-operation provide a funding opportunity for co-operation and networking projects. The projects must involve partners from the Nordic countries and from seven regional areas in Northwest Russia. Both authorities, universities and civil society organizations etc. can participate in the projects, which include topics such as innovation, energy, environment, climate change, inclusion, human rights, social affairs, and indigenous peoples.

See the program: https://www.norden.org/en/funding-opportunities/nordic-council-ministers-open-call-funding-opportunity-nordic-russian-co

Open call for environmental and climate co-operation in Northwest Russia

Grant financing can be awarded to partnerships between Nordic non-commercial institutions, organisations or authorities on regional and municipal levels, and their corresponding qualified partners located in Northwest Russia.

PECC is financed jointly by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Barents Hot Spots.

Main sectors for this open call are:

  • Use of renewable energy sources
  • Energy saving and improved energy-efficiency
  • Cleaner production and sustainable consumption
  • Sustainable city and land-use planning
  • Protection of nature
  • Waste management and hazardous waste

Projects considered will mainly be for:

  • Building networks
  • Disseminating information
  • Improving capacity
  • Investing in equipment, technology and infrastructure

The projects shall contribute to:

  • Preventing and reducing pollution
  • Reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances
  • Improving biodiversity and protecting endangered species
  • Increasing capacity for dealing with ecological disasters and emergencies

See the program: https://www.norden.org/en/news/open-call-environmental-and-climate-co-operation-northwest-russia

Nordic funding for Russian-language media in the Baltic countries

The Russian-speaking minorities of the Baltic countries are increasingly dependent on media content from Russia. Considering the social integration of linguistic minorities, this is a worrying trend. Since 2015, the Nordic Council of Ministers has funded independent Russian-language media outlets in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

The Nordic Committee for Co-operation discussed the Baltic media programme at its meeting on 28 October, and decided to set aside just over DKK 2 million to continue the programme until the end of 2021.

“It is in the Nordic Region’s interest to support initiatives in the Baltic countries that promote the ability of Russian-speaking minorities to participate in the social development of countries around the Baltic Sea,” says the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers Paula Lehtomäki.

The media programmes of the Baltic countries have so far followed three parallel paths. The further training of journalists, media awareness for young people, and the funding of independent media production. The programmes now being funded focus solely on media production funding.

Targeted at quality domestic media production

Funding is awarded on an application basis and is given to high-quality journalistic production in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in the Russian language. The objective of this is to support the Russian-speaking population’s integration in local society, and to enable Russian speakers to actively engage in political decisions, discussions, and debates.

A separate funding programme for Estonia’s public service broadcaster ETV for the Russian-language television channel ETV+ will also continue.

See the program: https://www.norden.org/en/news/nordic-funding-russian-language-media-baltic-countries

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