The new Nordic-Russian programme for implementing environment and climate projects in North-West Russia has launched its first call for proposals.
The purpose of the Programme for Environment and Climate Co-operation (PECC) is to contribute directly to create an improved status for the environment and climate in North-West Russia and indirectly lead to improvements in the Nordic and Baltic countries and the whole Barents Region by supporting relevant projects at regional and local levels in North-West Russia.
Funding is available for building networks, disseminating information, improving capacity, and investing in equipment, technology and infrastructure within the fields of renewable energy sources, energy savings and improved energy efficiency, cleaner production and sustainable consumption, sustainable city and land-use planning and protection of nature.
Grant financing can be awarded to partnerships between Nordic non-commercial institutions, organisations or authorities on regional and municipal levels, and their corresponding qualified partners located in North-West Russia. Commercial companies cannot apply for funding or be partners, but may provide adequate technology and services on sound commercial conditions. Selected proposals may receive grant financing from EUR 30,000 to EUR 200,000 subject to certain co-financing requirements.
“We are very pleased to administrate this new funding programme for the implementation of environmental projects in Russia and we have already received many interesting project enquiries prior to the first call,” says Henrik G Forsström, Senior Advisor at NEFCO.
Applications can be sent through the application website until 15 May 2017, and questions related to the applications process and the call should be submitted through the application system or to pecc [at] nefco.fi by 12 April 2017.
The total amount of funding for the programme is EUR 1.1 million, provided by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Barents Hot Spots Facility (BHSF), a fund administered by NEFCO since 2004. The Nordic Council of Ministers contributes DKK 6 million, and EUR 300,000 is allocated from the BHSF.