Norden 0–30 grant programme

Norden 0-30 is a funding programme for young people in the Nordic Region aged 0 to 30 who have a creative project idea that requires funding. Projects that can be funded should cover culture, social issues, and/or politics. The largest amount you can apply for is EUR 50,000.  

Are you aged 0 to 30 or do you represent an organisation that works with children or young people?
Does your organisation have documented experience of working with children and young people?
Are you planning a collaboration that involves partners from other Nordic countries?

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Norden 0-30 (formerly NORDBUK) has been set up by the Nordic Committee for Children and Young People, which is the Nordic Council of Ministers’ advisory and co-ordinating body for all issues relating to children and young people. Nordic Culture Point administers the funding programme for the committee. With Norden 0-30, the committee is seeking to support children and young people’s own projects. 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.

Read our information to funding recipients regarding the coronavirus here

NB: Since the making of this video, it has become possible for two (2) countries to apply for funding from Norden 0–30 (not “at least three”, as stated in the video).

Who can apply?

Grants are awarded to

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

Norden 0-30 supports projects with partners from two (2) or three (3) Nordic countries.

  • In projects consisting of partners from two (2) Nordic countries one of them must be Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Islands or Åland Islands.
  • At least three (3) Nordic countries must participate in projects that consist of three or more countries. In this case, Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Åland Islands count as Nordic countries.

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 and Latvia can be included in the application.

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.


For projects consisting of at least three (3) Nordic countries you can apply for €0–50 000.
For projects consisting of two (2) Nordic countries you can apply for €0–10 000.

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.


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.


Click here to read some frequently asked questions about our programmes

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.

Application rounds:
06.09.2022 – 06.10.2022 15:59

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