Dos and Don’ts when applying for Central Baltic funding

Are you gearing up to apply for funding through the Central Baltic Programme 2021-2027? Crafting a successful project proposal demands careful planning, accurate budgeting, and smooth collaboration with partners. We’ve compiled a list of dos and don’ts to guide you in creating a strong proposal.


  • Understand the Programme Objectives and the associated result indicators. Shape your proposal to align with these objectives and consider how your project can contribute to achieving the objectives and defined indicators.
  • Start by thoroughly reviewing the Guide for Applying for a Project that corresponds to the specific call you’re interested in (Second call for regular projects or Third call for small projects). This will provide you with the information needed for submitting a quality proposal.
  • Establish a relevant and feasible partnership. Your project must involve a minimum of two partners possessing the required expertise from at least two different countries.
  • Explain the relevance of the challenge your project aims to address and why it should be tackled now and across borders. Provided arguments should demonstrate why the problem matters and for whom. 
  • Elaborate a work plan of activities and relevant budget that matches the challenge you are tackling and ensures the reaching of planned results in a cost-efficient and timely manner.
  • Make sure to listen carefully to the advice given by our team during the project idea consultation. This is crucial for building a strong application.
  • Delve into the evaluation criteria detailed in the Programme Manual (Chapter 3.4). This will enable you to self-assess your project proposal and identify potential weaknesses to address them proactively before submission.


  • Avoid rushing through the process. Dedicate enough time to carefully read the requirements to ensure you meet the eligibility rules. Remember, you can revise and refine your draft application as many times as needed before submitting it prior to the deadline.
  • Don’t be discouraged in case you don’t get funded on the first try. Grow from the feedback and comments received and try again.
  • Don’t rely on your previous experience with Central Baltic or other projects/programmes. The requirements are not totally identical across the programmes, so it is important to study the Central Baltic 2021-2027 key documents.
  • Don’t leave your submission to the last minute, to avoid unnecessary mistakes or technical setbacks. This mitigates the risk of avoidable errors or technical glitches.

By following these guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to craft a compelling project proposal for Central Baltic funding. Good luck!

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Do’s and dont’s when applying for funding

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