With the Baltic Sea Project’s contest, Ålandsbanken wants to encourage more organisations to develop good ideas for the environment. Since 1997, the bank has supported many different environmental projects, and over time donated € 2 million to support the important work of both small and large organisations.

”Now individuals, organisations, schools or workplaces can apply for both financial and knowledge-related support for their projects. Together we can carry out good ideas and accomplish what is needed to achieve a positive development of the sea we all enjoy being in, on or close to.”

Anne-Maria Salonius
Director, Bank of Åland, Business Area Finland

How the contest works

From May to September, those who live or operate businesses in Finland, Åland or Sweden, can register their projects here on www.balticseaproject.org. The application will contain a short description of the project and additional documents, such as budget, timeline and an explanation of how the results will be measured, if needed. Applicants must also declare which category to participate in, and provide contact information for the person in charge. The last day for summiting an application is September 30.

Jury process:
When the application deadline has expired, the jury will go through the applications and choose which projects will move on to a public vote.

The jury 2018:

  • Karl-Johan Lehtinen, Senior Manager Environmental Affairs, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation
  • Anne-Maria Salonius, Director Finland, Ålandsbanken
  • Seppo Knuuttila, Senior Research Scientist, SYKE Finnish Environment Institute.
  • Lotta Nummelin, CEO, Östersjöfonden (The Baltic  Sea Fund)
  • Alf Norkko, Marine ecologist, The Marine research center of the Finnish Environment Institute. 

Public vote:
In the beginning of November, all the nominated projects will be presented at www.balticseaproject.org. The public vote will be active untilthe beginning of December and anyone can vote for their favourite project. Since the public vote is a contest, we encourage all members of nominated projects to actively share information about the vote via their social channels in order to generate as many votes as possible.

The winning project, the one that gets the most votes in the public vote, recieves financing. The financing amount varies and will be assessed by the jury based on the project’s needs, scale and goals. The jury may also choose to award additional projects among the other nominated projects. During the previous application period in 2017, nine good ideas for the environment shared a total amount of € 250.000.

Results presentation:
In the spring, we will arrange an event where the best ideas for protecting the Baltic Sea are presented and rewarded.