Opstart is the investment of the Nordic Culture Fund in the initial phases of new art and culture projects, designed to strengthen the Nordic ambitions of the projects. Opstart supports the joint development of promising project ideas.
Opstart aims to develop the artistic and cultural field in the Nordic region that is diverse, accessible and of high quality.
You can apply for max. DKK 25,000. There is no requirement for co-financing of Opstart.
Please note! Opstart funding is typically applied for to cover travel and subsistence expenses in connection with meetings held in the Nordic countries. Due to the Covid-19 situation, the Fund will be able to support other costs, such as fees, materials or other things needed to complete the project, to a greater extent in 2020. This means that fees may amount to a maximum of DKK 20,000 of the project’s expenses up to 31 December 2020. Thereafter, fees may comprise a maximum of one-third of the total cost of the project.
Opstart supports the joint development of project ideas within arts and culture.
At least two partners from two different Nordic countries must have confirmed and described their interest in participating in the project before applying. If there are partners from only two different Nordic countries participating in the Opstart project, the project must aim to extend the Nordic geographical scope: You must clearly indicate which other stakeholders and from which countries you intend to involve in the long term.
The Fund operates on the basis of an agreement between the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland. The Fund's focus is on the Nordic players, but the scene of the project can well be global. We welcome applications to projects that have a global vision and which can help to create a new form of global relevance for Nordic co-operation within art and culture.
Applications are welcome from all artistic and cultural genres, and from individuals, groups, organisations, institutions, associations and companies. You do not need not be resident in the Nordic Region or a Nordic citizen in order to apply.
Opstart supports a wide range of projects, but there are certain limitations:
Opstart supports development of promising project ideas and the start-up phase of new projects with a clear development perspective.
If your collaborative project already has developed further, familiarise yourself with the criterion of the Project Funding.
The Fund evaluates the quality of the Opstart project on the basis of its originality and its contribution to innovative and dynamic artistic and cultural life in the Nordic region that is diverse, accessible and of high quality.
The Fund evaluates whether the initial phase in the project meets the criteria for Opstart, by considering
- if the objectives, content, participation, method and economy in the project are described sufficiently and thoroughly
- if the development perspective in the project is sufficiently clear.
The Fund assesses the level of engagement - or potential level of engagement - in the project in relevant areas in the Nordic Region and eventually outside the region. Furthermore, the Fund evaluates on which grade the project will create value mutually to all the project partners.
Opstart grants are for max. DKK 25,000. There is no requirement for co-financing of Opstart.
Opstart funding is typically applied for to cover travel and subsistence expenses in connection with meetings held in the Nordic countries. Due to the Covid-19 situation, the Fund will be able to support other costs, such as fees, materials or other things needed to complete the project, to a greater extent in 2020. This means that fees may amount to a maximum of DKK 20,000 of the project’s expenses up to 31 August 2020. Thereafter, fees may comprise a maximum of one-third of the total cost of the project.
The budget in your application must be detailed; Specify for example travel information (persons, routes, duration) and materials needed.
You can only apply for funding for activities that take place after you have received a decision from the Nordic Culture Fund. The project can start 20 weekdays after the application date,
The project must usually be completed within one year of the project start date. However, due to the Covid-19 situation, this does not apply to projects for which funding has been applied for in 2020.
According to the Nordic Culture Fund’s rules on public access to information a list of applications is in the public domain, but the applications are not.
All grants are published on the Culture Fund’s website and the annual reports.
The Fund reserves the right not to allocate the full amount requested.
You must comply with the following rules if your project has been awarded a grant:
Changes in the project:
The grant must be used for the purposes described in the application. Significant changes in your project, in relation to the application submitted, must be approved in advance by the Fund. Significant changes are those, for example, that relate to:
• the participating Nordic countries
• the project partners
• the duration of the project
You should also contact the Fund if you pass formal responsibility for the project to any other party or parties, and if the project manager is replaced.
You need to request the payment on My Page once you have received a positive response from us. The whole grant will be paid in a single instalment. It may take up to 10 working days before the money reaches your account.
Crediting the Nordic Culture Fund:
Be sure to credit the Nordic Culture Fund and use the fund's logo and #OPSTARTfunding when publicising and presenting your project. The logo and more information on how to mention the Fund can be found on the Nordic Culture Fund's web page.
Project results and final report:
Within three months from the end of the Opstart project, you must account for the project’s outcomes, future perspectives and the project's economy using a report form on My Page. As part of this process, you add a declaration that you used the funds for the purpose specified in the application. The end date is the date you have given in the application.
If the grant is used for purposes other than those described in the application, the Fund may reduce the amount or require that the full amount is repaid. The Fund can also claim back the grant if it hasn't received the final report in the given time.
If any money is left over, the Fund has the right to claim its share of the surplus. The Fund's share of any surplus will correspond to its share of overall project funding.
If the money is not repaid, the case will be put in the hands of a debt collection Agency.
Random spot checks:
Each year, a number of Opstart recipients are selected for random spot checks – so remember to keep all your accounts!
Here you will find contact information on the Fund.
Develop your project and draw inspiration from successful applicants. Consider applying for Opstart funding to develop your idea and your Nordic network.
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