Guidelines for Applicants

NIKK spade symbolThese guidelines for the funding scheme are based on a decision in the Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality dated 23 June 2013. The guidelines were revised 1 December 2015. The guidelines are a good source of information about what  the Nordic Council of Ministers will expect from applicants. The call for applications can be found here.

Purpose and criteria

The purpose of the fund is to stimulate Nordic gender equality cooperation within the framework of the gender equality ministers’ cooperation programme and the priorities therein.

Funding is only granted to projects expected to generate both Nordic value and added gender equality value.

All applications must state whether they have included the following perspectives:

  • Sustainable development (Strategy for sustainable development, see www.norden.org)
  • Inclusion of a children and young adults perspective (Strategy for children and young adults, see www.norden.org)

The funding scheme is intended for activities that begin in the same year as the application is approved and end within two years of the contract date. Applications for activities initiated prior to the application deadline will not be approved.

All applications must state and will be assessed based on how well the following aspects are considered:

1.Nordic value
2.Added gender equality value
3.Prioritised themes in the present programme for Nordic gender equality cooperation
4.Sustainability
5.Economic viability

 

1. Nordic value
Nordic value occurs when an activity

  • generates significant positive effects through Nordic cooperation
  • manifests and develops the Nordic community
  • contributes to Nordic competence and competitiveness

 

2. Added gender quality value
Added gender equality value occurs when an activity

  • contributes to equal opportunities for care, power and influence for women and men
  • contributes to joint development of and/or sharing of experiences regarding methods, models, knowledge and/or resources for the Nordic gender equality work
  • contributes to infrastructure that helps strengthen the Nordic gender equality cooperation

 

3.Prioritised themes in the present programme for Nordic gender equality cooperation

The themes are:

  • Welfare and innovation
  • Gender equality in the public space

The two cross-cutting themes for the entire cooperation programme are:

  • Sustainable development with a focus on diversity
  • Facilitate mens’ and boys’ participation in gender equality work

Read more about the prioritised themes here.

 

4. Sustainability
Sustainability refers to the degree to which the activity will have lasting effects and results. Examples of lasting results are infrastructure and products that remain after an activity has been completed, such as networks, websites and reports.

 

5. Economic viability
Applicants are expected to make own contributions to the activity and/or find additional funding sources. This contribution must correspond to at least 20 per cent of the total cost and may be covered by sponsors or other funding sources or through voluntary work, participation fees or indirect costs.
The funding requested should amount to DKK 50 000–500 000.

Support will not be granted for indirect costs such as salaries related to support activities such as bookkeeping, cleaning or janitorial tasks and other operating costs (for example rent, electricity and IT costs).

The following activities are not eligible for funding:

  • Activities already funded partly or fully by MR-JÄM or the Nordic Council of Ministers
  • Activities for which a budget in DKK has not been submitted
  • Activities designed to generate a profit for the funding recipient

A clear budget with all items stated in DKK, including the total amount, must be submitted with the application. Own contributions and the total funding amount must also be displayed clearly in the budget. Funding to cover auditing and travel costs will not be granted (travel costs for representatives from voluntary organisations and invited speakers are exempt from this rule).
Approved activities may be granted a lower amount than requested, and/or funding related to parts of the application.

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Eligibility

The following activities are eligible for funding:

  • Nordic conferences/meetings
  • Investigations/studies
  • Network development
  • Projects
  • Participation of voluntary organisations in Nordic or international conferences/courses/meetings

 

Support will not be granted for indirect costs such as salaries related to support activities such as bookkeeping, cleaning or janitorial tasks and other operating costs (for example rent, electricity and IT costs).

The fund is intended for a broad target group and the calls for applications are open to a wide range of activities and organisations, including:

  • Voluntary/citizens’ organisations
  • Networks
  • Government agencies and other public organisations (for example municipalities and university units
  • Other non-commercial actors
  • Businesses (small and medium-sized)

 

Each project must involve at least three Nordic countries, where the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands can count as one. Funding may also be granted for activities involving collaboration in neighbouring areas (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as well as North-West Russia) in which at least two Nordic countries are participating. The primary applicant should come from a Nordic country, the Faroe Islands, Greenland or the Åland Islands.

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Limitations

The following activities are not eligible for funding:

  • Activities already funded partly or fully by MR-JÄM or the Nordic Council of Ministers
  • Activities for which a budget in DKK has not been submitted
  • Activities for which the funding application has been submitted past the application deadline
  • Activities for which a complete application has not been submitted (all mandatory fields have not been completed or appendices are missing)
  • Organisation linked to political parties
  • Individuals
  • Activities designed to generate a profit for the funding recipient

 

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Application and deadline

The application is to be submitted in one of the three Scandinavian languages or in English through the use of an online application form provided by NIKK on their website www.nikk.no.

A timeplan and budget for the activity are to be enclosed with the application. One of the applying parties will be listed as the principally responsible.

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Decision, contract, and reporting

NIKK informs the applicants about the outcome via e-mail during May, after decisions are made and The Committee of Senior Officials for Gender Equality has had the chance to veto.

Activities granted funding must sign a contract with NIKK according to certain routines. The money can be disbursed once the contract has been signed. The applicant should be aware that the money is typically disbursed at least one month after the request has been made.

As a rule, 85 % of the amount granted for an activity will be disbursed upon request at the start of the project, the remaining 15 % upon approval of a final report. Exceptions may be made.

The primary applicant is responsible for sending the final report (self-evaluation) and bookkeeping to NIKK within two months after the activity has ended. Unused means will be reimbursed to NIKK.

The final report will answer to questions like:

  • What is the Nordic value of the activity?
  • What is the Added gender equality value of the activity? Which lasting effects and results have the activity had? Examples of lasting results are infrastructure and products that remain after an activity has been completed, such as networks, websites and reports.
  • How has information and knowledge from the activity been communicated (how many persons/nations have the activity reached, which target groups, which channels)?
  • How will (results from) the activity continue to be conveyed and used within the applying organisations?
  • The most important lessons from the activity

 

 

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