Activities in Belarus

Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania is working actively to promote the development of democracy and to strengthen civil society in Belarus. The Nordic Council of Ministers office in Lithuania plays an important role in the implementation of these activities.

Priority is given to projects, which strengthen independent media and NGO sector, promote human rights, quality education, women’s and youth empowerment, raise environmental awareness as well as others. Activities are in line with principles of Nordic Vision 2030, more:

Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania does not have a separate application call for Belarus, but always welcomes project proposals, which to be eligible should have partners from Nordic countries.

Allocated funding for 2021 – 1000 000 DKK. For more information/submit project proposals:

The support for Belarus is being provided using following instruments and activities:


Ongoing projects 

The programme supports Belarusian independent journalism and media arts initiatives thus facilitates the production of trustworthy and diverse content for Belarusian people on the developments in the country.

An open call for project applications for Nordic Media Grants Programme for Belarus was launched in October 2021. There were 41 applications received from Belarusian independent media outlets, journalists and media artists based in Belarus, and abroad. 15 project applications were approved after evaluation and an amount of 211,000 Euro was allocated for their implementation in 2022.

Discussions/Presentations about best Nordic experiences on different topics.

  • Strengthening environmental journalism in Belarus (2021 – 2022)

The project aim is to raise awareness about the environment within the Belarusian society by strengthening Belarusian environmental journalism and providing information about the best practices of Nordic countries on environment.

Implemented projects

  • Ecotec events for greener Belarus (2021)

Strengthening environmental literacy and awareness as well as creation new solutions for solving environmental problems in Belarus.

  • Civil Monitoring and Civil News Platform ZUBR (2021)

Support daily coverage of civil society activities and initiatives, create content of trustful information for Belarusian audience.

  • Emergency support and International Advocacy for Belarus (2021)

 The project aim was to support Belarusian human rights defenders and independent media to address immediate needs of repression so that they can continue their work and to provide sustained support by Nordic Council member states for strengthened international mechanisms and bilateral action to address human rights violations in Belarus.