The overall objective of the programme is to promote co-operation between Nordic, Baltic, Polish, Belarusian and Russian NGOs to underline the key role that NGOs play in building networks and cross-border co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region. The programme has existed since 2006, and NGOs are invited to apply for funding from the programme for international co-operation projects. Read the guidelines and instructions below.
Applicants must take these into consideration, when applying:
Focus areas of the programme
Social and health
Development of democracy
Only NGOs can apply. Involvement of other actors is encouraged when feasible, but the costs of such cannot be covered by the grant. A project should last up to 18 months. The starting date should as a rule be indicated not earlier than 1 October 2020. All applicants can expect an answer in July 2020. Successful applicants should expect a contract in September 2020.
The minimum partnership requirements:
Application must include three partners (including the applicant)
One Nordic partner (DK, FI, IS, NO, SE including the self-governing areas Faroe Islands, Greenland, Åland Islands), and
One Baltic or Polish partner (EE, LV, LT, PL), and
One Russian or Belarusian partner (RU, BY).
The programme will provide support for projects that are of mutual interest and that strengthen and develop cross-border co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region. The project activities should focus on:
– Launching new initiatives,
– Building capacity and establishing/strengthening networks,
– Ensuring exchange of experiences and best practices,
– Communicate about its results to relevant target groups,
– Having a fair chance to be sustained also when funding from NCM has ended.
Eligible costs related to development of networks and exchange of experiences include:
– Travel and accommodation,
– Seminars and conferences,
– Translation costs and expert costs.
– The maximum grant that can be applied for is 500.000 DKK per project.
NOTE! Non-eligible cost! The application must not be designed to help fund the regular activities, administration or projects of other organisations. Funding will not be given to infrastructure projects, e.g. for purchasing IT equipment or to cover construction costs.
– Self-financing (own contribution) and co-financing are viewed as positive in any application
– Evaluation of the project and its activities is required, and should be included in the budget
– External audit is mandatory, if the grant exceeds 200.000 DKK and the administrating body’s accounts are not audited by the national audit office in one of the Nordic countries.
– Relevance to civil society with a view to enhance capacity among the weaker NGOs,
– Own input from the applicant and partners,
– Monetary co-funding; either by applicants and partners own contribution and/or by contribution from a third party.
The Nordic Council of Ministers has a vision to create the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030.
Read more about the Vision 2030 -> https://www.norden.org/en/declaration/our-vision-2030
Russian version of the Vision 2030 https://www.norden.org/da/node/38461
To achieve this vision, The Nordic Council of Ministers has established a set of strategies priorities for its activities. This means that all operations conducted by the Nordic Council of Ministers include considerations from the following perspectives:
– A green region – together, we will promote a green transition of our societies and work towards carbon neutrality and a sustainable circular and bio-based economy.
– A competitive region – together, we will promote green growth in the region based on knowledge, innovation, mobility and digital integration.
– A socially sustainable region – together, we will promote an inclusive, equal and interconnected region with shared values and strengthened cultural exchange and welfare.
To apply for this call your project must incorporate one or more of these aspects in its preparation, objectivity and activities.
Consider: Does the project incorporate one or more of the below aspects in its preparation, objective, activities or organisation?
– General Nordic value added. Does the project generate any Nordic synergies, strengthen Nordic co-operation, utilize any specific Nordic competence or alternatively transfer knowledge to or from the Nordic countries?
– Gender equality aspects.
– Involvement of children and youth.
– Coherence between project results and methodology. Expected results should be concrete.
– Consistency between the problems, objectives, activities, and results.
– Clear division of tasks and responsibilities among the relevant stakeholders.- A viable and comprehensive plan for the communication of the project and the results achieved.
– Cost-efficient projects will be given priority.
The Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat is administrating the application procedure and monitoring the implementation of selected projects. Applications will be professionally evaluated, and an advisory group of representatives from the foreign ministries of the five Nordic countries will prioritize the applications to be granted support, and submit a recommendation for the NCM secretary general’s final decision. The Secretariat does not provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applications.
Have a look in this database: https://ngobridges.com/
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”.
Applicants must submit the application form electronically in due time and completed in accordance with instructions, with corresponding annexes and supporting documents attached. Incomplete or late incoming applications will not be considered. All applications, documents and attachments must be in English.
On the very top of this page, you find a “Apply for funding“-button. Press it, and it leads to the online application portal. It is not possible to send in applications, when a call is not active, however, it is possible to create a user and familiarize yourself with the content of the application.
Prepare these obligatory documents for your application
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