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Funding opportunities

To assist potential project developers in identifying potentially interested financing agencies, this page provides links to the websites of selected funding agencies that might be interested in (co-)financing health and/or social well-being related projects. The NDPHS cannot, however, guarantee the completeness and accuracy of the information provided.

Applicants are encouraged to review themselves the funding requirements and calls for proposals of those agencies.

Please contact the NDPHS Secretariat with any updates and information on other funding agencies you can share with us. Any information that will help us keep this page up-to-date and complete will be appreciated.

Baltic Funding portal

The Baltic Funding portal is a tool for searching funding for projects in the Baltic Sea Region. It contains an inventory of more than 300 funding instruments supporting cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region, and is available in English. Public and private funding sources from all Baltic Sea countries (Germany, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia), including the non-EU countries such as Norway and Russia are covered. In addition, EU-wide funding programmes are included. More detailed information is available in the original languages and on the original web-sites of the instruments.

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 EUSBSR. It can be used to finance staff, costs for external services and experts as well as travel, accommodation and meeting costs. The grant co-financing rate amounts up to 85% and the support ranges from 30,000 to 50,000 euro per project (in justified cases the budget may reach up to 100,000 euro). Calls for applications are published on the Facility website News section.

Funding is granted to partnerships that involve at least three partners from at least three different BSR countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden as well as Norway, Belarus and North-West of Russia). In duly justified cases, organisations from other countries may become partners and receive funding from the Facility as well. The Lead Partner must be from an EU Member State in the Baltic Sea Region. Participation in seed money projects is open to public institutions, bodies governed by public law, and other bodies established under public or private law for the specific purpose of meeting needs in the general interest.

The Seed Money application procedure consists in two steps. In step one, an applicant submits a draft application to Policy Area and Horizontal Action Coordinators who preselect draft applications (typically six weeks after submission). In step two, authors of preselected draft applications are invited to submit full applications to the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat (typically within six-eight weeks after preselection). The Monitoring Committee selects Seed Money projects for funding typically three months after submission.

The seed money funding is granted for a period up to 3+12+3 months. 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. Importantly, as the first step the partners must seek support from the relevant Policy Area Coordinator or Horizontal Action Coordinator of the EUSBSR before they submit an application.

The first call was open from 28 September 2016 to 15 February 2017. The time of the next call has not been announced yet. 

All rules are laid out in detail in the Seed Money Facility Manual.

Short information is available in the Seed Money fact sheet.

For more information about EUSBSR Seed Money Facility click here.

Swedish Institute

The Swedish Institute (SI) provides grants for Baltic Sea Region cooperation: seed funding and Third Country Participation grants for institutional co-operation within the Baltic Sea Region, in addition to a number of leadership programmes.

For more information on SI grants click here.

Funding can be provided to Swedish state organisations and agencies, including universities and colleges, municipalities, regional councils and county councils, as well as business trade organisations and non-governmental organisations. The funding is intended to make it easier for agents of different countries and organisations to create collaborative projects in the Baltic Sea region.

While the main applicant of a partnership must always be a Swedish organisations, partners from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova may also receive funding. Organisations from Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Iceland are welcome to join the partnership, but SI does not provide any funding for their participation.

Projects can run for up to 18 months, and applicants can apply for up to SEK 500,000 in funding.

The 2016/2017 call for applications has closed on 1 February 2017. The time of the next call has not been announced yet.

For further information click here.

Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

The European Union's Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 is an EU funding programme that facilitates transnational cooperation in the region by supporting integrated territorial development and cooperation for a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea region. Public authorities (from local, regional and national levels), research and training institutions, NGOs, sectoral agencies & associations and enterprises can take part in projects and receive funds. The Programme cooperation area covers eleven countries, eight of them EU Member States (DK, EE, FI, DE (only selected States (Länder)), LV, LT, PL and SE) and three partner countries (BY, NO and RU (only selected regions). Read the "National information" section for further details.

The Programme offers funding in four thematic fields, known as Priorities:

Co-financing rates for priorities 1 - 3 are:

As the Financing Agreements between Russia and the EU, as well as Belarus and the EU, are not signed, partners from Russia and Belarus cannot receive funds at this stage. However, applicants are encouraged to include associated partners from Belarus and Russia with funding from other sources.

When applying for funds, applicants follow a two-step approach. During the first step, the project idea owners submit a concept note. If the concept note is accepted by the Monitoring Committee (decision making body of the Programme) the applicant will be invited to develop the project idea further and submit a complete application form.

The calls for projects/applications are announced in the section “Apply for funds." The first and second calls for regular projects in the period 2014 to 2020 have been closed. The third call is not to be opened before mid 2017.

Regarding the Seed Money (Priority 4) read the "EUSBSR Seed Money Facility" section at the begining of this page.

Programme documents can be downloaded here. For more information click here

Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020

The Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020 is a funding programme financing cross-border cooperation projects in the central Baltic Sea region.

A project partner can be public authorities (national, regional and local) as well as bodies governed by public or private law (only large companies are excluded from acting as partners). The minimum number of partners in a project is two and they must be from at least two programme area countries. The participating countries are Finland (incl. Åland), Estonia, Latvia and Sweden. The projects can be either small projects (can have an ERDF budget of maximum 200,000 euros and the project duration is limited to maximum 2 years) or regular projects (last longer and have a bigger ERDF budget).

The funding is available under one of the four programme priorities:

Additional to the specific objectives, the financed projects are to contribute to the horizontal objectives of the programme. These are:

The third call for applications closed on 27 February 2017. The time of the next call has not been announced yet.

Programme documents can be downloaded here. For more information click here.

South Baltic Programme 2014-2020

The overall objective of the Programme is to strengthen the sustainable development of the South Baltic area through joint actions increasing its competitiveness and enhancing integration among people and institutions. The programme cooperation area covers selected littoral districts in the following countries: DK, DE, LT, PL and SE (see the map for more details). The South Baltic Programme recognises two main types of the projects: regular and small scale projects. The total budget recommended for regular projects is between EUR 1,000,000 and EUR 2,000,000 and the duration shall be between 24 and 36 months. In order for a project to be labelled as a small scale project, the total budget shall not exceed EUR 300 000 (EUR 500,000 for the Priority 5) in total with a duration of up to 24 months.

Partners from PL, LT and DE can receive up to 85% co-financing. Partners from DK and SE can receive up to 75% co-financing for approved eligible costs generated within a project. For partners coming from EU Member States other than the Programme Member States the applicable ERDF co-financing is maximum 75%.

The following are the programme priorities:

Priority Axis 1: Strengthening international activeness and innovation capacity of the South Baltic blue & green economy:

Priority Axis 2: Exploiting the environmental and cultural potential of the South Baltic area for blue and green growth:

• Specific Objective 2.1: Increased development of the South Baltic area’s natural and cultural heritage assets into sustainable tourist destinations;
• Specific Objective 2.2: Increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area.

Eligible partner organisations (examples): Public administrations and agencies, municipal companies, chambers of commerce, clusters and business support organisations, education and R&D facilities, associations and NGOs, etc.

Project consortia can receive funding if they:

The latest call for proposals closed on 30 January 2017. The time of the next call has not been announced yet. 

Programme documents can be downloaded here. For more information click here.

Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020

The Northern Periphery Programme 2014 - 2020 is a funding instrument designed to help peripheral and remote communities, which face low population density, low accessibility, low economic diversity, abundant natural resources, and high impact of climate change. The programmes' geographical scope covers the EU member states of Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (Scotland and Northern Ireland) and Sweden as well as the non-member states Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Norway. In general, the programme is open for public and private partners of all kinds from inside the programme area, for example regional and local authorities and other public sector organisations, research institutions and private entities delivering public service, private-public partnerships, social enterprises, and third sector organisations. Besides that, local and regional SMEs, among these specifically micro enterprises in remote and sparsely populated areas and business organisations, etc.

The funding is allocated to projects with a total budget between EUR 250,000 and MEUR 2. A precondition for funding is that the projects provide at least 35-40% of the total project costs as match funding through own, national or regional sources. The share of the match funding depends on the country where the partner is located. However, SMEs always have to provide a minimum of 50% of their costs in match funding.

There are four main priorities set out in the programme:

The next, Fifth Call will run from 1 October 2017 to 28 February 2018. The Terms of Reference for the call will be decided after an analysis of thematic gaps and announced on the Programme's website.

For preparatory projects, a continuous call system is in place, meaning that project applicants can be submitted at any time. The approval process takes approximately 1 month from submission except during summer. Note that focused calls and special calls for preparatory projects are launched throughout the programme period.

For more information about NPP and the open call click here.

European Commission (Erasmus+)

The new Erasmus+ Programme provides grants for a wide range of actions and activities in the fields of education & training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. Information provided in this section is focused on the fields of Youth and Sport unless otherwise stated.

Funding for youth activities under Erasmus+ programme aims to improve the key competences, skills and employability of young people, promote young people's social inclusion and well-being, and foster improvements in youth work and youth policy at local, national and international level.

In the field of youth, the Erasmus+ programme provide support for three key actions among which several type of projects are focused on non-formal and informal learning for youth:

Programme is open to young people (aged 13-30), youth organisations, and other stakeholders active in the field of youth.

Eligibility of participating organisations and applicants varies from the type and scope of the project. More detailed information can be found in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

In the field of sport, which is of high relevance for promoting healthy life styles and social well-being, the Programme aims to support actions that result in the development, transfer, and implementation of innovative ideas and practices at European, national, regional, and local levels. The Programme provides support for several actions in this field, including funding for:

Applicants’ eligibility varies depending on a concrete Action:

The Programme is open to a variety of organisations, including, among others:

Further information on who can participate in the Erasmus + programme and what are the detailed conditions of a call for proposals, including priorities, can be found in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

As regards the 2017 call for proposals, it is divided into several individual actions, each having a separate deadline. The nearest deadlines for submission of applications in the field of youth are presented here. They aim to support, inter alia:

Further information about the funding opportunities and application procedures within the Erasmus+ Programme can be found here.

European Commission (Horizon 2020)

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever. The current main Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016 - 2017 comprises an introduction, 18 thematic sections and the general annexes describing general rules such as standard admissibility conditions and eligibility criteria, types of action, selection and award criteria, etc. Each thematic section is self-contained, and describes the overall objectives, the respective calls for proposals, and the topics within each call. For more detailed information see programme sections. One of them includes "Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing".

Research & Innovation supported by this call will:

For standard research projects – a consortium of at least three legal entities may apply. Each entity must be established in an EU Member State or an Associated Country. There is one single funding rate for all beneficiaries and all activities in the research grants. EU funding covers up to 100% of all eligible costs for all research and innovation actions. For innovation actions, funding generally covers 70% of eligible costs, but may increase to 100% for non-profit organisations. Indirect eligible costs (e.g. administration, communication and infrastructure costs, office supplies) are reimbursed with a 25% flat rate of the direct eligible costs (those costs directly linked to the action implementation).

Further information about this area can be found here and about the programme in general here. Programme documents can be downloaded here.

The Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency (Chafea)

The Third EU Health Programme (2014-2020) is the main instrument the European Commission uses to implement the EU health strategy. It has four overarching objectives. It seeks to:

The Programme is implemented by means of annual work plans, which set out priority areas and funding criteria.

EU co-financing for projects is calculated on the basis of eligible costs actually incurred. The maximum rate of EU co-financing is 60%. However, this may go up to 80% in cases of actions meeting the criteria of exceptional utility. Only legal persons or entities which have legal personality under the applicable national law are eligible as applicants. And only applications from entities established in one the following countries are eligible: (i) One of the 28 EU Member States; (ii) Iceland and Norway from the EEA/EFTA countries. Please check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the Agency website for an update on the eligible third countries.

Brief information can be found in the Programme factsheet and complete information in the Guide for Applicants.

Future calls will be published here.

For more information click here.

EEA Grants and Norway Grants

The EEA Grants and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 16 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. These grants support projects through 150 programmes. In order to find relevant funding opportunities, you need to consult what is funded in your country. Each beneficiary country, in agreement with the donor countries, has chosen a set of programmes that provide grants to projects. As a basic rule, your organisation must be registered in one of the beneficiary countries. Exceptions exist for international organisations and for certain programmes.

A wide range of institutions and organisations can benefit from the funding:

Eligibility requirements vary by programme. To see if you are eligible, see the pages about each programme accessible via the country pages. Funding to support non-governmental organisationsscholarship and research programmes is subject to additional or specific rules.

The funding in the form of grants is normally allocated through the publication of calls for proposals. Project proposals have to be submitted to the relevant programme operator by a certain deadline and comply with the clearly defined outcome of the call. It is not possible to apply to the EEA and Norway Grants programmes for assistance spontaneously.

Programmes will not necessarily fund the entirety of the project costs and some level of co-financing may be required. Grants are not awarded retroactively for actions that are already completed.

You can access ongoing calls in the calls overview.

Most relevantly, the following calls are open as of early February 2016:

For more information click here.

Nordic Council of Ministers' Funding Programme for NGOs in the Baltic Sea Region

The Nordic Council of Ministers' Funding Programme for NGOs in the Baltic Sea Region (the NGO Programme) is available in: BY, DK (incl. its constituent countries: Faroe Islands and Greenland), EE, FI (incl. Åland Islands), IS, LV, LT, NO, PL, RU and SE. Projects under the auspices of the Programme must have - including the applicant - at least one partner in the Nordic Region, one partner from EE, LV, LT or PL and one partner from N-W RU or BY.

The Programme focuses on four areas, one of them “Social and health.” Eligible project partners are Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). NGOs are defined 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”.

Individual grants will vary in size according to the scope of the planned activity, number of partners, etc., but usually do not exceed DKK 500,000 per year. Applications must include details of the NGOs' own input towards launching and running the project. Proposals with a part of the budget financed by the applicant or a third party will be viewed favorably. Co-funding may be given as a monetary contribution, either directly by the applicant or indirectly through a third party (organisation/partner/donor/authority) towards the project.

The Nordic Council of Ministers funds projects lasting one year, as well as projects lasting for several years. However, actual grants are only given for one year at a time. Projects stretching over more than one year must submit annual applications to the NCM.

As of early 2016 there are no new calls announced. When a call is open, you may submit your application here.

For more information click here.

European Social Fund - Transnational calls

The ESF is Europe’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens. It works by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people and all those seeking a job. ESF financing of EUR 10 billion a year is improving job prospects for millions of Europeans, in particular those who find it difficult to get work.

The Swedish ESF Council has launched a transnational call in order to promote project cooperation and mutual learning among the member states of the European Union. The aim is to apply or develop methods in a transnational context together with at least one partner from another member state (preferably at least two), within the following themes: Social Economy, Inclusion, Youth Employment (NEETS and mobility) and Migrants.

Specific priority will be given to projects addressing the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) and projects demonstrating social innovation.

The call opened on 3 May 2016 and ends on 30 September 2016. 

For more information click here.

For more information about the European Social Fund and other calls click here.

Cross-Border Cooperation programmes 2014-2020

Cross Border Cooperation (CBC) is a key element of the EU policy towards its neighbours. It supports sustainable development along the EU’s external borders, helps reducing differences in living standards and addressing common challenges across these borders. CBC promotes cooperation between EU countries and neighbourhood countries sharing a land border or sea crossing. CBC has three main objectives:

Funding can also be provided for a programme between several EU and neighbourhood countries which, for example, are part of the same sea basin such as the Baltic Sea region. It is financed through the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).

In the Baltic Sea Region the sea-basin programme is taken care of by the BSR Interreg Programme 2014-2020 (mentioned further up). As to the land-border programmes, the following are of relevance to the Northern Dimension area:

More detailed information including Guidelines and deadlines for Calls for Proposals could be found on individual CBC programmes websites.

The Global Fund

The Global Fund was created to finance a dramatic turn-around in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Global Fund channels 82 percent of the international financing for tuberculosis, 50 percent for malaria, and 21 percent of the international financing against AIDS. It also funds health systems strengthening.

Under the Global Fund financing model, each eligible country is allocated a certain amount of funding for each disease component for which they are eligible – AIDS, tuberculosis and/or malaria – for a three-year allocation period. Each country’s Country Coordinating Mechanism can submit concept notes to access this funding during any submission “window” during that period.

Allocations are approved by the Board of the Global Fund. In the 2014-2016 period, the amounts allocated to each country have been based on a combination of disease burden and the country’s ability to pay (income level). These initial amounts have then been adjusted based on a number of qualitative factors, including:

Eligibility for Global Fund support takes into account the health and economic landscape of countries and regions in order to optimize the investment of financial resources.

A country’s eligibility is determined by its income level (as determined by the World Bank income classifications) in conjunction with the official disease burden, and this eligibility is reviewed annually. Based on these two factors, for a three-year period, countries receive an allocation of funding for each of the three diseases for which they are eligible.

The Eligibility List 2016 shows which country components are eligible to receive an allocation under the funding model. If a country has no eligible components, it does not appear on this list.

For more information click here.

Open Society Institute & Soros Foundations Network

Soros Foundations Network awards grants, scholarships, and fellowships on a regular basis throughout the year.

The Open Society Institute’s Health Program aims to promote health policies based on social inclusion, human rights, justice, and scientific evidence.

For more information click here.

Velux Fonden

The foundation supports non-profit and scientific purposes, mainly in Denmark. Specific purposes include support to activities of active elderly citizens, research projects within gerontology (living conditions for the elderly), geriatrics (diseases of the elderly) and ophthalmology (eye diseases). In addition to these specific fields the foundation supports larger projects that promote scientific, artistic, cultural and social purposes.

For more information click here.

European Structural and Investment Funds for Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia (2014-2020)

The EU investments will improve economic productivity in the Baltic States, promote innovation and R&D investments and contribute to the creation of a modern, sustainable and efficient transport system. They will contribute to a balanced territorial development and the creation of an environmentally-friendly and resource-efficient economy, aiming to create quality jobs and fight social exclusion. The investments will also enhance the quality of the education system and the effectiveness of public administration.

Latvia: For more information click here.
Lithuania: For more information click here.
Estonia: For more information click here.

EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)

EaSI is a financing instrument at EU level to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.

One of the three programmes within EaSI is the Programme for modernisation of employment and social policies. The PROGRESS axis of EaSI helps the EU and its countries to improve policies in three thematic sections:

Eligible participants of the axis are:

The PROGRESS axis of EaSI is open to all public and/or private bodies, actors and institutions. Furthermore, it can support cooperation with international organisations, and in particular with the Council of Europe, the OECD, the ILO, with other United Nations bodies and with the World Bank.

The total proposed budget for PROGRESS is around 500 million euro for the period 2014-2020.

The activities to be funded are defined in a work programme adopted by the Programme Committee. To apply for funding, eligible organisations must respond to a call for tender or/and to a call for proposals.

For more information click here

Nordea Foundation (Nordea-fonden)

The foundation supports non-profit and scientific purposes, mainly in Denmark. Specific purposes include support to activities of active elderly citizens, research projects within gerontology (living conditions for the elderly), geriatrics (diseases of the elderly) and ophthalmology (eye diseases). In addition to these specific fields the foundation supports larger projects that promote scientific, artistic, cultural and social purposes.

For more information click here.

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