New Partnerships Initiative: Sweden-Russia Grants Programme

Is your organisation looking for a chance to carry out a youth-centred project with a partner in Russia? Are you interested in strengthening the local ties between Sweden and Russia in fields which engage youth and young adults? If so, the Swedish Institute’s New Partnerships Initiative could be what you were waiting for.

Opens for applications 17 March

Deadline for submitting applications is 19 May, 23:59 Swedish time (CET). See below for the dates of our online Q&A sessions, starting 27 January. IMPORTANT: SI’s programmes Funding for school- and youth exchanges between Sweden and Russia and Creative Force Russia are incorporated into NPI from 2022.


The New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) grants funding to projects carried out jointly by partners in Sweden and Russia. Your project should involve youth or young adults in both countries. It should also include professionals who work directly with young people or are responsible for policies which concern them. We are looking for projects which foster exchange, dialogue and lasting relations between the two countries around issues of common interest.

The programme in brief

  • Annual open calls during the programme period 2022‒2024
  • Main applicant: you must be an organisation which is registered in Sweden
  • Partners: you must have at least one project partner from Russia
  • Target group: youth, young adults and professionals who work with or for them
  • Themes: you should work with one of the four broad themes given below
  • Grant amount: minimum SEK 50,000, maximum SEK 750,000
  • Project duration: any length up to 18 months.

The programme in detail

Who can apply?

Organisations which have been registered in Sweden for at least two years (one year for grants of max. SEK 100,000) and have a Swedish bank account. These include the following types of organisation:

  • Cultural institutions, arts associations or branch organisations
  • Schools, including music and arts education
  • Institutions of further and higher education as well as vocational training
  • Local authorities (municipalities, regions)
  • Sports clubs or associations
  • Other types of association/organisation which work with youth and young adults
  • Business

The project must have at least one partner in Russia. Your Russian partner does not have to be a registered organisation but should clearly work in a relevant field.

You must plan and design the project together with your partner. You should aim to establish a partnership based on equal responsibility and equal involvement on both sides.

The main Swedish partner is formally responsible for the application and for contacts with the Swedish Institute.

Who are the target groups?

NPI has two main target groups:

  • Youth and young adults in Sweden and Russia
  • Professionals in both countries who work with or are responsible for young people. Examples of these are cultural workers, teachers, youth leaders and civil servants.

The list above under ‘Who can apply?’ indicates where these target groups can mainly be found.

You should aim for an equal distribution of Swedish and Russian participants as well as women and men.

What thematic fields are covered by the programme?

You can apply for projects which work with any of the following broad fields:

  • Culture
  • Nature/the environment/climate
  • Sport/health/lifestyle
  • Employment/entrepreneurship

There are many ways of tackling these themes. Digitalisation and new media; accessibility, disability and general issues of inclusion; challenges arising from the Corona pandemic and goals in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are some examples. But there are many more – and you certainly have your own ideas.

Your project is likely to involve some of the following:

  • Organising workshops, training courses, exchanges, study visits, conferences, youth camps, residencies, pilot studies
  • Producing exhibitions, performances, apps, podcasts, videos or other audio-visual material
  • Creating platforms or networks

Within these parameters you are free to design your project in a way which will generate engagement, an exchange of knowledge, sustainable results and lasting contacts.

Your project should have an inclusive approach. It should factor in principles such as gender equality and accessibility.

You must define the results you aim to achieve and how you will do this. You must also describe how the achieved results will live on after the project has formally ended.


The Covid-19 pandemic has radically changed our opportunities to travel and meet physically, for the moment at least. It is important that you and your Russian partner take this into account when designing your project and analysing the risks. Take maximum advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology throughout the project. This a factor we will look at when we evaluate your application.

Project duration and size of grant

You may apply for funding more than once during the period 2022‒2024. For example, you could initially apply for a small grant to carry out a short pilot project and then apply again to carry out a full-scale project if you have achieved good results. Or you can apply for a larger grant from the start if you already have a comprehensive project proposal and an established partnership. The length of the project and the amount you apply for must be in proportion to the scope of the project.

Online Q&A sessions

We are holding a series of digital Q&A sessions chiefly for Swedish organisations which are interested in applying. The meeting on 10 February will be in English. All meetings will take place on the following dates at 15:00 Swedish time.

  • 27 January (Swedish)
  • 10 February (English)
  • 24 February (Swedish)
  • 10 March (Swedish)

Send an email to to register and receive a Zoom link.

If you have any questions about NPI, please send an email to


How to apply

How you apply