Importance of cross-border network funding is growing

Katarina Lindholm stands in front of a white wall that is covered with green plants.

Katarina Lindholm is chair of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme's expert group for Network Funding. Photo: Sinem Kayacan

Applications for network funding from the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme are increasingly featuring a public-sector project partner in light of shrinking state budgets for culture. This is what Katarina Lindholm, chair of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme’s network funding group, has noted at the group’s most recent meeting, which granted funding to 13 projects.

Four projects were granted long-term network funding (11 percent application acceptance rate) and nine projects (17 percent acceptance rate) were granted short-term network funding when the expert group for network funding met in Helsinki on 10 and 11 April. Katarina notes that international funds and agencies that grant funding across borders are bound to experience an increase in application volumes going forwards.

“Although it’s good that the state and municipalities are represented in the applications, networks need a wide variety of stakeholders. In general, we’re seeing a huge need for funding across borders, even if part of this should be covered by local resources,” says Katarina.

Clearly formulated added value an advantage

Katarina notes that many of the long-standing networks have identified and improved their societal relevance on different levels, which contributes to their long-term impact.

“Some of the long-term network projects that have been funded represent more marginal artistic fields that have both a need and an opportunity to take maximum advantage of the kind of funding that the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme offers,” she say

She notes that there were also many interesting applications for short-term network funding.

“Even short-term networks are wise to formulate their added value and impact of their project by stating in a few concrete points how the network can create benefits beyond the project’s own partners,” advises Katarina.

The next application round for short-term network funding opens on 26 August 2024 and will close at 15:59 (Finnish time) on 26 September 2024.

· See all the networks that received funding in this round!