Nordic Council of Ministers’ Programme for NGOs in Nordic and Baltic Countries

Deadline: 1 March 2019

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia is seeking applications from NGOs and foundations working in public interest, and which strive for increasing social cohesion and strengthening civil society.

The Nordic-Baltic NGO program aims at fostering cooperation between Nordic and Baltic NGOs, strengthening the civic society and providing support to new sustainable initiatives.

The Nordic governments are convinced that cooperating with non-governmental organisations (NGO) in the Baltic Sea region enhances networking, prosperity and democracy. To promote these aspirations the governments asked the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) to establish the NGO Programme.


The NGO programme is a Nordic instrument that supports the development of a strong and dynamic civil society in the Baltic Sea Region and helps expanding the capacity of NGOs in the Baltic States by sharing experience and knowledge with the Nordic partners. The purpose is to promote:

  • Network cooperation in prioritised areas
  • Knowledge transfer for mutual benefit within different sector areas
  • Experience exchange on best practices
  • Capacity building within civil society


Projects concentrating on the following area will be given priority: Sustainable development.

Funding Information

  • A total of approximately 310 000 DKK annually has been earmarked for the programme in each of the Baltic countries.
  • The amount per project might be from 30 000 DKK (approximately 4000 EUR) up to DKK 100 000 (approximately 13000 EUR).


  • Applicants must clearly state the duration of the project. The maximum duration is one year.
  • Activities carried out before the decision on funding from the programme are not eligible for funding from the programme.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible Applicants are NGOs from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
  • It is a formal requirement that the applicant and relevant partners are Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
  • The programme defines NGOs as “non-profit, publicly anchored, civic organisations that are neither owned nor controlled by public authorities, nor by private companies, and which have an open and democratic structure”.
  • Applicants should have good working knowledge in English. English is the language of application, reporting and the work language of all programme documents.

Requirement for partner NGOs

  • At least three NGOs must be involved in a project for it to be eligible for funding.
  • 2 different Nordic and 1 Baltic country or, alternatively, 1 Nordic and 2 different Baltic countries (NB 2+1 or 1+2).

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

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