The Swedish Institute seeks to strengthen Sweden’s relations and develop cooperation with the countries around the Baltic Sea and in our immediate area. Swedish organisations can apply for funding from the Swedish Institute in order to cooperate with organisations in the Baltic Sea Region countries and organisations in the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries. The project activities that the Swedish Institute supports via ‘seed funding’ must be clearly linked to one or more of the challenges identified in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The projects should help create conditions for long-term, sustainable relations in the region.

 

Next call for applications

Next application round opens during November and closes on 13 February  2018. When the call begins, the application portal is opened and we publish instructions on how to apply.

If you have questions relating to our seed funding for Baltic Sea Region cooperation, please find our contact details at the bottom of the page.

Who may apply?

  • The main applicant must be a Swedish organisation cooperating with organisations from at least two other countries in the Baltic Sea Region (please see below for a list of eligible countries).
  • The following Swedish organisations from the public, private and non-profit sectors may apply for funding; NGOs, municipalities, regions, regional councils, county councils, higher education institutions, research institutes, intergovernmental organisations, businesses, trade organisations and government agencies.
  • All the partners from the other countries in the project must also represent one or more of the types of organisations described above.
  • The Swedish Institute welcomes intersectoral partnerships encompassing more than three organisations.

What can I apply for?

  • The aim of the project is to focus, together with your project partners, on joint problem-solving.
  • The project is to help create conditions for long-term, sustainable relations in the Baltic Sea Region.
  • The project must be clearly linked to one or more of the challenges identified in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
  • If the project includes countries from the Eastern Partnership, it must also relate to challenges identified within that partnership framework.
  • The Swedish Institute can provide funding to projects that for instance involve:
    • Undertaking a feasibility study in order to develop a larger Baltic Sea Region project linked to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
    • Establishing new networks
    • Expanding and strengthening existing networks
    • Preparing an application for EU financing from one of the various EU programmes.
    • Initiating or furthering cooperation between the EU and non-EU countries in the Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Partnership.

Which countries are eligible?

  • The Swedish Institute can provide seed funding support to joint projects bringing together countries covered by the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, in particular Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
  • Denmark, Finland and Germany may be added to the partnership when it already comprises Sweden and two of the above countries. Please note that the Swedish Institute cannot provide full financing for participating organisations from Denmark, Finland and Germany.
  • Seed funding support is also available for Russia and the countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).

How much can I get?

  • A project can apply for a maximum of  SEK 500,000 per project. Ten per cent of project costs must be self-financed.
  • The project may run for no longer than 18 months.

When can I apply?

  • The next call will open in November 2017 and closes on 13 February, 2018.
  • During the course of this round, the application portal is open and the Swedish main applicant can submit the application. Please note that you can already now start to plan your project.

How do I apply?

  • The Swedish main applicant applies online in an application portal that opens when the call begins.
  • Instructions and documentation required for the application will be published during the call period.