The Nordic Culture Fund awards Project Funding to arts and culture projects that build on and develop collaborative relations across the Nordic region. The next application deadline is 15 February 2023. From 2023 on, the programme will be open to applications via two annual application rounds.
Response to application: approximately seven weeks after the deadline.
All applications must be submitted via the Fund’s digital application portal, My Page.
In supporting projects, the Fund aims to stimulate the development of the arts and cultural life, and strengthen relations between various players in the Nordic region.
We work with an open and inquisitive approach to the Nordic, and are interested in everything that is under development. Emphasis is placed on the originality of the projects and on cross-border collaborations in the Nordic countries, but we also welcome projects that extend beyond the Nordic region in various ways.
We support projects on various scales in all fields of the arts and culture. Projects may also involve other disciplines.
The Fund supports risk-taking, and we often support the establishment and development phases of new artistic and cultural initiatives and networks. Funding can also be awarded to projects that build upon previous networking or a previously completed project, provided they involve clear development and innovation of the existing projects, and the Fund’s support can be seen to have clear relevance.
Current insight into the Nordic region
The Nordic Culture Fund works to strengthen and broaden knowledge of what is happening and developing on the Nordic scene. Applicants are therefore invited to share with the Fund their perspectives and approaches to the meaning of the Nordic, and to describe how the project in question can contribute to creating meaningful connections and links in the Nordic Region. The Nordic relevance and anchoring may reside in several different layers of the project.
You can also read about what the Nordic Culture Fund does not support, if you scroll further down the page.
You can apply for a maximum amount of DKK 500,000, but it is a good idea to obtain an idea of the typical size of the Nordic Culture Fund’s grants before applying. The project must have at least 50% co-financing.
The project’s co-financing may include in-kind contributions of volunteer time and other resources.
The Nordic Culture Fund provides wide-ranging support, but there are some limitations.
The Nordic Culture Fund does not provide support for:
Applications are assessed under three main criteria, taking into account the project’s own context:
Artistic/cultural content and ambitions
The Fund assesses the artistic and/or cultural ambitions of the project and its content, methods and implementation plan. Emphasis is placed on innovation and development, including in relation to any previous projects.
Nordic relevance and collaboration in the project
The Fund assesses the anchoring of the project in relevant actors across the Nordic Region and the Nordic cooperation in the project: the project’s significance for the partners involved, and their commitment to it.
The Fund assesses the project’s exploration of various aspects of the Nordic and its impact on the development of the arts and cultural life within the scope of the project. The Nordic dimension must have a greater importance in the project than just cooperation between two Nordic countries: the project must as a minimum have a broader Nordic content or target audience.
Relevant and realistic project economy
The Fund assesses the extent to which the budget is realistic and well worked-out in relation to the content of the project, and the extent to which the collaborative and Nordic ambitions are reflected in the budget. It is a requirement that at least 50% of the budget must come from sources other than the Fund. In total, the project income may consist of a maximum of 85% funding from the official Nordic co-operation (e.g. the Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point).
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