NGO cooperation in the Baltic Sea region

Scope of the programme
An annual budget of approximately DKK 6 million (0.8 mio EUR) has been earmarked for the Nordic Council of Ministers' Programme for NGOs in the Baltic Sea Region (the NGO programme).

Programme objectives
The applicant must clearly describe the objectives of the project and how it is planned to achieve them. The objectives must correspond to those stipulated in NCM guidelines for co-operation with Northwest Russia, Belarus and the Baltic countries (see below):

Who can apply, who can join 
Grants are available for NGO’s from Russia, Belarus, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Greenland, Faroe Islands and Åland Islands.

It is a formal requirement that the applicant and relevant partners are Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The programme defines NGOs as “non-profit, publicly anchored, civic organisations that are neither owned nor controlled by public authorities, nor by private companies, and which have an open and democratic structure”.

Projects under the auspices of the NGO programme must have - including the applicant - at least

  • one partner in the Nordic Region,
  • one partner from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, or Poland, and
  • one partner from Northwest Russia, or Belarus. 

In other words, at least three NGOs must be involved in a project for it to be eligible for funding.

Proposals exceeding these requirements will be given priority.

Type of project activities
The Nordic Council of Ministers launched this NGO programme in 2006 to promote co-operation between Nordic, Baltic, Polish, Belarusian and Russian NGOs. The focus areas were and are:

  • Social and health
  • Culture
  • ŸEnvironment
  • ŸDevelopment of democracy

The applicant must describe how achieved results will be used and how the project co-operation can be sustained also when funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers has ended. The proposals containing a description of follow-up activities will be viewed positively. There should also be coherence between the project objectives and partnerships; and a high level of involvement of all partners within the project and during the design process will be viewed favourably.

The funding should be focused on launching new initiatives that have the possibility to continue after the specific project has come to an end.

Applications must include details of the NGOs' own input towards launching and running the project.

Proposals with part of budget financed by the applicant or a third party will be viewed favourably.

Co-funding may be given as a monetary contribution, either directly by the applicant or indirectly through a third party (organisation/partner/donor/authority) towards the project.

To be considered as co-funding, the contribution need to be directly linked to the budgetary framework provided and be an integral part of the application and the specific activities within this and provided before or during the implementation period. In-kind contributions, such as use of space, staff time or equipment, are not considered as co-funding.

Grant amount
Grants per project will vary in size according to the scope of the planned activity, number of partners, etc., but usually do not exceed DKK 500,000 per year.

How and when to apply
There is an online application form to fill-in that opens a months before deadline.

The next round will be in the spring 2019. The final date hasn’t been announced here in September 2018.

More information
See the programme website:

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