Seed funding for cooperation projects in the Baltic Sea region

Would your organisation like to start or expand collaborations that contribute to sustainable economic, environmental or social development in the Baltic Sea region? The Swedish Institute provides funding for joint projects in which Swedish organisations meet transnational challenges together with organisations from the Baltic Sea region countries including Russia and the countries of the Eastern Partnership.
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Please note that the next call will open in the late autumn of 2022.


What is Seed funding in the Baltic Sea region?

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 including Russia 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. Projects including countries in the EU Eastern Partnership must also relate to this framework. Furthermore, projects should help create conditions for long-term, sustainable relations in the region.

  • A project can run for no longer than 18 months.
  • A project can apply for SEK 100,000 to SEK 500,000.

Who can apply?

  • The main applicant has to be based in Sweden.
  • The application must include at least three actors in three different countries eligible for support, one of which is Sweden (as main applicant).
  • Countries eligible for funding are  Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russian Federation, Sweden and Ukraine.*

*Note that the Swedish Institute has suspended all support to public-sector actors in Russia and Belarus. 

Approved projects in the call 2021/2022.

The Swedish Institute has granted funding to 23 new projects within the funding scheme Seed funding for cooperation projects in the Baltic Sea region. You can find the list of approved projects in the call 2021/2022 on the Swedish version of the website.

Project database

Have a look at our project database to get an idea of the kind of projects we support.


If you have any questions about the support we provide for cooperation in the Baltic Sea region, please contact us (between July 14 and August 5, we have limited opportunities to answer questions)::

Annika Claesson

Camilla Wristel

Gabor Schneider

On parental leave 1 July - 31 August 2022

Markus Boman