Cooperation in the Baltic Region

The Baltic Culture Fund
From January 2019, grants are available from the Baltic Culture Fund for joint cultural projects between Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. The main goal of the Baltic Culture Fund, founded on 8 July 2018 on the basis of the Agreement between the Ministries of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Estonia and Republic of Latvia on the Establishment of the Baltic Culture Fund, is to promote cultural cooperation between the Baltic countries and strengthen the internationalization of Lithuanian, Estonian and Latvian culture through joint cultural projects and events. Grants are awarded annually.
The statutes, application procedure and logo of the Baltic Cultural Fund are available on the programme’s website at
Cultural Endowment of Estonia
Suur-Karja 23, 10148 Tallinn
Fund leadership period: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2021
State Culture Capital Foundation
Vilandes iela 3, Riga LV-1010
Fund leadership period: 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2024
Lithuanian Council for Culture
Naugarduko g. 10, 01309 Vilnius
Fund leadership period: 1 January 2025 – 31 December 2027

Baltic Council of Ministers / Baltic Cultural Committee

The Baltic Council of Ministers – the institution of trilateral intergovernmental cooperation - was established at the meeting of the Baltic Prime Ministers on the 13th of June 1994. The structure of the Council takes into account political interests and gives a possibility to manage the trilateral cooperation. The Baltic Council of Ministers operates under the guidance of the Prime Ministers’ Council.
Trilateral cooperation in the field of culture is coordinated by the Baltic Cultural Committee of senior officials, who meet annually to discuss cooperation issues. Cultural cooperation guidelines are provided by the Programme of Cultural Cooperation, signed between the all three Ministries of Culture.
Programme of Cultural Cooperation between the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia for the years 2019-2022
Trilateral initiatives:
Kremerata Baltica:
Baltic Museology Summer School:
Competition Best of the Baltic Book Design
International Folk Festival Baltica
Baltic Student Song Festival Gaudeamus
Baltic Seminar of National Libraries LiLaEst
Baltic Theatre Forum
Baltic Dance Platform
Baltic Film Days
Baltic Amateur Theatre Festival Baltic Ramp
Baltic Architects Unions Association (BAUA)
Baltic Way (UNESCO The Memory of the World Register):
The Baltic Way Stories: 
Baltic Song and Dance Celebrations (UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity):
and other initiatives.

Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture

Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture was launched in 2009 on the initiative of the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Ministries of Culture of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme is open to applicants from all the Nordic and Baltic countries. The Baltic countries, together with the Nordic countries, take part on equal footing in both decision-making and funding.
The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture provides funding for:
mobility for individuals
network building for cultural operators
residency centres

  • The programme is open for professional:
  • artists
  • producerscultural operators in all fields of art and culture

The Programme is administered by the Nordic Contact Point in Helsinki, Finland. 

Sweden-Lithuania Cooperation Fund
The Sweden-Lithuania Cooperation Fund supports projects which stimulate the development of bilateral relations between the countries. The purpose is to strengthen, broaden, renew and diversify Swedish-Lithuanian relationships.
The Sweden-Lithuania Cooperation Fund supports the development of promising project ideas and the start-up phase of new projects with a clear development perspective. Particular attention is given to exchange and cooperation for network building between young people to promote social cohesion, creativity, innovations and the formation of new enterprises.
The applications are welcome for travel and project grants that contribute to enhancing networking between young people.

The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) PA Culture
After its revision in 2015 Priority Area Culture is one of 13 priorities of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) which was introduced as the EU's first macro-regional strategy in 2009. After having lobbied successfully for this new Policy Area, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland and the Ministry of Justice, Cultural and European Affairs of Land Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) have taken on the role as Policy Area Coordinators. They are supported in the implementation by the BSR cultural initiative ARS BALTICA and other BSR relevant stakeholders as well as Ministries of Culture form the BSR region.
PA Culture focuses on promoting and visualizing BSR culture and creative industries, on preserving and showcasing its cultural heritage and on improving and facilitating cultural cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. In so doing the Policy Area Culture contributes to the fullfilment of the following overall objectives of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy:
Connecting people in the region;
Improving competitiveness;
Meeting the targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), priority Regional Identity
Council of the Baltic Sea States’ work in the field of culture includes cultural heritage, contemporary culture and the promotion of regional identity. The CBSS addresses cultural cooperation through various regional partnerships and two specialized bodies, ARS BALTICA and the Baltic Region Heritage Committee, which report to the Ministers of Culture of the Baltic Sea Region.
The Baltic Region Heritage Committee – BRHC (former Monitoring Group on Cultural Heritage in the Baltic Sea States) is composed by nominated representatives of state authorities in charge of national heritage management in ten countries and was established back in 1998. National coordinator is Department of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of the Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.
The activities focus both on the intrinsic value of cultural heritage and its sustainable management. The BRHC promotes the potential of cultural heritage as a strategic resource for developing the Baltic Sea Region.
Read more on the BRHC homepage:

The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC)
The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture was established in 2010 as the fourth Partnership in the Northern Dimension Policy, a common policy for EU, Iceland, Norway and Russia. The NDPC countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture. Partnership encourages cooperation in the area of cultural and creative industries, developing a platform for dialogue and exchange of best practices, promoting cultural and creative industries and culture based innovation policies in the partnership countries, fostering cross-sectoral cooperation and research. Partnership is coordinated by a Steering Committee, involving representatives of partnership countries. National coordinator – The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

Last updated: 31-03-2020