Funding Opportunities

 Seed Money: First Call for Applications opened

The first call for the Interreg BSR seed money opens 21 September 2016. Interested applicants are welcome to submit their applications until the 28 October 2016.

Seed money is funding provided by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme to support the preparation of projects in line with the Action Plan of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). With seed money support projects can be prepared for any funding source available in the region. The seed money application procedure consists of two steps.

Step 1:  Pre-selection by EUSBSR Policy Area and Horizontal Action Coordinators

  • Call open: 21 September 2016
  • Submission of draft applications to the relevant Policy Area or Horizontal Action Coordinator (PAC/HAC) by 28  October 2016
  • Pre-selection by PACs/HACs: second week of December 2016

In order to be eligible for funding, every seed money project has to receive a letter of support from the Priority Area Energy Coordinator, therefore, before submitting any application. Please contact the PAC to obtain support for the idea. The PACs shall confirm that the project contributes to the PA Energy. 

Step 2: Submission of seed money applications to Interreg Baltic Sea Region (only applications pre-selected by PACs/HACs)

  • Submission of applications to the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat via online system by 15 February 2017
  • Selection of seed money projects by the Monitoring Committee: May 2017

Next Call to be open Autumn 2017/ early 2018

Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme manual, Chapter J "Seed Money for the EUSBSR" (p.184)

Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2nd Call for Regular Project Applications

Tuesday, 1st March 2016 at 12am - 12am Wednesday, 1st June

The second call for applications of the Interreg Baltic Sea Programme has been opened on 1 March. Under the second priority ‘Efficient management of natural resources’ projects in the policy area of energy can be applied. The Programme offers financial support to transnational projects contributing to the development of a more innovative, better accessible and sustainable Baltic Sea Region. The priority supports transnational cooperation enhancing the capacity of public authorities and practitioners to ensure a better environmental status of the Baltic Sea Region waters and to strengthen resource-efficient growth.

Project Priority 2 aim and criteria:

·  Develop integrated approaches to reducing nutrient loads and decreasing discharges of hazardous substances in the waters. Support the integration of regional energy sources in the energy grids, the storage of renewable energy as well as the development of decentralised energy solutions.

·  Support development and testing of governance and funding models as well as technological solutions for production and distribution of renewable energy and for improved energy efficiency.

·  Strengthen the sustainable and resource-efficient blue growth in the BSR.


The selection process is organized in two steps

1. Preparation of concept notes (1 March-1 June) with their evaluation on September 2016. (More information is available in the announcement note -

2. Call for project applications (September 2016 – January 2017) with selection of projects for funding on May 2017.

Programme co-financing from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for priorities 2 amounts to 45.5 million euros. Norway allocates 4.3 million euros national funding to the Programme for Norwegian project partners.

(Please be aware that the figures are preliminary and might slightly change in the course of contracting of the 1st call projects.)

More information about regular projects and application.

Third Call not to be opened before mid 2017

Swedish Institute Baltic Sea region seed funding grants

Thursday, 1st December 2016 at 12am - 12am Wednesday, 1st February 2017

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.

For more information about criteria and how to apply please visit:

Other Funding Opportunities

Do you have a project idea? 

Search for possible Bealtic Sea Region funding instruments.

There are different other funding opportunities, granted from different institutions which are eligible for projects. The granted amount of money also varies between 30 000 up to 50 000€, and all different funding opportunities envisage different requirements.

A new tool for searching funding for projects in the Baltic Sea Region has been developed by INTERACT and Swedish Institute. 

Baltic Funding Portal is an inventory of more than 300 funding instruments making cooperation possible in the Baltic Sea Region. 


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