Baltic Media Grant

BUDGET (2020-2021): 1 700 000 DKK ( ca 227 000 EUR)

DEADLINE: more info in the beginning of 2021

COUNTRIES: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania


  • The main objective of the Program is to increase quality and attractiveness of local, regional and national media and media products in the Baltic countries, with a special focus on inclusive content that addresses the needs and demands of communities in ethnically diverse or distinct regions.
  • The goal of the Program is to augment and enhance production of high quality content in local, regional and national media products and media outlets in the Baltic countries by providing small scale grants.

For whom? 

  • Editorial offices of media outlets registered in one of the three Baltic states 
  • Freelance journalists

For what? 

  • High-quality print, transmitted or online media content related to Russian and Polish speaking minorities in the Baltic States. Content can be produced in Russian, Polish, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian language; however priority will be given to materials in Russian and Polish.

 Funding principles and eligible costs 

  • The minimum grant is 600 EUR, and the maximum – 10 000 EUR.
  • In some cases, in particular projects that include cooperation between several partners in one Baltic country or between partners in more than one Baltic country, the size of one project could be up to 20 000 EUR.
  • All the media products created during the projects should be published in relevant local, national or regional media registered in one or more of the Baltic countries. Freelance journalists will need to document their access to publishing in media in order to qualify for a grant.
  • The projects that apply new technical solutions and create innovative media platforms, with the aim to get a better outreach to younger audiences, are encouraged to apply. (This could also include elements of support for the creation of common platforms, where different language communities will have possibilities to meet in order to strengthen integration in society.
  • Projects are encouraged to address or relate to the following cross-cutting themes: gender, sustainable development and youth.
  • Media products produced within the project must comply with the core principles of good journalism.
  • All funded media products have to be freely accessible to a national or global online audience without any access barriers such as paid access or registration.
  • The maximum duration of projects – 12 months.

Eligible costs: 

  • Media production costs:
    • Salary for production of media products (remuneration to employed journalists, translators, editors, designers, the freelance journalists acting as project applicants, etc.);
    • External services for production of media products (payment for provision of external media production services, such as article production, translation, editing, production of video or audio material, etc.).
  • Travel and accommodation costs:
    • International travel (expenses for economy flight, train and bus tickets, fuel, insurance, per diem, etc.);
    • Local travel (economy local transport tickets, car rent, fuel, etc.);
    • Accommodation (economy hotels, etc.).
  • Project management costs:
    • Project manager remuneration (payment for the project manager salary or fee) – maximum 10% of grant (ineligible for freelance journalists acting as project applicants);
    • Other costs (payment for rent of equipment, distribution and promotion of media products, etc.) – maximum 10% of the grant.
  • Indirect costs (Overheads) (costs related to the administration of the project, such as office supplies, accounting, communication costs, etc.) – maximum 7% of the grant.

NB! The grant scheme will concentrate on production of media content, and will, therefore, not be able to support directly the enhancement of skills and capacities of media professionals, study trips, trainings, purchase of equipment, rent of premises etc.

 Application process 

  • Applicants must read Application Form and Application guidelines before drafting the actual Application. The Application must follow the format of the provided Application Form and take note of the instructions given there.
  • NB! All project documentation (application, reports) must be in English language.
  • The deadline for applications is March 1st, 2020 (at 23:59. Eastern European Summer Time (EEST), +0300 UTC).
  • Filled applications should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by 17th April 2020.

Grant program documents

Grant homepage

Granted projects: 

General information about the programme  

Lina Gumbrevičienė
The Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania
Didzioji 5, Vilnius
tel. +370 682 52618
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