Culture and language programme for children and young people. 

Who can apply?

All those who work within the fields of culture and education. For example, individuals, organisations, institutions, associations, groups, etc.

The project should be conducted in collaboration with at least three Nordic countries, i.e. between Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and/or the Åland Islands.

The applicants should recide in the Nordic region, and the project should be conducted in one or several of the Nordic countries, on the Faroe Islands, in Greenland or on the Åland Islands.

The project may have partners who are not reciding in the Nordic region, but the programme cannot cover the costs associated with them.

What can support be applied for?

Projects which target children and young people up to the age of 25 and where their cultural and artistic creativity and participation are in focus.

Projects which contribute to children’s and young people’s curiosity and understanding of other Nordic countries and the areas’ language and culture.

Projects which in their entirety reflect the diversity of society in terms of gender, gender identity and expression, cultural and ethnic background and functional ability.

Grants are provided for all areas of the artistically oriented culture, such as film, literature, theatre and visual arts, cultural heritage etc. if all other assessment criteria are fulfilled.

The programme does not support:

  • sports activities
  • study tours or scholarships for teaching
  • scout activities
  • political activities
  • commercial projects or activities that aim to generate a financial profit
  • projects that have been started before a decision on the application has been made and notified to the applicant. The exact earliest start date can be seen in the application form.

Project accounting

The support application may cover EUR 10 000 – 70 000. There should be a minimum of 30% co-financing.

You can also apply for support from other official Nordic institutions and organisations, such as Nordplus or 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.

Assessment criteria

Volt will primarily promote Nordic meetings and cooperation through culture and language understanding in the Nordic region. Great importance is attached to the creativity, participation and co-determination of young people in the project and how the project has been anchored among them. Furthermore, an assessment will be made into the pedagogical methods and processes, which the project uses to reach its goals.
The assessment is divided into dimensions and is understood in the following manner:

The children and young people dimension The programme supports projects which target children and young people up to the age of 25. The assessment attaches great importance to finding projects which involve the target group in all areas of the project to as high degree as possible. It is not necessary for the applicants to be young, but should represent activities which have experience of working with the target groups.

The cooperation dimension How the project contributes to joint creativity, networks and/or other exchange between Nordic children and young people is assessed. The project’s aims of contributing to long-term and new cooperation are considered to be important.

The Nordic dimension The project should promote Nordic meetings and cooperation. The project should contribute to interaction between actors from at least three Nordic countries. The project should be conducted in one or several of the Nordic countries, on the Faroe Islands, in Greenland or on the Åland Islands.

The language dimension The project and its activities should contribute to young people’s understanding of Nordic languages and promote interest in and curiosity for the Nordic language diversity and communication across borders. This dimension can include factors such as language as a work tool, as artistic expression, as special themes, as identity markers or culture bearers.

Main strategic focus Nordic Culture Point considers all the afore-mentioned criteria, as well as the policy documents Nordic Council of Ministers Strategy for Nordic Cultural Co-operation 2013-2020 and Children and Young People in the Nordic Region: – a cross-sectoral strategy for the Nordic Council of Ministers 2016-2022.

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