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Project development is a challenging task and the Northern Periphery Programme 2007-2013 has therefore created two project types: preparatory projects and main projects.

Preparatory Projects

Distance and costs are often obstacles to the development of a strong and well balanced project partnership, due to the dispersed geography of the NPP area. For that reason, Preparatory Projects are a tool developed to bring potential project partners together and to generate high-quality main project applications.

Experience from previous programmes has shown that preparatory projects often result in more successful main project applications.

Minimum requirements

  • An eligible project idea
  • 2 contributing partners from 2 countries
  • Eligible match funding in place
  • Completion of the specific preparatory project application form

Financial information
The total budget for a preparatory project is €30 000 and the maximum grant to a preparatory project is €18 000.

A grant rate of 60% of eligible costs will be applied for all partners (both Member State and Non Member State). The grant is on condition of public match funding and an eligible application.

Expected results
A preparatory project is intended to lead to an application for main project funding in the Northern Periphery Programme. However, if in the course of the project it becomes obvious that an application in this context is not possible for any number of reasons, this too would be an acceptable outcome. More...


A continuous call system is in place for the submission of preparatory project applications, meaning that they can be submitted at any time. There is a simplified application procedure for preparatory project applications and process takes approximately one month. More...

Main Project

In order to apply for main project funding, project partners should have a project idea for transnational cooperation that addresses one of the priorities of the programme, a joint project plan, a firm project partnership consisting of three or more partners from at least three different programme partner countries and public match funding should be in place.

For more information, please read the section Main Project Calls.



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