Inclusive cooperation in the Baltic Sea region

Third Country Participation in the BSR (TCPBSR)

Call for applications 2016 is now closed.

Third Country Participation in the Baltic Sea region (TCPBSR) funding aims to promote economically, environmentally and socially sustainable growth in the Baltic Sea Region and its vicinity and thereby contribute to greater integration. The application period is 15 April – 30 September 2016. SI accepts applications and takes decisions on an ongoing basis throughout the application period. A decision is usually announced at the latest two months after the application has been submitted.

International co-operation

The idea is to broaden and deepen relations and cooperation between the countries in the region, based on EU cooperation in general and on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in particular. The support focuses on the inclusion of non-EU countries in the region in current EU partnerships. The EU Strategy and Action Plan for the Baltic Sea Region calls for the challenges in the region to be addressed through transboundary and cross sectoral cooperation. In addition, it is important to involve relevant decision-making levels from the intergovernmental down to the local level.

A further aim is to give the partner countries involved a closer understanding of and greater access to the EU’s structures and networks. This in turn facilitates international co-operation in the long term and also gives current EU projects a broader reach and a new dimension.

SI therefore wants to give you the opportunity to scale up an ongoing project. TCPBSR offers Swedish actors the opportunity to apply for project funding for the inclusion of actors from one or more of the countries Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus in a current EU project or in a EUSBSR flagship process/project under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

What type of project?

Projects applying for TCPBSR funding must contribute to economically, environmentally and socially sustainable growth in the Baltic Sea Region and its vicinity and thereby contribute to integration in the area.  The projects are to tackle a common challenge in the macro region and benefit all participating actors.

In addition, the projects must be clearly linked to policies in the region, to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EU Eastern Partnership and/or to the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP).

SI provides project funding in three priority areas:

  • An ecologically sustainable region
  • Sustainable growth for increased prosperity
  • Challenges to the region

How do I apply?

  1. In the instruction you will find the information you need in order to understand our requirements, the priorities in the call, the application process, and how SI assesses applications.
  2. We recommend that you get in touch with one of SI’s programme managers responsible for co-operation in the Baltic Sea region before you apply.
  3. You apply for the TCPBSR funding via the Swedish Institute portal for applications. There, you can create an account that gives you access to the application form.
  4. You are required to enclose a number of appendixes with your application form.

Who can apply and take part in the partnership?

We encourage co-operation between Swedish and foreign actors from the public, private and non-profit sectors. A Swedish organisation must be the lead applicant. The partnership must comprise Sweden and at least one eligible country:

  • Sweden (lead applicant)
  • Georgia
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Belarus

Organisations from other countries in the Baltic Sea Region – Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Iceland – are of course welcome to take part in the project, as are other EU member countries, but without funding from SI.

Project period and project funding

The project may last for no longer than two years and funds are available totalling SEK 350,000 (for one year) or SEK 700,000 (for two years). The minimum amount that can be applied for, regardless of the length of the project, is SEK 200,000.

Strategic reading tips

EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region – EUSBSR

EU Eastern Partnership

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission – Helsinki Commission

Publication on the EU Baltic Sea Strategy issued by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth

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