Demos is a funding programme for civil society in the Nordic Region. A strong and vigorous civil society is a supporting pillar of Nordic democracy and plays a vital role in giving Nordic citizens – men and women, and boys and girls alike – the opportunity to channel their voices and interests outside political organisations.

The Ministers for Nordic Co-operation have adopted a new funding programme for civil society in the Nordic Region through which civil society organisations can apply for funding for the formation of networks and in order to meet across Nordic borders. The programme will be launched in the autumn of 2022.

What can you apply for funding for?

Demos funds projects and networks where civil society comes together and participates in cultural, political, or social activities. This can include facilitating meetings and the exchange of ideas and knowledge between different civil society organisations in the Nordic Region.

Who can apply?

Funding can be applied for by civil society organisations in all areas of society. Funding can be applied for by associations, foundations, charities, civic organisations, interest organisations, labour organisations, faith communities, social enterprises or co-operatives, and NGOs.

To be able to apply for funding, the organisation must be established in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Åland). The activity must be carried out by partners from at least three Nordic countries. Funding may cover additional partners who do not operate in the Nordic Region.

Individuals cannot apply.


The first application round of the new programme will take place in the autumn of 2022.

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