About the funding program

Since the establishment in 1993 the Norwegian Barents Secretariat has contributed to the co financing of 3200 Norwegian-Russian cooperation projects. If you have a good project idea and a Norwegian or Russian partner, the chances of receiving funds from the Norwegian Barents secretariat are good.

Every year the Ministry of Foreign Affairs place 35 million NOK at the disposal of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat to support regional Norwegian-Russian cooperation projects. The Secretariat distributes the funds to the projects which fulfill the criteria which are set for project applicants. The aim is to establish stronger relations between Norwegians and Russians living in the north. The Barents Secretariat project funds cofinance most of the projects. However, there are several smaller financing programs which are aimed at supporting various fields of priority.

Below you see the programs we administer:

Financing program Project type Case administration
The Barents Secretariat's projects funds

All Norwegian-Russian
cooperation projects

All projects applying for less than 400.000 NOK are administered continuously.
For larger applications there are application deadlines twice every year.
The Barents Regional Youth Program

Multilateral cooperation
projects for youth

Continuously case administration

The Barents Secretariat health fund

health projects

Continuously case administration

Larger Norwegian-Russian culture projects for professional artists.

Twice every year
Sports program Norwegian-Russian sports cooperation projects. Continuously case administration
Media travel support program Norwegian or Russian journalists covering news in their neighbouring country. Continuously case administration


The criteria for each program varies and it is important to know what is demanded before you start to work on the application. 

If you have questions, call +47 78 97 70 50 and ask for a consultation with one of our advisers.  


Norwegian Barents Secretariat
Po box 276
NO-9915 Kirkenes

Visitors address:
Rådhusgata 8, Kirkenes.

Twitter: @BarentsSec
Facebook: facebook.com/barsek

Telefon: +47 78 97 70 50

Russian offices

Contact our Russian offices for project assistance or other relevant issues:

Murmansk Office
Arkhangelsk Office
Nenets Office

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About us

The Norwegian Barents secretariat aims at improving the Norwegian-Russian relations by promoting cross border cooperation.

The Secretariat is also a center of compentence for Norwegian-Russian relations and for regional cross border cooperation.