About the Programme

Regardless of whether you are new to the Programme and European funding or are an experienced applicant, this page will provide you with the information that you need to know before submitting your project idea and implementing your project.

What is the Interreg South Baltic Programme?

The Interreg South Baltic Programme is a funding instrument that seeks to activate the potential for blue and green growth through cross-border cooperation between local and regional actors. “Blue growth” addresses the economic potential of the Baltic Sea and its coastal regions for sustainable growth and jobs, to be developed in harmony with the marine environment and through cross-border cooperation. “Green growth” is a term to describe a path of economic growth that utilises natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Who can receive funding?

Examples (the list is not exhaustive): public administrations and agencies, municipal companies, chambers of commerce, clusters and business support organisations, education and R&D facilities, associations and NGOs, public transport operators, etc.

For which regions is the funding available?

  • in Germany – districts (Landkreise) of Mecklen­burg-Vorpommern: Nordwestmecklenburg, Rostock, Vorpommern-Rügen, Vorpommern-Greifswald and district-free city (kreisfreie Stadt): Rostock;
  • in Denmark – Regional Municipality of Bornholm and Region Zealand (subregions: Østsjælland, Vest- og Sydsjælland);
  • in Lithuania – counties of Klaipėda, Tauragė and Telšiai;
  • in Poland – subregions of: Miasto Szczecin, Szczeciński, Stargardzki, Koszaliński, Słupski, Starog­ardzki, Gdański, Trójmiejski and Elbląski.
  • in Sweden – counties of: Kalmar, Blekinge, Skåne and Kronoberg;

Click on the map below to display the eligible regions:

Which objectives can be funded?

SME competitiveness:

  • Increased presence of blue and green sector SMEs from the eligible area on international markets
  • Improved transfer of innovation for the benefit of blue and green sector SMEs

Sustainable use of common resources:

  • Increased development of the South Baltic area’s natural and cultural heritage assets into sustainable tourist destinations
  • Increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area

Sustainable Mobility

  • Improved quality and environmental sustainability of transport services in the South Baltic area

Labour skills:

  • Increased share of skilled labour force working in the blue and green economy sectors of the South Baltic area

Cooperation apacity:

  • Improved cooperation capacity of local South Baltic area actors through participation in cross-border networks

What are the key criteria to receive funding?

Cross-border project consortia can receive funding f they:

  • involve partner organisations from at least two programme area countries
  • are in line with the Programme’s strategy and scope (see “Which themes can be funded?”)
  • have a clear cross-border relevance
  • have a clear vision about results and impacts

How much funding can I receive?

Altogether EUR 78 000 000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) are available during the period 2014-2020.

The co-financing rate from ERDF for Polish, Lith­uanian and German beneficiaries will amount up to 85% of their eligible project costs, while Swedish and Danish beneficiaries will receive up to 75% of ERDF co-financing.

Indicative project budget:

  • ca. EUR 300 000 for a small-scale project.
  • ca. EUR 1 000 000 - 2 000 000 for a regular project.

Programme documents

  • Download the Cooperation Programme here»
  • Download a summary fact sheet here»
  • Download the Programme Manual here»
  • Download Monitoring Committee documents here»