How to apply for funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers

Each year, some 500 projects and activities are launched and run within the framework of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The most important criterion that the Nordic Council of Ministers applies to project funding is that the projects provided added value to the Nordic countries, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland.

Although the projects span a wide variety of areas, common to all is that they have Nordic added value and are anchored in the Nordic Council of Ministers’ vision. The majority are run by an “administrative body”, usually a national agency in the Nordic Region, commissioned for this purpose by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Nordic Council of Ministers issues direct calls for funding applications on particular topics from time to time.

All projects are conducted on the basis of political discussion in the various councils of ministers or committees of senior officials. Decisions on the allocation of funding are made by them or on the basis of application schemes and announcements. Current opportunities to apply for project funding can be found here:

Please note that we cannot accept spontaneous applications.

Conditions

All projects that are granted funding need to meet the Nordic Council of Ministers’ conditions. Below is a list of the general conditions that apply to all projects. In addition, specific requirements may apply depending on the project and announcement.

Connection with the Nordic Council of Ministers’ strategic platforms

Projects financed with Nordic funds must be linked to the Nordic Council of Ministers’ vision, action plan, and budget. 

Vision 2030 is the overriding vision for Nordic co-operation, which is that the Nordic Region be the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by the year 2030.

This means that we strive to be: 

  • A competitive Nordic Region: Together we will promote green growth in the Nordic Region based on knowledge, innovation, mobility, and digital integration.
  • A green Nordic Region: Together we will promote the green transition of our societies and work towards carbon neutrality and a sustainable, circular, and bio-based economy.
  • A socially sustainable Nordic Region: Together we will promote an inclusive, gender-equal, and cohesive region with shared values, increased cultural exchanges, and enhanced welfare provisions.

The various councils of ministers draw up plans, strategies, and programmes that reflect their political priorities. The Nordic Council of Ministers also has three intersectoral strategies: for sustainability, gender equality, and children and young people. 

 

Include three Nordic countries

The most important criterion for a Nordic project, irrespective who administers or runs it, is that it must add value to the Nordic Region. Therefore, each project must include at least three out of the Nordic countries, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and/or Åland. The project may also include at least two out of the Nordic countries, Greenland, Åland, and/or the Faroe Islands and a non-Nordic country.

Help to add Nordic value

Projects that receive Nordic funding must have a pan-Nordic value. Projects must therefore meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • would otherwise take place within a national framework, but can achieve greater positive effects via common Nordic solution
  • display and develop Nordic solidarity
  • increase Nordic competency and competitiveness
  • boost Nordic influence at international level

Project process

To facilitate the reporting on the project, our project process has three phases. Depending on where in the process the project is, on the following pages you can read more about the three phases and what documents are needed to complete each step. Select the option that best suits your project:  

You can read more about every step in the process in our guidelines.

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If you have a framework contract

If your project has a framework contract, this means that you must submit a report on the project every year in accordance with a common template. Projects that have a framework contract receive instructions on the annual report before the end of each year.

Managing projects

The project portal is for those who have already been allocated funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers. You will manage your ongoing project here. You will be given a username and password by the Secretariat to the Nordic Council of Ministers.

You can read more about the project portal in our manual. 

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Nordic Council of Ministers’ project database

You can read about the most recently updated projects and search for ongoing activities in the Nordic Council of Ministers’ project database.