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The Nordic working group for Climate and Air (NKL): Invitation to apply for project funding in 2023

11.04.22 | Støttemulighed
The Nordic working group for Climate and Air (NKL) invites applications for grants to Nordic projects that support the implementation of the Programme for Nordic Co-operation on the Environment and Climate 2019–2024 and the priorities of the Nordic working group for Climate and Air.


Ansøgning om støtte
tir, 24/05/2022 - 23:59
Økonomisk ramme
500.000 – 950.000 DKK
Åland Islands
Færøerne (Føroyar)

The Nordic working group for Climate and Air is working to limit and prevent serious climate change and negative effects of transboundary air pollution, including harm to human health. NKL further wishes to focus on projects that describe the interactions between climate and air pollution issues and the synergies with other areas. The group can fund various types of activities such as studies, workshops and other outreach. In addition to this open call for applications for Nordic grants, NKL also operates through targeted public procurements

All project applications must relate to the Programme for Nordic Co-operation on the Environment and Climate 2019–2024, the Nordic vision 2030 and the objectives and priority areas set by NKL for the coming year, as well as meet the overall guidelines for project activities set by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The benefit of carrying out the activity at the Nordic level should be demonstrable and the projects must prove relevance for or contain active participation from minimum three Nordic countries. Applicants are requested to consider the need for a gender equality perspective in the project, the impact of the project on children and youth and civil society and to reflect this in the application.

Project funding priorities for the Nordic working group for Climate and Air in 2022:


If a project is expected to produce a public report and if the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) is funding more than 50 per cent of the project budget, the report must be published through the Nordic Council of Ministers’ publication department. This applies to publishing both online and in print. The cost of graphic design by the NCM’s publications unit and other publication costs must be included in the budget of the project application. If applicable, applicants should contact the publications’ department before submitting their application to obtain an accurate estimate of the cost of publications. All projects must deliver an executive summary for possible web publication through the NCM. The costs for the publication should be included in the project budget.


The application deadline for projects and activities starting in 2023 is 24. May 2022. Project funding in 2023 will be notified when the framework budget and final work program for the NKL-group is decided. It is expected to be notified during the 1st or 2nd quarter of 2023 at the latest. This timeline should be kept in mind in relation to the planning of time frames of projects. It is not expected that any project funding will be disbursed before the 2nd quarter of 2023.

Application and budget

Applications must be submitted using the Nordic Council of Ministers’ application form and budget and follow the guidance and instructions for applications. Any VAT shall be paid by the project’s executor and should be taken into account when establishing the project’s budget. Applicants seeking additional grants in 2023 for projects which have previously received funding from the NKL, must also attach a short status report to the application.


If the project has received more than DKK 200,000 and the administrative body is not subject to audit by one of the Nordic national audit offices, the project final accounts must be audited by a certified or chartered public accountant. The audit report must comply with the provisions laid down by the Audit regulations for funds granted by the Nordic parliaments to the Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers. Any costs for external audits should be taken into account when establishing the project’s budget.

Audit instructions can be found at the information page on Nordic funding  

EU state aid rules

Notice of funding is issued by the NKL secretariat through the Ministry of Environment (MIM) of Denmark. The Ministry of Environment complies with current state aid rules for the award of grants/subsidies (Article 107 TFEU). If an approved project meets all six criteria for state aid, the grant will apply to the rules for de minimis support and a de minimis declaration must be filled in and provided to the NKL/MIM. The NKL-group and/or the Ministry of Environment cannot provide advice on EU state aid to potential applicants.

General Data Protection Regulation

The Ministry of Environment is obliged to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR). The applicants are strongly encouraged not to send any documentation with sensitive personal information, such as CVs etc.

Application documents/templates

  • Application/project description form for project funding –  (Word SK/EN)
  • Budget SK
  • Budget EN
  • Standard agreement Nordic Council of Ministers
  • De minimis declaration (if relevant)
  • Status report (if the project has received previous support from the NKL)

Applications must be e-mailed as a) a Word file and b) a signed, scanned version to the Ministry of Environment and NKL’s co-ordinator Anna Gran .

If you have any questions, please contact NKL co-ordinator Anna Gran, or NKL’s chairperson Sara Berggren, .

Available in the following countries

Sweden, Åland Islands, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greenland.

Other countries are welcome to participate and apply, as long as the Nordic added value of the project is present. Nordic added value could be met through results relevant directly for minimum three Nordic countries, minimum three Nordic countries participating in reference group or the like or active project partners from minimum three Nordic partners. The Nordic Council of Ministers has suspended its co-operation with Russia and Belarus. This decision has been made in response to Russia’s military attack on Ukraine.

Project funding priorities for the Nordic working group on Climate and Air (NKL) 2023

NKL focus areas 2023:  

Synergies between climate and clean air policies

  • Projects that contribute to new knowledge about climate change and the effects of air pollution on human health and welfare, and the interaction between these and other policy areas.
  • Projects that analyse the consequences of climate policies on air pollution and vice versa (emissions, concentrations, exposures) and identify sectors where further policy action is needed to improve air quality and exposure to air pollutants (Integrated assessment modelling etc.).
  • Projects that enhance the knowledge on Nordic countries’ historical and/or future methane emissions, main sectors and the policy contexts, including a discussion of the climate and atmospheric impacts of methane’s role in ozone formation, to support countries involvement to the Global Methane Pledge, UNECE Air Convention, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and Arctic fora.


Air pollution policy support and implementation

  • Projects that contribute to the basis for decisions and implementation under international agreements like the EU ambient air quality directives, the EU national emission ceilings directive and the UNECE Air Convention’s Gothenburg protocol.
  • Projects focusing on reduction of harmful emissions caused by for example traffic, non-road mobile machinery, industry, waste, shipping, agriculture, and heat generation.
  • Projects focusing on the effects of air pollutants on human health and the environment.
  • Projects that promote international knowledge transfer of Nordic air pollution mitigation solutions and scale up reduction measures.
  • Evaluations of mitigation measures in the areas of small-scale wood combustion and road dust.
  • Recommendations on further development of emission inventories (sectors, pollutants) and monitoring activities to support the understanding of air pollutants and transboundary effects in the Nordic countries.
  • Projects that contribute to the objectives of UNEA 5.2 resolution on Sustainable Nitrogen Management and the INMS Colombo declaration on halving Nitrogen waste to 2030.


Climate change policy support, including implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Glasgow Climate Pact

  • Initiatives for raised ambitions of collective climate commitments over time in line with the ambition mechanism of the Paris Agreement and could contribute to the Mitigation work programme.
  • Projects that explore how the Nordic countries could apply interim findings of the Glasgow-Sharm el Sheik Work Programme on the Global Goal on Adaptation and contribute to the continued development of the program and to the wider application of its results.
  • Initiatives that pursue a shift in financial flows so that they contribute to a circular, climate-resilient low-emission development in line with the Paris Agreement.
  • Activities that support and encourage local governments, cities, municipalities and sectors to step up their efforts towards carbon neutrality, among others also activities taking into account a just transition.
  • Activities that respond to the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and science based policy development.
  • Recommendations on further development of GHG emissions inventories and monitoring activities to support the understanding of emissions and removals from the land sector, including soil carbon, in the Nordic countries.

Funding applications will be assessed on the basis of:

The NKL group takes into account a broad implementation of the Programme for Nordic Co-operation on the Environment and Climate 2019-2024 when deciding on the grants.