NORDBUK: The good application

17.04.2019

By the time NORDBUK Grant Programme had its first deadline this year, a total of 25 hopeful applications went through the assessments. They were written by organisations, networks, youth departments and associations from across the Nordic Region.

After the decision meeting six projects received a message saying their project had obtained the support needed to realize their project idea. NORDBUK is looking forward to seeing how these youths develop the six projects and what they will return with in terms of new experiences, contacts and ideas.

There are two more deadlines to come this year, so there is still plenty of opportunity left to apply.

The purpose of the children and young people’s programmes are simple: Children and young people must experience ownership in projects that concern them!

They don’t have to decide everything, but in order to achieve a grant the applicant must carefully present ideas and methods on what a young cooperation can lead to across Nordic borders.

What’s good to consider?

NORDBUK wishes to strengthen children and young people’s cooperation within the areas of culture, politics and society in the Nordic Region. The target group is between zero and 30 years old. Project ideas from organisations, networks, groups, associations with a Nordic country of residence may apply. All projects must be based on a cooperation between at least three Nordic countries.

1. Remember that limitation is a good thing
All applications go through the same assessment points that are available to read on our website. It’s mandatory for the application to describe exactly how big of an influence children and young people have on the project and what it is that you/they wish to contribute to the Nordic cooperation. If this is your first time applying, then a simple yet well thought-out idea, may be most powerful.

2. Use the priorities to your advantage
NORDBUK is looking for projects that are aiming for a sustainable world. We’re talking about the UN’s Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goal number 12. Do you want to create tools for reducing our carbon footprint on nature, or change the way we get rid of waste and harmful pollutants? Maybe you already have a platform from where you can encourage corporations to adapt to a more sustainable work ethic? Maybe you’re stewing on a project idea that sees the potential for more jobs for young people within sustainable development, or something that furthers our knowledge on local culture and patterns of consumption in the Nordic Region?

NORDBUK is also interested in projects that specifically represent, support or prevent children and young people from living under vulnerable circumstances. Do you wish to create a greater inclusion of at-risk minorities or immigrants, or maybe help child refugees? It could be that you are better able to better the networks between children and young people who have or are at risk of deteriorating physical or mental health, or maybe find themselves between work and study? Maybe you have a greater expertise when it comes to including children and young people with little to no access to arts and culture, or discussing themes like online hate speech?

If you have prior experiences and good ideas, we want to hear from you.

Nobody is guaranteed support and it is unfortunately a bitter feeling to put time and effort into preparing an application, that can end up being rejected. However, there is no reason to despair. All NORDBUK rejection letters are quickly followed up with more in-depth feedback, that may assist you in developing your idea and application further.

The NORDBUK Grant Programme’s next deadline is on the 3rd of May at 15.59 Finnish time. What are you waiting for?

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