The 2023 CBSS Project Support Facility call focuses on the CBSS long-term priority ‘Safe and Secure Region’, more specifically on managing increasing risks for states and societies, including those resulting from climate change, and building more resilient communities.
By the deadline 31 March 2023, the CBSS Secretariat had received 20 submitted PSF applications. The interest in PSF was even higher than the number of applications indicates, as over 70 individual registrations from applicants were received for the call. However, the focus of the PSF call 2023 on the priority ‘Safe and Secure Region’, more specifically on managing increasing risks for states and societies, including those resulting from climate change, and building more resilient communities, decreased the amount of eligible project proposals.
The Member States of the CBSS have emphasised the deteriorating security situation in the region and the increasing impact of climate change, affecting the life and health of the population, environment, and economy. The ability of all communities and individuals to identify the sources and impacts of threats, plan for adaptation and reduce exposure and vulnerability to state and societal risks, including those resulting from climate change, and develop practical solutions is crucial for the safety and security of the society and this is what the PSF call 2023 was dedicated to.
Six projects have been shortlisted by the Selection Committee and approved for the PSF funding. The projects selected:
- present a direct relevance to the CBSS long-term priority ‘Safe and Secure Region’ ,
- align with the selected PSF call 2023 subject, focus on the CBSS long-term priority ‘Safe and Secure Region’, more specifically on managing increasing risks for states and societies, including those resulting from climate change, and building more resilient communities.
- provide substantial added value for the Baltic Sea Region cooperation,
- display quality and a sustainable character,
- involve relevant partnership constellations, where partners are well established and includes at least three CBSS Member States.
The list of the selected projects is available here.
About the PSF
The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) established the Project Support Facility (PSF) in 2012 to provide co-financing for projects across the Baltic Sea Region, with the aim of promoting sustainable partnerships in line with the CBSS’s three long-term priority areas. The first PSF Call was launched in 2013.
The PSF invites all eligible actors in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) to apply for grants to implement small-scale projects. These projects can be community-based or profession/expert-based, and aim to foster sustainable development in the BSR.
- Projects shall emphasise the development of sustainable processes and networks aimed to bring added value for the BSR and to at least one of the CBSS long-term priority areas as well as to bring added value to and visibility for macro-regional cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region.
- Projects must involve partners from at least three CBSS Member States including a lead partner;
- 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 members of 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.
Facts & Figures
The Project Support Facility 3 year budget is 1 million euros. Over the years, it went to supporting 60 different projects from around the region.
Katerina Popova, CBSS Project Support Facility Coordinator,
Phone: +46 73 801 55 20, Email: [email protected]
* On 3 March 2022, the members of the CBSS decided to suspend Russia from further participation in the Council’s activities (Ministerial Declaration). On 17 May 2022, Russia withdrew from the CBSS, thus it is no longer eligible as the project partner for the PSF funding.