NORDBUK children and youth programme


NORDBUK grant programme

The program supports children and young people’s own projects and wants to strengthen their organization, influence and participation in political, cultural and social activities.

The programme target group is children and young people up to the age of 30.

The Nordic Committee for Children and Young People is an advisory and coordinating body on all children and young people issues in the Nordic Council of Ministers. Nordic Culture Point manages the NORDBUK grant programme on behalf of the Committee.

Which activities are funded?

You can apply for support for projects or networks that consist of cultural, political or social activities where children and young people participate in person and are able to have a say in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the project. Project partners should always encourage democratic participation and ensure that children and young people involved in the project gain greater influence on the project.

For example, a project may entail:

  • Networks. Either individual or a series of network activities, such as meetings, conferences, workshops, camps, courses or other activities designed to further develop and strengthen partnerships, provide opportunities to exchange experiences and to share resources for advocacy efforts.
  • Production. This can be e.g. meetings, processes, information material, methodology material, reports, digital storytelling or works of art. The purpose of which is to make children and young people more aware of and their right to participate and influence.
  • Projects. Projects can also work towards reducing inequality between genders, to strengthen a specific group of children or young people, or to meet one or several of the UN sustainability goals, Agenda 2030.

Funding cannot be granted to:

  • organisations or networks that neither consist of, nor have experience of, inclusive work with children and young people;
  • individuals;
  • sports organisations;
  • commercial projects or commercial activities that aim to generate a financial profit;
  • normal operating procedures, such as the purchase of equipment, furniture or to pay salaries not directly linked to the project;
  • international activities, other than in the Baltic countries or northwest Russia;
  • projects that have been started before a decision on the application has been made and notified to the applicant.


You can apply for grants from € 7,500−25,000. In addition to the sum applied for, at least 15% of the funding must come from another source, and may consist of “in-kind financing”.

The total amount applied for may not, accordingly, exceed 85% of your total project costs. This also applies if you apply to other Nordic organisations. Other Nordic organisations include the Nordic Culture Fund and NordPlus, for example.

In-kind financing means the provision of goods or services rather than money can count towards project financing. For instance, voluntary work can be included in the budget. All calculations are to be specified in the application budget, and the total must be able to be considered reasonable for implementing the project. For an example of how to produce a detailed budget appendix – please see here.

Who can apply?

Grants can be awarded to:

  • organisations, groups, municipalities, institutions, associations and networks.

Applicants do not have to fall within the age limit, but must represent a party that either consists of, or has experience of involving children and young people.

The project applicant must reside in one of the Nordic countries.

The project must consist of some form of cooperation between at least three (3) Nordic countries. I.e. three or more of the following countries must be represented in the project group: Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and/or the Åland Islands.

It is also considered particularly important if the project involves cooperation with parties from Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Åland or the North Calotte. In this context, the North Calotte means: the counties of Finnmark, Nordland and Troms in Norway, Norrbotten County in Sweden and the Lappi Region in Finland.

In addition to the above, cooperation with Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and northwest Russia can be included in the application. In this context northwest Russia means: Archangel Oblast, Kaliningrad Oblast, Leningrad Oblast, Murmansk Oblast, Pskov Oblast, Republic of Karelia and the city of St. Petersburg.


How is an application assessed?

An assessment is based on the above criteria and how well the project manages to communicate the following basic requirements and then priority areas.

Involvement and influence of children and young people

The project should involve children and young people to the greatest extent possible in all parts of the project, from concept development to evaluation. An assessment will be made of the extent of participation and decision making involvement in the project by children and young people, and how well the project has anchored itself with the target group.

The assessment will take into consideration opportunities for the target group to participate in and influence the project, particularly if the project is aimed at very young children and/or involves different groups of vulnerable or at-risk children and young people.

Nordic benefits

The project seeks to promote Nordic meetings and partnerships. This can mean that the project group and participants are able to build a larger Nordic contact network, that they show each other new ways of working or gain a better understanding of Nordic neighbouring countries and their cultures.

It is also considered a Nordic benefit if the project contributes to new partnerships, long-term results or a greater interaction between Nordic youth, which they consider as relevant and which makes a positive contribution to their role in Nordic culture, politics or societies.

Prioritisation: As the programme has limited resources we may, on occasion, need to prioritise between several projects that can be considered eligible for support in accordance with the criteria listed above. It is therefore important you also communicate whether or not your project also includes any of the following listed below.

Inclusion and focus on increased representation

The project has a focus on inclusion and support for children and young people that can be considered to be underrepresented in the project group’s activities or in project work in the field of culture, politics or social work. This can, for example, concern including more ethnic or sexual minorities, immigrant children and young people or refugees that have been subjected to assault or violence, have or are at risk of physical or mental ill-health, that neither work nor study, or that are not given access to culture or experience online abuse.

Equality and sustainable development

The project should have a clear goal of promoting greater equality between the genders and/or sustainable development, such as achieving the UN global sustainability goals in the Nordic counties. This should be in accordance with the Nordic Council of Ministers’ programme on gender equality and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ strategy for sustainable development.

Agenda 2030

Projects wanting to apply for the extra funding indicate this in the application. As usual, it is assessed how children and young people decide in the project and then how the project motivates the chosen approach that aims to increase the usability and knowledge of either Goal 12 or the 17 goals as a whole.

General information about the programme:

Please note that the application deadline is 15:59, Finnish time. Granted projects may begin 5 weeks after the application deadline within NORDBUK grant programme.

Application rounds:
02.01.2020 – 03.02.2020 15:59
03.04.2020 – 04.05.2020 15:59
03.09.2020 – 02.10.2020 15:59

Please find the further information about the programme as well as the application form on the NORDBUK grant programme website.


Brigita Urmanaitė
The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania
Didžioji 5, Vilnius
tel. +370 685 55138