The Nordic working group for Climate and Air (NKL): Invitation to apply for project funding in 2021

05.05.20 | Funding opportunities
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.


Opportunity category
Open calls
Wed, 03/06/2020 - 11:59 PM
Financial framework
300.000 – 950.000 DKK
Åland Islands
Faroe Islands

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, enhanced by a holistic approach guided by the SDG goals. The group can fund various types of activities such as studies, workshops and other outreach. In addition to this open call, 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 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. Applicants are requested to consider the need for a gender equality perspective in the project and to reflect this in the application.

Public reports

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.


The application deadline for projects and activities starting in 2021 is 3rd of June 2020.

Project funding in 2021 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 quarter of 2021 at the latest. 

This timeline should be kept in mind in relation to the planning of time frames of projects.


Applications must be submitted using the Nordic Council of Ministers’ application form 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.

If the project has received more than DKK 200,000 and the administrative body is not subject to revision 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.

Notice of funding is issued by the NKL secretariat through the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark (MFVM). The Ministry of Environment and Food complies with current state aid rules for the award of grants/subsidies.  

The Ministry of Environment and Food 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.

Applicants seeking grants in 2021 for projects which have previously received funding from the NKL, must also attach a short status report to the application.

Applications must be e-mailed as a) a Word file and b) a signed, scanned version to NKL’s co-ordinator, or, if the current corona lockdown situation in some countries fails the possibility of physical signatures and scanning, an approving mail from responsible signatory is accepted together with a non-signed version of the application, to Anna Gran: 


If you have any questions, please contact NKL co-ordinator Anna Gran, or NKL’s chairperson Kaarle Kupiainen,

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