Culture and Art Programme

Culture and Art Programme

The Culture and Art Programme supports Nordic cooperation within art and culture. The general aim is to provide support to innovative projects of high artistic and cultural merit, that promote a multifaceted and sustainable Nordic region. 

What activities are funded?

The programme grants funding to projects within all areas of art and culture, in all project phases. You can apply for funding for projects that invest in cultural and artistic productions and creative work and to arrange and implement projects that build knowledge within the field of art and culture.

For example, projects can entail:

• Production of works, projects and initiatives that include a creative process
• The communication of works, projects and initiatives in different contexts
• Productions that create a meeting place for artists/cultural operators to interact with the public
• Activities where knowledge or experience are collated and communicated
• Development of new ways of working within the field of art and culture
• To create space for a critical discourse via discussion and debate


You can apply for vastly different types of projects that revolve around the creative process and/or the development of skills and knowledge. This can be in the form of e.g. productions, seminars or workshops or other similar activities. You can apply for support for all phases of the process: preliminary work, production, presentation and dissemination. Support can be used for all manner of costs that are directly connected with the project.

The programme does not support:

• Tours of existing works or productions
• The running costs of institutions or other activities
• Basic financing for a multiyear project e.g. running costs for an annual festival
• Projects that have been started before a decision on support has been taken and notified to the applicant.
• Activities that have already been completed. --> Read more about when you earliest can start the project activities.
• Productions of works without the active involvement of partners other than artists themselves, e.g. solo performances or album recordings.
• Film and TV productions, productions of computer games and book publishing etc.
• Projects that are part of an education or training course
• Commercial activities that aim to generate a financial profit
• Projects outside the artistic and cultural area, such as e.g. sports events.

Project accounting

You can apply for support in all phases, from preliminary work to implementing a full scale project. The amount applied for should be proportionate to the scale of the project. The larger the amount applied for, the larger the self-financing and support from other funding bodies should be. Co-financing is considered a key part of project viability.

Projects can be granted:

• up to 7,000 EUR with full financing
• up to 40,000 EUR with at least 30 % co-financing
• up to 100,000 EUR with at least 50 % co-financing

This means that the funding from the Culture and Art Programme can cover a maximum of 70 percent respectively 50 percent of the project's total costs, depending on the applied amount. In-kind financing can count towards co-financing. In-kind financing consists of products or services as payment instead of cash. For example, voluntary work. Calculations of working hours should be specified in the application budget and the amount must be able to be deemed reasonable for project implementation.

Please see here for an example of a typical budget.

Support from other Nordic organisations
You can also apply for support from other Nordic institutions and organisations, such as The Nordic Culture Fund, for the same project, but the total amount applied for from Nordic support bodies may not exceed 85% of the budget.

Who can apply?

Everyone who is engaged in the field of art and culture can apply, provided the project content meets the programme's criteria. Applicants can be:

• Private individuals
• Groups
• Organisations, associations, institutions and companies

Applicants are not required to be resident or active in the Nordic countries or be Nordic nationals, provided the Nordic dimensions of the project are otherwise satisfied.

Evaluation criteria

The programme's evaluation criteria can be summarised as follows:

Project's cooperative dimension
Projects are evaluated based on how they promote the communication of experience and knowledge between project participants and/or organisers, and whether they contribute to exchanges and new contact between operators in the area.

Quality of project
Projects are evaluated based on how well they contribute to further developing and raising the quality of art and culture. How innovative and ambitious a project is in terms of developing knowledge will also be considered. Evaluation will also focus on the applicant's ability to complete the project in an acceptable and satisfactory way. In addition, the likely longevity of the project results after project completion will also be assessed.

Nordic dimension of the project
Projects are evaluated based on how they promote cooperation between the Nordic countries and/or between Nordic countries and the rest of the world. In addition, projects are assessed in terms of how well they enhance the Nordic dimension in cultural life in the Nordic countries and the rest of the world, how well they contribute to a better understanding of the similarities and differences between the Nordic countries and increase awareness and knowledge of Nordic artists and their works. It is also seen as an advantage if projects promote language understanding between Nordic countries.

Each project should include parties from at least three countries, of which at least two should be Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and/or the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands). This can include acting as organiser, project participant or e.g. contributing to a Nordic theme. This is a minimum requirement to meet the qualification guidelines and be eligible to apply for financing. It is the country of residence of the participants, not their nationality that will determine the Nordic dimension when a project is evaluated.
In cases involving Nordic participation/themes in international projects, Nordic participation should have a significant impact on the content of the project and should be clearly explained in the application.

Sustainability of the project
In this context, sustainability is viewed from a social, economic, cultural and ecological perspective. For example, projects are evaluated in terms of their impact and importance for the development of a sustainable and varied artistic and cultural life in the Nordic countries. Projects are also evaluated in terms of their contribution to creating cohesion and the promotion of an inclusive and multifaceted artistic and cultural life in the Nordic countries.

Strategy for Nordic Cultural Cooperation 2013−2020


The Nordic Council of Ministers strategy for Nordic cultural co-operation 2013-2020 has five main themes. The Culture and Art Programme seeks to support projects that address the following priority areas:

• The sustainable Nordic region
• The creative Nordic region
• The intercultural Nordic region
• Young people in the Nordic region
• The digital Nordic region

The programme has not earmarked funding for these priority areas and the programme is also open to projects related to other themes. When approving grants, consideration will be given to equality, sustainability and a child and young person perspective in accordance with the horizontal perspectives of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Read more about the culture strategy and themes for Nordic co-operation.

For FAQs about the Culture and Art Programme, click here.

Application deadlines

Kultur- och konstprogrammet

18.08.2017 - 20.09.2017

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