Baltic Programmes

INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme

 EU funding Programme that facilitates transnational cooperation in the region. Partners from countries around the Baltic Sea work together in transnational projects to address common key challenges and opportunities. The funding is mainly directed at public authorities, research and training institutions, NGOs, sectoral agencies & associations and enterprises.

INTERREG Central Baltic Programme

The INTERREG Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020 is a funding programme financing cross-border cooperation projects in the central Baltic Sea region. The participating countries are Finland (incl. Åland), Estonia, Latvia and Sweden. The programme supports four priorities: Competitive economy, Sustainable use of common resources, Well-connected region and Skilled and socially inclusive region.
Altogether 115 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is made available through the programme. The funding is available for cross-border cooperation projects where partners from at least two countries are cooperating under one of the four programme priorities.
 

INTERREG South Baltic Programme

The Interreg South Baltic Programme is a funding instrument that seeks to activate the potential for blue and green growth through cross-border cooperation between local and regional actors. “Blue growth” addresses the economic potential of the Baltic Sea and its coastal regions for sustainable growth and jobs, to be developed in harmony with the marine environment and through cross-border cooperation. “Green growth” is a term to describe a path of economic growth that utilises natural resources in a sustainable manner.

EUSBSR Seed Money Facility

Seed money is EU funding to prepare projects that contribute to one of the priority areas or horizontal actions of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
Partners that receive seed money funding will draft a project plan that can be further developed into an application to any of the EU or national funding sources e.g. the European Structural & Investment Funds programmes 2014-2020. The plan has to include a description of activities and outputs, the composition of the partnership, the indicative budget and an analysis of funding possibilities. If the future project is to be focused on investments, also feasibility and pre-investment studies can be financed. Additionally, the partners are expected to cooperate with the responsible Priority Area Coordinators and Horizontal Action Leaders of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The forth and the last project approval of the EUSBSR Seed Money Facility was closed on 18 February 2016 resulting in 28 new seed money projects. This was the last call for applications organised within the framework of the EUSBSR Seed Money Facility. Starting from the 2nd half of 2016, seed money support is provided by Interreg Baltic Sea Region.

CBSS Project Support Facility (PSF)

The CBSS Project Support Facility (PSF) was created at the 9th Baltic Sea States Summit in Stralsund, Germany, on 30 – 31 May 2012. The planned timeframe of the facility was 5 March 2013 until 2015, with a continuous open call for applications.
The main purpose of the CBSS Project Support Facility is to co-finance the development and implementation of Baltic Sea macro-regional cooperation projects, which would bring added value for the Baltic Sea region, show impact in regional cooperation and foster long-term partnerships.        

PSF in Brief:
- The projects should be transnational in character and aim to have a sustainable outcome.
- The maximum amount of co-financing granted is 50 000 euros.
- The project proposals may be initiated by a variety of legal entities of CBSS Member States, as well as CBSS Expert Groups and CBSS Networks.

INTERREG Botnia-Atlantica

The Botnia-Atlantica programme is a cross-border cooperation programme intended to co-fund projects within the Botnia-Atlantica area. The programme is one of several European territorial Cooperation programmes, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The programme covers a larger area than the Kvarken-MittSkandia programmes. The area includes the regions Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia and Satakunta in Finland, Västerbotten and Västernorrland as well as the municipality of Nordanstig in Sweden and the Nordland region in Norway. The regions Southern Ostrobothnia in Finland and Gävleborg (except Nordanstig) in Sweden participate as adjacent areas in the programme.

 

INTERREG NORD

Interreg V A Nord is a EU-program supporting cross-border cooperation in order to strengthen the economic and social development. Areas included in the program are north Norway, north Finland, north Sweden and Sápmi (which spreads over all three countries).

The overall goal for the current program is to strengthen the competitiveness and attractiveness of the program area. To accomplish this, the region needs to be developed in an economic, social and environmental sustainable way. It is desirable that the cross-border cooperation takes place between all three countries, Norway, Sweden and Finland, as far as possible, and that they aim to identify common challenges and opportunities.

Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

The Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 forms a cooperation between 9 programme partner countries. The NPA 2014-2020 is part of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ERDF equivalent funding from non EU partner countries.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 4 priority axes to achieve the programme vision:
   -  Using Innovation to Maintain And Develop Robust And Competitive Communities
    - Promoting Entrepreneurship to Realise the Potential of the Programme Area’s Competitive Advantage
   -  Fostering Energy-Secure Communities through Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
    - Protecting, Promoting and Developing Cultural and Natural Heritage                                                                                        

Swedish Institute Seed Money

Seed funding is intended to be used to start new collaborations or expand existing ones in Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, and in some cases in Moldova and Georgia.

The Swedish Institute (SI) invites Swedish organisations to submit applications for seed funding under the framework for collaboration in the Baltic Sea region. The project activities should contribute to economically, environmentally and socially sustainable growth and development in the Baltic Sea region and vicinity through its activities there. The project activities must be aimed at developing conditions for long-lasting sustainable relations between organisations in the Baltic Sea region.

Projects must create conditions for lasting relations between organisations. Applicants can apply for up to SEK 500,000 in funding. Please note that the main applicant must be a Swedish organisation.

Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy

The ICLD’s overall objective is to promote the development of sustainable democracy on the local and regional levels. A municipal partnership shall contribute to increased citizen influence by strengthening local and regional politically controlled organisations within one (or if relevant, some) of the following core areas:
• Equity/inclusion
• Citizen participation
• Transparency
• Possibility to demand accountability

Municipal Partnership is a form of cooperation financed by Sida that is designed to contribute to municipal and regional operations in high-priority partnership countries in the form of result-oriented projects. There must also be a mutual interest in partnership in which Swedish municipalities, county councils and regions clearly benefit from the projects implemented.

The following countries are eligible for Municipal Partnership:

Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and Belarus.

Asia: India, Indonesia, China and Vietnam.

Africa: Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Lithuania–Russia Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014–2020

The Programme has been developed within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Instrument and is being co-financed by the European Union (hereinafter – EU) and the Russian Federation. The Programme will promote and broaden the cross-border cooperation (hereinafter – CBC) between the border regions of Lithuania and Russia, which so far has been pursued under the 2004–2006 TACIS Neighbourhood Programme Lithuania–Poland–Russia and 2007–2013 European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument CBC Programme Lithuania–Poland–Russia.

The Programme will address four priorities within the selected thematic objectives (TO):

  • TO3: Promotion of local culture and preservation of historical heritage. Priority: Restoration and adaptation of historical and natural heritage, promotion of culture, cultural networking and tourism development;
  • TO4: Promotion of social inclusion and fight against poverty. Priority: Promotion of social inclusion and cooperation in CBC region through improved health, social and education services and community led initiatives;
  • TO5: Support to local and regional good governance. Priority: Promotion of cooperation between public authority institutions and strengthening local communities;
  • TO10: Promotion of border management and border security, mobility and migration management. Priority: Ensuring efficient functioning of border crossing.

The selected thematic objectives and priorities of the Programme will directly contribute to the overall objective of progress towards an area of shared prosperity and good neighbourliness between Lithuania and Russia.

Joint Operational Programme Poland-Russia 2014-2020

The programme, implemented in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Instrument, supports cross-border cooperation between Polish and Russian border areas in the social, environmental, economic and institutional spheres.

The Poland-Russia Programme focuses on four thematic objectives:

• promotion of local culture and preservation of historical heritage (HERITAGE)

• environmental protection and climate change mitigation (ENVIRONMENT)

• improving access to the regions (ACCESSIBILITY)

• support for border management and security at the border (BORDER).

The budget of the Programme is 62.3 million euro, including 41.65 million euro coming from the European Union and contribution of the Russian Federation in amount of 20.65 million euro.

Depending on the results of the Programme, the European Commission may provide additional funds in the amount of approx. 20 million euro.

 

The call for proposals is planned to be launched on 30 June 2017 (tbc).