The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture strengthens artistic and cultural cooperation in the Nordic region and the Baltic states. The programme focuses on increasing the exchange of knowledge, contacts, presence and interest in Nordic and Baltic art and culture. The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme comprises three forms of funding: mobility, network and residence funding.
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 also apply for funding for short- and long-term networks.
Network co-operations entail, 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 platform for applying for funding later from, for example, the EU or other international funds.
Funding cannot be granted to:
the establishment of permanent structures and networks
implementation of culture and art productions or for individual events
The long-term objective of the network may be a joint production or similar.
For an example of how to make a detailed budgetary appendix, please see here.
Support from other Nordic organisations It is also possible to apply for support from other pan Nordic institutions and organisations, such as, for example, 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.
Finances (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 costs.
A network which 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.
Finances (long-term funding)
For networks which will work together for up to three (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.
You can apply for long-term network funding once per year.
Who can apply?
Only professional artists and cultural workers (such as curators, producers, fiction 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 studied art 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 states (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 states.
How is an application assessed?
The assessment is conducted based on the afore-mentioned criteria and depending on how well the application has managed to convey the following:
Clear objectives and schedule The network should clearly define its overall objectives and create a set schedule. In this context it is advisable for the objectives and the ideas behind them to be innovative.
Quality and cooperation The networks should be started 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.
Information work 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 states
strengthens understanding of similarities and differences between the Nordic and Baltic countries
increases knowledge of the Nordic and Baltic artists and their work