18.5.2018

The 2018 application process for grants from the Bank of Åland’s Baltic Sea Project is starting, and during 2018 up to EUR 360,000 can be granted.

The Baltic Sea is one of the world’s most endangered seas. Dead zones already cover portions of the sea bottom as a consequence of eutrophication. The Baltic Sea Project encourages everyone to participate with their project or idea that helps save the Baltic Sea.

Last year a new category was launched: digital innovations. Ilkka Paananen, CEO of the mobile game development company Supercell, will evaluate project ideas together with Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström and others.
- Today, we have tremendous opportunities to use technology to solve many of the problems that we have long known. This region has the capacity to be world leader in responsible, innovative solutions to challenges in water quality. For that to happen, we need to join forces with others, and this award is a great platform to do that, says Niklas Zennström.
 
Application period starts on Wednesday, May 18th
Private individuals, schools and organisations can now apply for funding to protect the Baltic Sea. All ideas are welcome, and the application period runs until September 30. The winners will be selected by a public vote, aided by a jury consisting of several environmental experts. The most innovative and impactful projects will be granted funding or a period of expert help.
- In the previous years, the Baltic Sea Project has seen some remarkable initiatives and projects that have already produced results. We encourage everyone to participate in efforts to ensure a healthy Baltic Sea, says Anne-Maria Salonius, Director of the Finnish Mainland Business Area, Bank of Åland, and Jury Chairperson, Baltic Sea Project.
 
Last year, nine projects shared a total of EUR 250,000, of which the winner was granted EUR 70,000 for a project that cleans up the oceans from plastic waste and oil. In 2017 the Baltic Sea Project received a total of 124 grant applications.
 
You will find more information about the application process here.
 
For further information, please contact:
Anne-Maria Salonius, Director, Finnish Mainland Business Area, Bank of Åland Plc, tel. +358 40 733 1106, e-mail anne-maria.salonius@alandsbanken.fi
Crista Tammela, Communications manager, Ålandsbanken Finland, tel. +358 40 646 3501, crista.tammela@alandsbanken.fi