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Project Support Facility

The latest PSF call for projects focused on culture and empowering the future-builders of the region. By the deadline 31 March 2018, 43 applications were received.

By the deadline, on the 31st of March, we had received 43 applications for projects in the field of culture, education and youth. We thank everyone who applied for the exciting and innovative suggestions and interesting partnerships. After careful consideration, the 43 applications received by the deadline of 31 March 2018, were whittled down by the Committee of Senior Officials to the final seven projects.

Regional Identity is a long-term priority of CBSS aiming to develop and foster the concept of a belonging to the Baltic Sea Region through engagement, dialogue, people-to-people contacts, networks and multilevel governance. We would like to see projects that focus on either one or all of the following: culture, education, children and youth.

Projects for, with and by children and young people are highly valued. The projects shall aim to strengthen children and young people’s influence and participation in organisational, cultural, and educational settings (international labor and student mobility, improved common education and labor market) and to strengthen a sense of “we-feeling” in the Baltic Sea Region.

Cultural co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region has many facets and we welcome projects driven by the highest artistic quality, as well as where culture is used as a force to build bridges across borders, as well as social and political differences. The declaration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 offers a fantastic opportunity to focus on Baltic Sea Region cultural heritage. Looking at our common history fosters mutual understanding and is an important prerequisite for jointly tackling the challenges the Baltic Sea Region faces today.

What are the platforms for cooperation on education in the Baltic Sea Region in the future? CBSS has for years devoted attention to higher education, with projects within this field still remaining of high interests. We also welcome projects in other fields within education and projects that address the need for a strategic approach toward education in the region.

To qualify for funding, projects must also reflect dimensions of sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Projects supported should provide space for both professionals as well as ordinary citizens to get involved and make their voices heard. Respect for the inviolability of human dignity – regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability is implicit and every project should take gender mainstreaming into consideration.

PSF in brief:

– The projects should be transnational in character and aim to have a sustainable outcome.

– The maximum amount of co-financing granted is 65 000 euros.

– The project proposals may be initiated by individuals, groups, organisations, institutions, associations and companies in the CBSS Member states, as well as CBSS Expert Groups and CBSS Networks.

– The granted projects should have the potential to become a basis for a network, partnership or cooperation model that would become viable beyond the duration of the project life itself.

Questions? Ask us at the Secretariat

Financial and technical questions: Mia.skyten@cbss.org
Questions related to project content and the theme Regional Identity: anna.enemark@cbss.org
The applications with all the required supporting documents shall be submitted to: psf@cbss.org

The CBSS Secretariat will notify all applicants as to the outcome of their application within one month period after the CSO decision.

Previous Projects

Here  you can see the overview of the CBSS PSF 2017 funded projects.

Here you can see the overview of the  CBSS PSF 2013-2015 and 2016 funded projects.

For more on current and past projects, see the menu on the right.

PSF Background

The CBSS Project Support Facility (PSF) was created at the 9th Baltic Sea States Summit in Stralsund, Germany, on 30 – 31 May 2012. During the first PSF period (2013-2015, with additional funding based on voluntary contributions of the CBSS Member States in 2016) 23 projects were funded.

The main purpose of the CBSS PSF is to co-finance the development and implementation of Baltic Sea Region (BSR) cooperation projects contributing to CBSS long-term priorities, bringing added value for the Baltic Sea Region, showing impact in regional cooperation and fostering sustainable partnerships. The total amount of the CBSS PSF for three years is one million euro.

The CBSS Committee of Senior Officials called upon by the Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs in the Warsaw Declaration of 8 June 2016 to “explore ways and means of project support for the implementation of the long-term priorities of the CBSS” and agreed at the CSO meeting in Stockholm on 30 November 2016 to continue the CBSS PSF. The revised PSF Manual is anticipated for a three-year funding period from 2017 to 2019 with one call per year. With this revised Manual the CBSS aims at increased efficiency and transparency during the new PSF period.

The CBSS PSF is an instrument to finance project preparation and implementation, in relation to the 3 long-term priority areas of the CBSS:

Regional Identity,  aiming to develop and foster the concept of Baltic Sea Region identity and a sense of belonging to the Baltic Sea Region through engagement, dialogue, people-to-people contacts, macroregional networks and multilevel governance.

Sustainable and Prosperous Region, working towards developing the Baltic Sea Region as a model region of sustainable societies able to manage and use resources efficiently, and to tap the economic, technological, ecological & social innovation potential of the region, in order to ensure its prosperity, environmental protection and social cohesion.

Safe & Secure Region, with the goal to enhance societal security and safety in the Baltic Sea Region and to ensure that people of the Region are protected from and resilient to violence, accidents and emergencies through preparedness, and safeguarded against harm caused by criminal exploitation and human trafficking.  

Please download the PSF application form here.

For more information please download the PSF Manual.

Applications with all required documents shall be submitted to the CBSS electronically at psf@cbss.org and CC: mia.skyten@cbss.org and anna.enemark@cbss.org.

The CBSS Secretariat will endeavour to notify all applicants as to the outcome of their application within one month period after the CSO decision. Applications that have been selected for financing will receive an explanation of the action required to complete the contractual procedures.

PSF project reporting templates for 2017-2019: PSF Progress Report (if needed), Final Report and Financial Report.