The NGO programme is a Nordic instrument that supports the development of a strong and dynamic civil society in the Baltic Sea Region and helps expanding the capacity of NGOs in the Baltic States by sharing experience and knowledge with the Nordic partners.
The purpose is to promote:
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”.
At least three NGOs must be involved in a project for it to be eligible for funding. 2 different Nordic and 1 Baltic country or, alternatively, 1 Nordic and 2 different Baltic countries (NB 2+1 or 1+2).
Eligible forms of project activities:
Applicants must clearly state the duration of the project. The maximum duration is one year. Activities carried out before the decision on funding from the programme are not eligible for funding from the programme.
Applicants should have good working knowledge in English. English is the language of application writing, reporting and the work language of all programme documents.
Successful projects should reflect strategic priorities of the NCM Vision 2030:
Additionally, projects focusing on improving health and well-being through inclusion and sport as well as promotion of healthy and sustainable lifestyle will be given priority.
Projects should also take into consideration cross-cutting themes: gender equality, children and youth, Agenda 2030.
The minimum grant is 2700 EUR, and the maximum – 13.5000 EUR. In some cases, projects where a bigger grant size can be motivated, the maximum grant for the project could be up to 20.000 EUR.
Eligible costs and financing:
Proposals with a part of the budget financed by the applicant or a third party will be viewed favourably. Co-funding should 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, is not considered as co-funding.
Payment procedures. 85% of grants are paid as advance payment. The remaining part is paid after an activity report (content and financial) has been submitted and approved.
Decisions can be expected no later than 6 weeks after the deadline of submitting an application.
Decisions on grants are taken by the Directors of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Offices in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania based on the quality of applications, the budget frames of the programme and the following indicators:
All applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection process. The decisions cannot be subject to appeal.
A grant should be used within twelve months after signing a contract.
All programme participants are to report on and evaluate their experiences. A report is to be submitted on-line using the electronic application and reporting system at www.ncmgrants.org no later than 30 days after the end date of the project. The report should consist of an activity report and a financial report.
Please find the further information with detailed requirements of the programme as well as the application form here.
Contact person in Lithuania: