Network funding

The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture strengthens artistic and cultural cooperation in the Nordic region and the Baltic countries. The programme focuses on increasing the exchange of knowledge, contacts and interest in Nordic and Baltic art and culture. The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme comprises three forms of funding: Mobility funding, Network funding and Funding for artist residencies.

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Which activities are funded?

Network funding enables periods for cooperation, exchange of ideas and knowledge between professional artists and cultural workers in the Nordic region and/or the Baltic countries. That is: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and the Åland Islands. You can apply for funding for either a short-term or a long-term network project.

Network co-operation entails, for example:

  • series of joint meetings, conferences, workshops, staff exchanges and joint courses
  • activities such as pooling resources and skills in order to develop initiatives that influence public opinion or to work together on scheduling and structuring tours
  • the establishment of a collaboration platform that can lead into larger international projects later on.

Funding cannot be granted to:

  • implementation of culture and art productions, touring or for individual events
  • activities that have already been completed. At the earliest, activities that are supported by the programme may begin 8 weeks after the application deadline.

The long-term objective of the network may be a joint production or similar but grants are not awarded for production expenses.


Please note that budget is an important part of the application and it should show in detail how you plan to use the applied amount. It is obligatory to use our budget template, please see here, so that project budgets can easily be compared in the assessment process. A failure to submit the required information in the budget attachment can lead to rejection of the application. Also, the fixed rates for Mobility funding can be used when calculating travel and accommodation expenses.

Support from other Nordic organisations
It is also possible to apply for support from other Nordic institutions and organisations, such as the Nordic Culture Fund, for the same project. The total funding from the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme and other Nordic organisations may not exceed 85% of the budget.

Grant amounts (short-term funding)

For networks which will work together for up to one (1) year, it is possible to receive funding of up to EUR 20,000 but the grant from Nordic Culture Point may comprise maximum 70% of the total budget.

A network that has received short-term funding can later apply for long-term funding. Please note that any short-term network funding should be reported before you can apply for long-term network funding.

You can apply for short-term network funding twice per year.

Grant amounts (long-term funding)

For networks which will work together for up to three grant (3) years, it is possible to receive funding of up to EUR 100,000 but the grant from Nordic Culture Point may comprise maximum 50% of the total costs.  Please note, that the funding is available the year it is granted plus two more years (not full three years).

You can apply for long-term network funding once per year.

Who can apply?

Only professional artists and other professionals in the field (such as curators, producers, translators, cultural editors or researchers) within all culture and art forms can apply for funding. You can apply for funding as an individual, group, organisation or institution.

“Professional” means that you have documented experience of work within the field of art and culture and/or have a degree in arts or culture.

In order to apply for network funding, the applicant(s) should reside in the Nordic region (Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Åland Islands) or Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) but it is not necessary for applicants to have Nordic or Baltic nationality.

The network should comprise partners from:

  • at least three Nordic and/or Baltic countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and the Åland Islands).

The network may comprise additional partners who do not operate in the Nordic region or Baltic countries.

How is an application assessed?

The assessment is conducted based on the above mentioned criteria and on how well the application has managed to convey the following:

Clear objectives and schedule
The network should clearly define its overall objectives and have a set schedule. Applications with new and innovative ideas and objectives are often valued.

Quality and cooperation
The networks should be initiated to plan artistic initiatives and/or to develop cooperation and new ways of working together. The network should create new contacts within its area of work and have contact with other networks.  New networks and cooperation with cultural diversity or between several different types of artistic and cultural bodies are prioritised in the assessment.

The network should strive to make its work accessible to others and disseminate information about its results in a transparent manner.

The Nordic-Baltic dimension
In this context the Nordic-Baltic dimension means that the network:

  • promotes and increases contacts, communication and activities between the Nordic and/or Baltic countries
  • strengthens the Nordic-Baltic presence in cultural life in the Nordic region and Baltic countries
  • strengthens understanding of similarities and differences between the Nordic and Baltic countries
  • increases knowledge of the Nordic and Baltic artists and the visibility of their work


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Please note that the language of the programme is English and that applications and reports must be submitted in English.

The application deadline is 15:59, Finnish time. Granted projects may begin 8 weeks after the application deadline within the network funding programme.

Please note that only short-term network funding has two application rounds per year while long-term network funding is available only once a year, usually in the beginning of the year.


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