SI Baltic Sea Neighbourhood Programme

Do you represent an organisation within the public, private or non-profit sector based in Sweden? Does your organisation want to start or expand cooperation that contribute to an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable development in the EU countries around the Baltic Sea and in the EU's eastern neighbourhood?
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Open for applications until September

A call for seed funding opens in June and closes in mid-September. If you have questions about the programme, please contact us in the first instance by email at


What is the SI Baltic Sea Neighbourhood Programme?

The SI Baltic Sea Neighbourhood Programme is a programme which provides funding to projects in which Swedish organisations work on cross-border challenges and opportunities together with organisations from the EU countries around the Baltic Sea and countries in the EU’s Eastern Partnership.

There are two different types of grants: seed funding and funding for cooperation projects.

Seed funding

(SI opens a call for the grant type seed funding in the period June to September 2023.)

Seed funding aims to lay the foundation for cooperation. For example, projects can use seed funding to:

  • Prepare applications for new funding (mainly EU).
  • Develop concepts and identify partners for future cooperation.

You and your partners can apply for up to SEK 400,000 for a project you complete within 15 months from the start of the project.

Cooperation projects

(This grant type cannot be applied for in the call that opens in June 2023. SI plans to open a call that includes cooperation projects in late fall 2023.)

Funding for cooperation projects aims to deepen and further develop cooperation. For example, you can use the funding to:

  • Build networks and platforms.
  • Develop and test models and methods.
  • Provide input to policy and strategy.
  • Build/spread knowledge and competence.

These are larger projects that will contribute to in-depth, long-term cooperation. You and your partners can apply for up to SEK 1,000,000 for a project you complete within 24 months from the start of the project.

Who can apply?

  • A legal entity based in Sweden must be the main applicant and responsible for the project’s implementation and reporting.
  • A partnership must include actors in at least three countries (including Swedish main applicant).
  • Main applicants and partner organisations can, for example, consist of:
    • Non-governmental organisations, foundations
    • Local authorities
    • Regional authorities
    • Government agencies
    • Higher education institutions and research institutes
    • Intergovernmental organisations
    • Business companies
    • Business and trade organisations

Which countries are included in the programme?

The following countries can be part of a partnership: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Sweden and Ukraine. More information on requirements on the country composition is described in the instruction that will be published when the call opens in June 2023.

Information for applicants in the call that closed on March 2, 2023.

  • Applications received are evaluated after the application deadline.
  • Estimated evaluation time is about 4 months.
  • SI publishes decision lists on this website about 4 months after the application deadline.