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Nordic Council of Ministers’ (NCM) Funding Programme for NGO Co-operation in Baltic Sea Region

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted March 13, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on April 26, 2020
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NGOs play a prominent role in the Nordic Council of Ministers’ co-operation with countries of the Baltic Sea Region.

The NCM grant program aims to build networks across the region and to focus on the important contribution of civil society organizations in sustainable and inclusive societal development based democratic values.

The overall objective of the program is to promote co-operation between Nordic, Baltic, Polish, Belarusian and Russian NGOs to underline the key role that NGOs play in building networks and cross-border co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region.

Focus areas of the program
a) Social and health;
b) Culture;
c) Environment;
d) Development of democracy.

1. NGOs are invited to apply for funding from this program for international co-operation projects.
2. The minimum partnership requirements:
a) One Nordic partner (DK, FI, IS, NO, SE including the self-governing areas Faroe Islands, Greenland, Åland Islands), and
b) One Baltic or Polish partner (EE, LV, LT, PL), and
c) One Russian or Belarusian partner (RU, BY).
3. The program will provide support for projects that are of mutual interest and that strengthen and develop cross-border co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region.
4. The project activities should focus on:
a) Launching new initiatives;
b) Building capacity and establishing/strengthening networks;
c) Ensuring exchange of experiences and best practices;
d) Communicate about its results to relevant target groups;
e) Having a fair chance to be sustained also when funding from NCM has ended.

A project should last up to 18 months.

The starting date should as a rule be indicated not earlier than 1 October 2020.

Utilize This Offer

Only NGOs can apply.
Involvement of other actors is encouraged when feasible, but the costs of such cannot be covered by the grant.

The maximum grant that can be applied for is 500.000 DKK per project.

Applicants must submit the application form electronically in due time and completed in accordance with instructions, with corresponding annexes and supporting documents attached. Incomplete or late incoming applications will not be considered.

All applications, documents and attachments must be in English.

The call will end on 27 April 2020.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 13
Mar 13

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... - they will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Mar 14
Mar 14

Thanks, Ana.