The Barents Secretariat's funding programme


Norwegian citizens based in the three northernmost counties of Norway can be granted funding for their Russian - Norwegian cooperation project.

Since the establishment in 1993 the Norwegian Barents Secretariat has contributed to the co financing of more than 4 000 Norwegian-Russian cooperation projects. If you have a good project idea and a Norwegian or Russian partner, the chances of receiving funds from the Norwegian Barents secretariat are good.

Every year the Ministry of Foreign Affairs place 35 million NOK at the disposal of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat to support regional Norwegian-Russian cooperation projects. The Secretariat distributes the funds to the projects which fulfill the criteria which are set for project applicants. The aim is to establish stronger relations between Norwegians and Russians living in the north. The Barents Secretariat project funds cofinance most of the projects. However, there are several smaller financing programs which are aimed at supporting various fields of priority.

All applicants must read and accept the Guidelines and Conditions for grants from the Norwegian Barents Secretariat before sending the application.

Applications below 400 000 NOK
Projects where the application sum to the Norwegian Barents Secretariat does not exceed NOK 400,000, the applications are administratively and consecutively processed. Thus there are no application deadlines for such projects. However, due to the large number of applications it may take up to 1-2 months to process an individual application.

Applications above 400 000 NOK
For larger projects where the applied sum exceeds 400 000 NOK there are two annual deadlines:

March 1st
October 1st

All applications must be sent in by using our online application portal. The same goes for the end reports.