About us

The Nordic Culture Fund is a catalyst for arts and culture in the Nordic region

The Nordic Culture Fund works to support innovative and dynamic artistic and cultural life in the Nordic Region that is diverse, accessible and of high quality. Through this mission, we wish to stimulate the development of art and culture at all levels in the Nordic region, as well as in a global context

 

We believe that art and culture are without borders. In a time of upheaval, when nations close in upon themselves, art can act as a focal point that opens up and creates connections.

We have three overall objectives:

  • We will promote the production, innovation and communication of arts and culture in the Nordic region and globally.
  • We will promote artistic and cultural networks at all levels within the Nordic cultural co-operation.
  • We will develop and communicate knowledge of arts and cultural life in order to stimulate the development of cultural policy in the Nordic region.

Part of Nordic Co-operation

The Nordic Culture Fund contributes to positive artistic and cultural development in the Nordic Region by promoting co-operation between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. It does so by gathering knowledge and information, building networks and providing financial support.

 

The Fund was established in 1966, based on an agreement between all of the Nordic countries. The Nordic Culture Fund is an independent legal entity associated with the Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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The Nordic Culture Fund Strategy 2019-2022

Our new strategy focuses on networking, knowledge in art and culture. Besides a new global focus is included. Read more here.

We are a part of the official Nordic Co-operation

Convention from 1966

The Nordic Culture Fund contributes to positive artistic and cultural development in the Nordic Region by promoting co-operation between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. It does so by gathering knowledge and information, building networks and providing financial support.

 

The Fund was established in 1966, based on an agreement between all of the Nordic countries. The Nordic Culture Fund is an independent legal entity associated with the Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

 

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Over 300 allocated grants yearly

The Nordic Culture Fund currently has a budget of DKK 36 million, the majority of which is awarded in the form of grants to projects in the Nordic Region and beyond.

 

The Nordic Culture Fund's grants are financed from the budget of the Nordic Council Ministers which is approved by the Nordic Council. The Fund is, therefore, a part of the official Nordic collaboration. The Nordic Culture Fund has according to its agreement also possibility to receive other funds for its purposes. In connection with the allocation of puls funding The Fund has received funds from Nordic Council of Ministers for Culture, MES (Finnish Music Foundation) and Statens Kunstfond in Denmark.

 

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Organisation

The board, experts and the secretariat are the three central parts of the organisation. Together, they will perform knowledge-based and qualitative work with high legitimacy.

Secretariat

The Secretariat takes care of the daily duties of the Nordic Culture Fund at Nordens Hus in Copenhagen. The secretariat is lead by a director who is appointed by the board of the Nordic Culture Fund. The daily tasks include every aspect of processing the applications and supporting the board and the experts. The secretariat consists of a director, four advisors, a coordinator and a student assistant.

 

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The Board

The 13 members of the Board are appointed by the Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers for a two-year period. Each Nordic state has two members; the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland have one each. The chair is for a term of two years and rotates between the five states.


The Board 2019


Chairman: Mogens Jensen, Member of Parliament, Danmark

Denmark:

Board member: Leif Lønsmann, former director for Koncerthuset, DR

Substitute: Elsebeth Gerner Nielsen, principal, Kolding designskole
Substitute: Jan Erik Messmann, Member of Parliament

 

The Faroe Islands:

Board member: Pauli Trond Petersen, Member of Parliament

Substitute: Jenis av Rana, Member of Parliament

 

Finland:

Board member: Paavo Arhinmäki, Member of Parliament

Board Substitute: Peter Östman, Member of Parliament

Board member: Esa Rantanen, head of arts support, Arts Promotion Centre Finland

Substitute: Tiina Kuoppa, head of planning, Arts Promotion Centre Finland

 

Iceland:

Board member: Steinunn Þóra Árnadóttir, Member of Parliament

Substitute: Anna Kolbrún Árnadóttir, Member of Parliament

Board member: Þórunn Sigurðardóttir, Chairman of the Board (and former director) for Reykjavik art festival 

Substitute: Einar Kárason, writer

 

Norway:

Board member: Jorodd Asphjell, Member of Parliament

Substitute: Helge Andre Njåstad, Member of Parliament

Board member: Henning Henriksen, assistant secretary general, Ministry of Culture

Substitute: Astrid Zachariassen, senior advisor, Ministry of Culture

 

Sweden:

Board member: Lars Mejern Larsson, Member of Parliament

Substitute: Jessica Polfjärd, Member of Parliament

Board member: Signe Westin, Deputy General Director, Swedish Arts Council

Substitute: Teshome Wondimu, founder and manager, Selam

 

Greenland:

Board Member: Lone Nukaraq Møller, head of department for Culture, Leisure, the Church. Vice Chairman of the Board

Substitute: Mika Lyberth, culture consultant at department for Culture, Leisure, the Church.

 

Åland:

Board Member: Fredrika Sundberg, director for culture and leisure, Mariehamns stad 

Substitute: Jan-Ole Lönnblad, dead of culture, Ålands landskapsregering

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Experts

The Fund’s panel of experts provide quality assurance, ensure that the views of people outside ‘official’ Nordic circles are taken into account and guarantee support for the work of the Fund at national level. The Nordic Culture Fund’s panel consists of experts in art and culture and the experts are appointed by the Board.

 

Denmark:
Bjarke Svendsen
Henrik Jansberg
Steen Bille 
Ole Jensen

Finland:
Dan Henriksson
Pirjo Hamari
Sade Kahra
Satu Tuittila

The Faroe Islands:
Kjartan Hansen

Greenland:
Alexander Montgomery-Andersen

Iceland:
Margrét Bóasdóttir 
Markús Þór Andrésson

Norway:
Deise Faria Nunes
Hege Newth
Unnur Sande
Hild Borchgrevink

Sweden:
Inga Lundén
Jochum Landin
Viktor Zeidner
Henrik Orrje

Åland:
Susanne Procopé Ilmonen

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Assessment criteria

The Nordic Culture Fund has been working in the area of cultural co-operation since 1966, focusing on the allocation of grants as the main task. Last three years, we have developed a clear and more specified approach for the grants.

 

We see that cultural life changes continuously and, therefore, there is not two similar application. To meet the different needs of applicants, we have developed more customised grants.

 

With the Project Funding, Opstart and our thematic programs we want to encourage in new ways to do artistic and cultural collaboration in the Nordic region. We aim to support diversity and to catch emerging and fresh tendencies.

 

The following principles characterise the grants by the Nordic Culture Fund:

Development of Nordic relevance, quality and co-operation

Every granted initiative and project need to support at least one of the Fund's criteria:

 

Nordic relevance

The projects and initiatives are, either partly or fully, created and implemented by stakeholders with a Nordic base. The projects extend beyond a national perspective and promote openness and tolerance.

 

Quality of the projects and how they develop art and culture in the Nordic region

The projects and initiatives need to reflect their Nordic relevance and mutual significance in local, regional, national and/or global contexts. The projects need to have long-term artistic or cultural ambitions and visions.

 

Quality and substance of the co-operation

There have to be a commitment of participating partners, the target groups, and the extent to which the project is embedded in relevant environments.

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Risk-taking

The Nordic Culture Fund grants unique projects in which the Fund will have a distinct relevance.

The Fund supports risk-taking and, therefore, we want to contribute to more qualitative conspicuousness by our valuation and grants.

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Co-funding

The Project Funding and the thematic programs must have an appropriate level of co-funding. This is a central part of anchoring the projects to its co-operative partners.

 

The Fund can grant development of smaller project ideas and Nordic collaborations on a start-up phase without any requirements of co-funding.

 

 

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