The first call of the Central Baltic Programme 2021-2027 is open

As of today, 10 February, the first call for project proposals to the Central Baltic Programme 2021-2027 is open. The call closes on 31 March 2022 at 12:00 Finnish time (EET).

With an indicative budget of 118 million EUR from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Central Baltic welcomes projects to cooperate in our region by solving common problems and working on joint opportunities – together and across borders. We fund projects in seven Programme Objectives.

Two types of projects: small and regular

The call is open for two types of projects: small projects and regular projects. Both small projects and regular projects can submit project proposals via the joint electronic monitoring system Jems until 31 March 2022. All applications are to be submitted electronically to the system by 12:00 (Finnish time, EET) on the closing date of the call. It is strongly recommended not to leave the submission to the last moments of the call.

The small projects fill in and submit the application form in Jems once. For regular projects, the application procedure is done in two steps. Only those regular project applications passing the first step will continue to the second step to fill in the whole application with all annexes.

Assessment and decision making

The received applications are assessed by the Joint Secretariat after the call is closed. The decisions on which small projects are approved and which regular projects can proceed to the second step are taken by the Programme Monitoring Committee consisting of representatives from each participating Member State.

The Monitoring Committee meeting is planned for June. The second step application process of the regular projects is foreseen for autumn 2022. The decisions by the Monitoring Committee on the second step applications are initially planned for December 2022.

Guidance in filling in the Application Form in Jems

The Joint Secretariat has created a guidance document for applying for a project. This document is important to all applicants and can be downloaded from the website by visiting the following section:

If you encounter any problems with Jems, forgot your password or need any other technical support, do not hesitate to contact our dedicated helpdesk

For any content related support visit the programme website dedicated For Applicants. You will find everything you need to know for the call, including key material, guidance videos and call calendar.

You are very welcome to be in contact with the Project Managers at the Joint Secretariat with any content related questions.

Who can apply for what types of joint activities?

To receive funding from this programme, projects must have a clear cross-border character and involve partners from at least two programme countries.

The first thing to do is to get acquainted with the programme intervention logic to find out which joint cross-border challenges are targeted, what types of project activities are funded, and what concrete results are expected from the funded projects. To get a good understanding of these issues, read the Programme Manual carefully. You will find information on requirements from a project, forming a good partnership, partner relevance, different types of projects and many other issues from the Programme Manual.

Ready to start?

Click here to enter the Jems to register and start filling in the application:

About the Central Baltic Programme 2021-2027

NB! Please be aware that the Programme has not yet been approved by the European Commission which means the content of the Programme documents and the terms of references of this call may change.