Funding Opportunities

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:

First Call for Seed Money 

Interreg Baltic Sea Region 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

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

Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2nd Call for 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.)


You can find all the relevant information on the Interreg Baltic Sea region homepage -

New Call for Seed Money Applications

A new call for seed money applications have been launched on 6 July 2015. In order to conduct a strategic assessment of the project as well as to claim for a letter of support for the project it is recommended to submit the project application to Policy Area Coordinators or Horizontal Action Coordinators until 30 September, 2015. As a next step the Seed Money projects of PA Energy should be approved by BEMIP High level group. Nevertheless, the deadline for project submission to the Seed Money Secretariat is 30 October, 2015. Project applications must be submitted via e-mail (applications(at) The decision regarding the approval of the projects submitted is planned for January 2016.

In addition, Seed Money Facility is offering face-to-face consultations and support to potential applicants and project idea owners. The consultations conducted by the Seed Money Facility is planned in Riga 25-26 August, 2015 and in Berlin on 8 September, 2015. Applicants can send their request for consultations by sending the filled in Project Idea Form, in pdf format, to (seed(at) by Friday, 14 August, 2015 (for Riga) and 21 August, 2015 (for Berlin).

The Seed Money Facility was created to support the development of new Flagship Projects for the EUSBSR. Seed money is EU funded and aim at preparing projects that contribute to one of the priority areas or horizontal actions of the EUSBSR. 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 Seed Money Facility in the framework of the PA Energy only supports projects that are addressing the aims of the Action Plan of the EUSBSR: either to establish an integrated and well-functioning energy market or to increase use of renewable energy sources and promotion of energy efficiency.

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. 

More information about Seed Money Facility can be found on the Seed Money Facility
Information on the nearest call for proposals can be found

Also you can find it useful regarding Seed Money:

Fact Sheet

Seed Money Facility Manual

Application form

Other Funding Opportunities

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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