Grants are available for up to 60% of costs for travel, accommodation and daily allowances. One of the most important eligibility requirements for applications is that at least three NB8 countries (Estonia, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark) are involved in the project.
Applying is easy. It is all done online at www.nb8grants.org but according to the programme co-ordinator, Madis Kanarbik, applicants should prepare their projects as soon as possible because finding partners may take longer than expected. “Using the search option at www.nb8grants.org is one way to find partners. You can register your interest and see what information others have posted,” he explains.
In 2014, the programme allocated approximately €300,000 to 69 projects. Solna City in Sweden successfully applied for funding for a project dealing with school dropouts, youth unemployment and exclusion in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The head of the Children, Youth and Education Department of Solna City, Anne Rönnberg, says that the project has helped the City make progress towards the Europe 2020 goals and makes the Baltic Sea region more competitive. “The programme surpassed our expectations,” she reports. “It funds exactly the kind of activities that lead to co-operation with partners from other countries.”
Visit the programme website www.nb8grants.org for further information or to submit an application.