Funding for Nordic Cooperation between Organisations for People with Disabilities


The Nordic Welfare Centre distributes around SEK 1.5 million every year in order to promote cooperation between organisations of people with disabilities in the Nordic region.

The aim of the funding is to help organisations of people with disabilities in the Nordic countries to exchange experience and knowledge, develop projects or build up partnerships with their equivalent organisations in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Northwest Russia. The activity must promote the interests of people with disabilities in society in some way.

What can be funded?

Networking activities

Networking activities with participants from at least three Nordic countries, or two Nordic countries and at least one Baltic State or one region in Northwest Russia.

Networking activities can for example include:

  • Advocacy policy meetings between managers, directors or other representatives of national disabled people’s organisations.
  • Start‐up meetings or gatherings to examine the scope for informal Nordic or Nordic‐Baltic networks or the formalisation of Nordic co‐operation between organisations, teams or other civil society stakeholders.

Applications for funding for networking activities must be received by 30 November 2020.

Strategic initiatives or projects

Strategic initiatives or projects in the form of a partnership between organisations from at least three Nordic countries, or two Nordic countries and at least one Baltic State or one region in Northwest Russia.

Strategic initiatives and projects could for example involve:

  • Activities relating to the rights and interests of people with disabilities in society, such as conferences, major courses or training camps for children and adolescents with disabilities
  • Products such as printed information materials, method materials, reports or digital products
  • Activities or products that will empower a specific target group, so that their quality of life improves, or they are more able to exercise their rights based on UNCRPD
  • Activities or products that can strengthen the partnership and co‐operation between the participating organisations, or the Nordic dimension in the work of the organisations
  • Activities, or products, that strengthen the organisations’s work with a child and adolescent perspective, an indigenous peoples and minority perspective, an equality or sustainable development perspective

Applications are open in January and must be received by 28 February 2021.

Who can apply?  

National organisations, associations and groups and networks of national organisations, associations and groups ‐ of, for and with persons with disabilities or chronic diseases. Foundations that have objects, activity and participation that are similar in nature to those of member‐based organisations may be considered.

A single stakeholder must be formally responsible for the application. This stakeholder must be resident in the Nordic region or a Baltic State.

Financial framework

Networking ctivities can receive funding of up to SEK 5,000 per Nordic country and up to SEK 10,000 per Baltic State or region in Northwest Russia. In addition to this are additional expenses resulting from disabilities.

For strategic initiatives and project activities, funding of between SEK 50 000 and SEK 500 000 will be awarded. Funding may be awarded to specific parts of a project, if the organisations pay for the rest themselves or have other sources of funding.

There are no general requirements regarding self‐ or co‐financing.

Further information

For detailed requirements, please read the Guidelines for The Funding Scheme.

Application form is available online on the Nordic Welfare Center website.