Norden 0–30 grant programme

The programme supports children and young people’s own projects and seeks to strengthen their organisational skills, influence, and participation in political, cultural, and social activities. The target group of the programme is children and young people up to the age of 30.

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The Nordic Committee for Children and Young People is the Nordic Council of Ministers’ advisory and co-ordinating body for issues relating to children and young people. Nordic Culture Point administers the Norden 0–30 (formerly NORDBUK) grant programme on behalf of the committee.

Which activities are funded?

You can apply for support for projects or networks that consist of cultural, political or social activities where children and young people are actively engaged in the process and are able to have a say in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the project. Project partners should always encourage democratic participation and ensure that the children and young people involved in the project gain greater influence on the project.

For example, a project may entail:

  • Networks. Either individual or a series of networking activities, such as meetings, conferences, workshops, camps, courses, or other activities designed to further develop and strengthen partnerships, provide opportunities for exchanging experiences, and to share resources for promotion efforts.
  • Production. This can include processes, campaign or information material, methodology material, reports, digital storytelling, or works of art designed to make children and young people more aware of their right to participate and influence.

Funding cannot be granted to:

  • organisations or networks that neither consist of, nor have experience of work on the inclusion of children and young people
  • individuals
  • sports organisations
  • commercial projects or commercial activities that aim to generate a financial profit
  • normal operating procedures, such as the purchase of equipment or furniture, or to pay salaries not directly linked to the project
  • activities that have already been completed. At the earliest, activities supported by the programme may begin eight weeks after the application deadline.


You can apply for grants from ranging between EUR 7,500 and EUR 25,000.

In addition to the sum applied for, at least 15% of the funding must come from another source and may consist of in-kind financing.

The total amount applied for from Norden 0–30 and other similar Nordic institutions may not exceed 85% of your total project costs. Other Nordic organisations include the Nordic Culture Fund and NordPlus.

“In-kind financing” means the provision of goods or services instead of money, which counts towards project financing. For instance, voluntary work can be included in the budget. The calculations should be specified in the application budget, and the total must be considered reasonable for the completion of the project. See here for an example of how to write a detailed budget appendix.

Extra funding for Agenda 2030 projects
In 2018 – 2020 the Nordic Committee for Children and Young People is collaborating with the Generation 2030 programme. The result is that the Norden 0–30 grant programme will be providing extra funds for the next three years. The result is that the Norden 0–30 grant programme will be providing extra funding for the next three years.
The extra funding can be applied for if the project already meets the basic criteria for the Norden 0–30 grant programme along with one of the following requirements:
The project focuses on the entire Agenda 2030. The project’s purpose is to get children and young people working with the agenda and the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) as a whole. The agenda becomes a useful and familiar tool. Children and young people in the Nordic Region must be the project’s primary target group.
The project focuses on Goal 12: sustainable consumption and production. The project’s purpose is to actively engage children and young people in the subject. Goal 12 becomes a useful and familiar tool. Children and young people in the Nordic Region must be the project’s primary target group.
Funding cannot be granted to:
  • projects that solely focus on reaching individual SDGs that are not obviously related to the subject of sustainable consumption and production or the agenda as a whole
  • projects that do not meet the usual criteria of the Norden 0–30 grant programme

Who can apply?

Grants are awarded to

  • organisations, groups, municipalities, institutions, associations and networks.

The project must take the form of co-operation between at least three Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and/or the Åland Islands.

The project applicant must reside in one of the Nordic countries stated above.

The applicant does not have to be young, but must represent a partner that either consists of, or has experience of, involving children and young people.

It is also considered particularly important if the project involves co-operation with parties from Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Åland, or the North Calotte. In this context, the North Calotte means: the counties of Finnmark, Nordland, and Troms in Norway, Norrbotten County in Sweden, and the Lappi Region in Finland.

In addition to the above, co-operation with Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and northwest Russia can be included in the application. In this context, northwest Russia means: Archangel Oblast, Kaliningrad Oblast, Leningrad Oblast, Murmansk Oblast, Pskov Oblast, Republic of Karelia, and the city of St. Petersburg.


How is an application assessed?

An assessment is based on the above criteria and how well the project manages to communicate the following.

The following are considered mandatory:  

Involvement and influence of children and young people

The project involves children and young people to the greatest extent possible in all parts of the project, from concept development to evaluation. The assessment will consider how much children and young people are involved in the project, and how the project has already been received by the target group.

Nordic added benefits

The project seeks to promote outstanding Nordic meetings and collaborations. It is considered beneficial if the project contributes to new partnerships, long-term results, or greater interaction between young people in the Nordic countries, which they themselves consider relevant and which has a positive impact on their role in Nordic culture, politics, or society.

It is an advantage if the application includes:          

Inclusion and increased representation of at-risk groups

The project has a special focus on including children or young people who are deemed vulnerable and are considered to be underrepresented either in the project’s activities or in project leadership at large. Which children and young people the project has as its primary target group depends on the project. An assessment is made on the chosen method and on the extent to which the co-operating parties are expected to fulfil the project’s objectives.

Greater inclusion can relate to minorities, immigrants, refugees, or those who have or are at risk of physical or mental disabilities, those who neither work nor study, who lack access to culture, or who experience online abuse. The capacity for participation of very young children and/or vulnerable or at-risk groups is taken into consideration.

Equality and sustainable development

The project has a clear goal of promoting greater gender equality and/or sustainable development, such as by meeting the SDGs in the Nordic countries.

Agenda 2030

Projects that wish to apply for the extra funding must indicate this in their application. As usual, the ability of children and young people to have a say in the project is assessed, as well as the extent to which the project promotes the chosen approach that seeks to increase the usability and knowledge of either goal 12 or the 17 goals as a whole.

Communication plan

The application should be submitted together with a clearly defined communication plan describing how the project’s target group is to be reached and how its targets are to be met. See here for an example of how to write a detailed communication appendix.

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Please note that the application deadline is 15:59, Finnish time. Granted projects may begin 8 weeks after the application deadline within the Norden 0–30 grant programme.

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