Project Support Facility

This year’s CBSS Project Support Facility (PSF) call focused on projects that put safety and security at the centre of Baltic Sea cooperation and strive to strengthen the resilience of the region. The call was closed on 31 March 2019.

In 2019 the CBSS Project Support Facility call for projects focused on the CBSS long-term priority ‘Safe and Secure Region. The ultimate goal of this priority is to make everyone feel safe and secure in every corner of our region. This can be achieved by strengthening the civil security and protection systems in the countries in the region, and by doing so in a coherent way – through cooperation.

The proposals responding to this call should refer to the societal security paradigm, which covers prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery to all sorts of threats, regardless of whether their origin is natural or man-made disasters or intentional human actions including exploitation. This concept promotes a comprehensive and coherent approach to reduce trans-boundary vulnerabilities and to build common capabilities for societal security and safety in the Baltic Sea Region. This holistic approach allows for addressing a broad spectre of challenges, from civil protection to prevention of criminal exploitation and trafficking in human beings, as well as combating organised and serious crime. Making the Baltic Sea Region a more safe and secure region is a complex endeavour that aims to develop a more resilient society and implement resilience at all levels of social organisation.

The prioritised areas put forward in the Joint Position on Enhanced Cooperation in the Civil Protection Area, adopted by the Directors General for Civil Protection in the Baltic Sea Region (May 2017), is a guide for proposals related to societal security. The Oslo Conclusions on identifying children at risk of exploitation and trafficking (May 2018) is another reference document.

Especially important are contributions that encourage building a common societal security culture in the BSR, by engaging civil society, in particular, volunteer organizations, children/youth, or senior citizens. Special emphasis should be put on people-to-people contacts, exchange of best practices and awareness raising for common attitudes to major threats and hazards as well as to situations of exploitation. Additionally, innovative solutions to common societal security challenges contribute to this objective. The way to achieve this is through the facilitation of cross-disciplinary and multi-level exchange of knowledge and experiences on societal security/safety issues.

Recognising the complexity of risk perception in relation to building resilience is also highly relevant. Attention should be paid to improving the individual citizen’s resilience to different types of hazards and risks in society including exploitation, with special attention to vulnerable groups. Related to this is also the alignment of the perception of risks with real-world threats and supporting the policy level in decision making by providing evidence-based information. Proposals contributing towards awareness raising of climate change risks and creating evidence-based awareness campaigns tailor-made to different groups in society are also encouraged.

Initiatives strengthening, building upon and improving current anti-trafficking policies, preventive and protective work in the Baltic Sea region through a coherent and multidisciplinary approach as well as promoting the understanding of relevant aspects of the trafficking industry and disseminating the information gathered about the role and modus operandi of perpetrators, victims, their rights etc. are encouraged.

More information on the CBSS Expert Group on Children at Risk Unit here.

More information on the CBSS Task Force against Trafficking in Human beings here.

More information PA Secure here.

Please read the PSF-Manual before filling in the application.

Questions? Ask us at the Secretariat

Financial and technical questions:
Questions related to project content and the theme Safe and Secure Region:
The applications with all the required supporting documents shall be submitted to:

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.  

For more information please download the PSF Manual.

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

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