Objective of the funding opportunities
The overall objective of the funding opportunities is to contribute to prosperous and peaceful development in the region by fostering close relationships and by Nordic and Russian partners working even more closely together, and to continue to engage Russia as an active partner in regional co-operation in the Baltic Sea and the Barents Sea areas.
There are two entries to this funding opportunity. Read the guidelines and instructions for the two entries below. As a starting point the criteria are the same, and a distinction is mentioned, when it is applicable.
1) The Open Call focuses on all projects of mutual Nordic and Russian interest anchored in co-operation and networking.
2) The Civil Society and Human Rights Initiative focuses on strengthening civil society within all relevant fields of society.
Please note: Next call will open march 2 2020.
The funding opportunities support co-operation between the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, including the self-governing areas Faroe Islands, Greenland, Åland Islands and seven regions of Northwest Russia: Arkhangelsk Oblast, Kaliningrad Oblast, Leningrad Oblast, Murmansk Oblast, Pskov Oblast, Republic of Karelia, St Petersburg City. The partnership must as a minimum consist of:
- Minimum two partners from different Nordic countries,
- Minimum one partner from one of the Northwest Russian regions
Eligible partners and participants are: local and regional authorities, civil society, educational institutions, think tanks and business organisations (not private commercial companies). Projects with a Nordic leadpartner/administrating body will be favored.
Please note: A project should last one year. The starting date should as a rule be 3-4 months after the decision is made. We will get back to all applicants late june 2020. You can expect your contract in september 2020.
The funding opportunities provide support for projects that are of mutual interest and that strengthen and develop co-operation between the Nordic countries and Northwest Russia. The project activities should focus on and contribute to:
- Launching new initiatives,
- Building capacity and establishing/strengthening networks,
- Ensuring exchange of experiences and best practices,
- Having a fair chance to be sustained also when funding from NCM has ended.
Eligible costs related to development of networks and exchange of experiences include:
- Travel and accommodation,
- Seminars and conferences,
- Translation costs and expert costs.
- The maximum grant that can be applied for is 500.000 DKK per project.
NOTE! Non-eligible costs! The application must not be designed to help fund the regular activities, administration or projects of other organisations. Funding will not be given to infrastructure projects, e.g. for purchasing IT equipment or to cover construction costs.
- Russian partners, except NGO’s, are expected to co-finance 30% (monetary or in-kind) of the project costs
- Self-financing (own contribution) is viewed as positive in any application
- Evaluation of the project and its activities is required, and should be included in the budget
- External audit is mandatory, if the grant exceeds 200.000 DKK and the administrating body’s accounts are not audited by the national audit office in one of the Nordic countries.
The Open Call focuses on all projects of mutual Nordic and Russian interest anchored in co-operation and networking and should:
- Involve multiple regions in Northwest Russian and more than two Nordic countries,
- Foster co-operation between local authorities and NGOs.
The Civil Society and Human Rights Initiative focuses on strengthening civil society within all relevant fields of society and:
- Both small and bigger projects could be funded 100.000DKK to 500.000DKK,
- Aims at co-operation on improving human rights,
- Involve multiple regions in Northwest Russian and more than two Nordic countries (for bigger projects),
- Involve specific local activities (for small and medium-sized projects),
- Foster co-operation between local authorities and NGOs.
These general selection criteria forms the basis of evaluation of a given application.
The Nordic Council of Ministers have established a set of cross-sectoral strategies for its activities. This means that all operations conducted by the Nordic Council of Ministers include considerations from the following perspectives: sustainability, gender equality, and children and youth. In order to make your application more relevant and attractive for us, it is recommended that you familiarise with these strategies, and take them into consideration when planning your project and application. The strategies are found through the following links:
Children and Young People http://norden.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A971522&dswid=307
Sustainable Development http://norden.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1292569&dswid=9629
Consider: does the project incorporate one or more of these aspects in its preparation, objective, activities or organisation?
- General Nordic value added. Does the project generate any Nordic synergies, strengthen Nordic co-operation, utilize any specific Nordic competence or alternatively transfer knowledge to or from the Nordic countries?
- Coherence between project results and methodology. Expected results should be concrete.
- Consistency between the problems, objectives and activities, and results.
- Clear division of tasks and responsibilities among the relevant stakeholders.
- A viable and comprehensive plan for the communication of the project and the results achieved.
- Cost-efficient projects will be given priority.
The Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat is administrating the application procedure and monitoring the implementation of selected projects. Applications will be professionally evaluated, and an advisory group of representatives from the foreign ministries of the five Nordic countries will prioritize the applications to be granted support, and submit a recommendation for the Nordic Council of Ministers Secretary General’s final decision. The Secretariat does not provide individual feedback to rejected applications.
Have a look in this database: https://ngobridges.com/
Application process and the documents for the application
Applicants must submit the application form electronically in due time and completed in accordance with instructions, with corresponding annexes and supporting documents attached. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All applications, documents and attachments must be in English.
On the very top of this page, you find a "Apply for funding"-button. Press it, and it leads to the online application portal. It is not possible to send in applications, when a call is not active, however, it is possible to create a user and familiarise yourself with the content of the application.
Prepare these obligatory documents for your application:
- You need to create a timeline/overview of activities and when they will be executed, who is responsible etc. This must be attached to the application in the online portal (your own format and in Excel).
- You need to download budget and communication forms below, fill them out, and upload them to our digital application form. All amounts in the budget must be in Danish Kroner!
- You need to attach a Letter of Commitment from each partner of the project. The file must be in PDF, and should be attached directly in the application in the right chapter, when applying through the portal. It should include a statement of commitment as well as which tasks the partner is responsible for in project (your own format in PDF with signatures).