The Nordic Culture Fund supports projects that contribute to an innovative and dynamic artistic and cultural scene in the Nordic Region, one that is diverse, accessible and of high quality.
The Nordic Culture Fund supports art and culture projects involving different Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Island, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Aaland Island). To qualify for funding, projects must involve Nordic relevance and co-operation, and further the development of art and culture.
Applications are accepted from individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, associations and companies. Applicants do not need to live in the Nordic Region or be Nordic citizens.
We provide wide-ranging support, but there are certain limitations. The Fund does not finance:
Response seven weeks after the deadline.
The Fund assesses Nordic relevance on the basis of, for example, how:
The Fund assesses the project’s quality and development on the basis of, for example, its:
The Fund assesses the quality and substance of the project’s Nordic co-operation on the basis of, for example:
Projects must have an appropriate level of co-funding. This is a key criterion in the assessment of the level of support a project enjoys at national level. The higher the amount applied for, the more self-financing and funding from other sources the Fund expects. In practice, this means that only 50% of the total funding for a project may be from the Culture Fund and maximum 85% from the various Nordic funding bodies.
You can apply for max. DKK 500,000 but please look at previous awards to gauge what constitutes a typical amount before applying. See more under Funded Projects.
Voluntary work may form part of the self-funding component of the project. The application budget must quantify the scale of any voluntary work.
Grants may be used for administrative and wage costs, as long as these are directly linked to the project.
If you apply for funding, for example, for an annual event, and you have applied before, the Fund will assess the application from a development perspective. This means that we will emphasise the project’s originality or innovative nature, in both form and content, as well as in terms of communication and audience engagement.
We support projects outside the Nordic Region if they are deemed mutually beneficial for the organiser and Nordic stakeholders in the arts and culture.
Active and competent international partners ought to contribute resources to the project, either financially or in kind. We also assess the Nordic relevance and level of interaction involved in the project. In addition, we assess the projects’ quality, planned follow-up activities, impact and level of general external interest.
Grants are usually awarded for the event’s additional Nordic costs, e.g. travel expenses, fees and administration for workshops, performances, concerts, exhibitions, festivals, conferences, research projects, etc.
The maximum duration of the project is the calendar year in which the grant is awarded, plus two subsequent calendar years. The project must not start before you have been notified of the Fund’s decision.
You cannot apply for a grant to cover costs already incurred.
If an application is rejected, you may apply one more time for funding for the same project.
The Fund only accepts online applications submitted via our application portal. Applications submitted by post or e-mail will be rejected.
All grants are published on the Culture Fund’s website and in its annual report.
According to the Fund’s rules regarding freedom of information, applications are public, but personal and banking information is not.
All applications must be submitted online via My Page.
It is compulsory to upload a project description and a budget.
The Nordic Culture Fund prefers files in PDF format (.pdf).
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