Application deadlines in 2019/2020 (Danish time, UTC + 1)

1st of Oct. 2019, 23:59

3rd of Feb. 2020, 23:59

4th of May 2020, 23:59 

1st of Oct. 2020, 23:59

Response approx. seven weeks after the deadline.

What is Project Funding?

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.

What we fund

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.

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What we do not fund


We provide wide-ranging support, but there are certain limitations. The Fund does not finance:


  • projects outside of the arts and culture, e.g. sporting events
  • the production and distribution of products, if that is the sole or primary purpose of the project, e.g. music, film and television, computer games, book publishing and translations
    • tours, if they are not part of a wider-ranging Nordic co-operation
      • internships and school trips
        • individual or group participation in events (only the event organiser may seek funding for this purpose)
          • institutions’ operating costs, and the construction and acquisition of technical equipment for operational use
            • ongoing or already completed projects
              • bilateral co-operation, that does not have a broader Nordic content or target group
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Other funding programmes

Is your project still on the start-up phase? Do you need support to develop the project further?


Familiarise yourself with the criterion of the Opstart grant.

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Assessment criteria

Nordic relevance

The Fund assesses Nordic relevance on the basis of, for example, how:

  • the project is created and implemented by stakeholders with a Nordic base and in collaboration with others outside the Region
  • the project actors represent a geographical spread in the Nordic Region
  • the project extends beyond a national perspective and promotes openness and tolerance
  • the project positions the Nordic Region in the world and the world in the Nordic Region
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Quality of the project and how it develops art and culture in the Nordic Region

The Fund assesses the project’s quality and development on the basis of, for example, its:

  • artistic or cultural content and objectives
    • local, regional, national or international significance
      • long-term artistic or cultural ambitions and visions
        • methodology and plan for implementation.
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Quality and substance of the co-operation

The Fund assesses the quality and substance of the project’s Nordic co-operation on the basis of, for example:

  • the commitment of participating partners, the target groups, and the extent to which the project is embedded in relevant environments
    • whether there is sufficient co-funding for the project, which is considered a key part of its structure for co-operation
      • how the project promotes co-operation.
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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.

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Repeat applications

 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.

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Projects outside the Nordic Region

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.

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If you need help for your project

Do you need inspiration for your project? Read about funded projects in different cultural areas.


The Nordic Culture Fund's Project Ambassadors can help you develop project ideas and guide you in the application process.


Project period

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.

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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.

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All grants are published on the Culture Fund’s website and in its annual report.


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.



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Which attachments are required for the application?

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).


If you still have questions not answered

Ready to apply?

  • Select the right funding for your project
  • Check the assessment criteria
  • Ensure the application is sent before the deadline