Frequently asked questions regarding the Nordic languages programme.
Frequently asked questions
Which countries/states can participate?
Countries and states able to participate are Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Island, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and Åland.
The program is aimed at all levels of education and is open for institutions, organizations and actors interested in working with or, promoting the Nordic languages.
Who can apply?
Nordplus Nordic Languages provides grants to institutions and organisations in the field of Nordic languages in the Nordic and Baltic countries, such as:
- Pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, adult education institutions, universities and research institutions
- Organisations and associations
- NGOs and other informal learning arenas
- Private companies
What activities may the Nordplus Nordic Languages support?
The programme places a strong emphasis on projects and networks that seek to develop materials, methods and strategies for improving comprehension of the Nordic languages. Other activities may be areas and activities including methods of teaching neighbouring languages in schools, development of teaching plans for Nordic languages in the school systems, second language learning, language technology projects, development and publication of learning and teaching materials, and other activities that focus on improving educational and didactical methods in relation to the Nordic languages. The program also supports seminars for exchanging experiences, conferences, studies and analyses, publication and distribution of results and experiences in Nordic language education.
How long may the projects last?
The maximum duration of a Nordplus Nordic Language project is three years.
Are preparatory visits supported through Nordplus Nordic Language?
Yes, the deadline is 1st October and 1st February every year.
Is it possible to apply for mobility through Nordplus Nordic Language?
No, but you can apply for costs for travel and accommodation for people at institutions/organizations participating in the project. Please note that the programme does not use unit costs and therefore expected actual costs must be specified and these will be approved as long as the expenses are related to project- or network activities. If the project intends to travel with pupils then you should apply for that in Nordplus Junior.
Are there demands of self-financing?
Yes, Nordplus Nordic Languages can meet up to 75 % of the total project costs, the rest must be self-financed.
Can you apply for workhours?
Yes, Nordplus Nordic Languages can grant work hours directly related to development work in the project. This may be a curricula, IT tools, analyses, surveys, open source platforms, teaching methods, etc. e.g time invested directly in the project work. The need for the grant needs to be clearly described and well justified in the project description and it is very important to be realistic and clear on how many hours you foresee to use on each phase of the project. Preparation and general work must be included as part of the co-financing of the institutions.
May we give a fee to lecturers or salary to the project coordinator?
Persons at institutions/ organizations participating in the project cannot receive salary from the Nordplus Nordic Languages funds. However, working hours invested directly in the project can be calculated as part of the grant. For this it is very important to be realistic and clear on how many hours you foresee to use on each phase of the project. If it is necessary for the project that one buys a service, e.g. remuneration to external parties for holding a presentation, salary for technical assistance, etc., this may be covered by Nordplus in a small amount.
How do we apply?
All application should be submitted electronically through the application and report system Espresso. Applications must be submitted by the institution acting as a coordinator for the project in Nordplus Nordic Language. An application is not eligible without signed Letters of Intent from all partners (as attachments). While applying there are also help texts available in Espresso.