Nordic Embassy Cooperation Programme (NEP)


DEADLINE: next deadline for 2024 to be announced soon


About the Nordic Embassy Cooperation Programme (NEP)

The Nordic Embassy Cooperation Programme aims to promote cooperation among Nordic embassies and diplomatic missions in the world in line with the Nordic Council of Ministers Our vision 2030.

To achieve the objectives of the vision, the funding is aimed at supporting projects with a clear connection to one or more of the strategic priorities of Our vision 2030: a green Nordic region, a competitive Nordic region, and a socially sustainable Nordic region.


It is possible to apply for grants for both small and larger projects with a budget of at least 5.000 EUR and no greater than 45.000 EUR.

  • Small grants may support one-time events, single activities or alike.
  • Medium- to large scale grants may support multiple events, series of activities or in support of advocacy of relevant agendas related to Our vision 2030 Our vision 2030 over the course of up to one, two years in some cases

Who can apply

Nordic Embassy Cooperation Programme is available to all Nordic embassies and diplomatic missions outside of the Nordic region.

How to apply

  • The electronic application system at is open from February 19th 2024.
  • Please read the guidelines carefully and start formulating your projects in good time, that will ensure that we can respond to any possible questions or concerns in due time.
  • Register or log in if you are already a user of the NEP-programme and start compiling the application - please note that you can fill in the application step by step up to the deadline.
  • Do not forget to submit your application before the deadline - April 3rd 13:00 p.m. EET!

Essential requirements (NB! Read the guidelines):

  • Only Nordic embassies and/or diplomatic missions outside the Nordic region may apply. 
  • The project lead partner (applying institution) has to be a Nordic embassy or Nordic diplomatic mission outside the Nordic region. Involvement is defined as helping to run or implement the project.
  • All projects must involve at least three of the following countries: Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland. However, one of the Nordic countries may be replaced by one non-Nordic country.
  • Alternatively one Nordic embassy, one Nordic diplomatic mission and one or multiple partner organizations from the host country may also qualify.
  • Furthermore national cultural institutes, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the host country, other organizations of the local/host country and other partners alike are encouraged to participate jointly with Nordic embassies or diplomatic missions.
  • Projects must be linked to the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Our Vision 2030. This means that projects need to incorporate one or more of the following aspects in its preparation, objectivity and activities:
    • A green Nordic Region: together, we will promote a green transition of our societies and work towards carbon neutrality and a sustainable circular and bio-based economy.
    • A competitive Nordic Region: together, we will promote green growth in the region based on knowledge, innovation, mobility, and digital integration.
    • A socially sustainable Nordic Region: Together we will promote an inclusive, gender-equal, and cohesive region with shared values, increased cultural exchanges, and enhanced welfare provisions.
  • Applicants should elaborate how the following interdisciplinary perspectives: gender equality, children’s rights and youth perspective and sustainable development are implemented and/or mainstreamed in the project. 
  • Projects help to add Nordic value and the outcomes benefit the Nordic countries.

More information about the programme and further guidelines for applying can be found at the application portal of the NEP-programme:



For any questions or concerns please contact the NEP-Grants Programme administrator:

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Merilin Kolk

Adviser, Nordic Council of Ministers´ Office in Estonia

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