Mobility funding part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture, which 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.
What is eligible for funding?
Mobility funding gives individual applicants access to contacts, expertise and knowledge from different parts of the region. Funding can also be used to present art and culture productions and to raise interest in Nordic and Baltic art and culture.
Mobility funding is available for professional artists’ or cultural practitioners’ travel and/or stay within the Nordic and/or Baltic countries, that is to say: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and Åland.
For example, the purpose of the trip can be:
- a collaboration with colleagues in another Nordic and/or Baltic country
- a guest play
- an exhibition
- participation in a conference, meeting or workshop
Funding is not available for:
- trips within one and the same country/area
- trips to or from countries outside the Nordic/Baltic region
- trips which are a part of the applicant’s formal studies
- organisational or company travel
- official travel for employees in public administration – e.g. state authorities, municipalities, regions or the equivalent.
- activities that have already been carried out The earliest start date for activities funded by the programme is eight weeks after the application deadline.
Mobility funding is not usually granted for residencies. The reason is that the programme supports residency activities through a special form of funding (Funding for artist residencies). However, not all residencies are covered by this funding. Since the primary purpose of mobility funding is to strengthen artistic and cultural co-operation between professionals, travel applications for a residency period can be taken into account if the primary purpose of the stay is co-operation with other artists.
Students are not granted mobility funding. However, professional artists and cultural practitioners can apply for funding in some cases, if the purpose of the trip is not linked to studies, but is part of the artist’s continued professional work.
Who is eligible to apply?
Funding is available for professional artists and cultural practitioners (such as curators, producers, literary translators, cultural editors or researchers) in all forms of art and culture. “Professional” means that there is documented experience of work in the field of art and culture and/or training in art or culture.
Mobility funding can only be granted to individuals. You cannot apply for funding for another person. If you apply as part of a group traveling together within the framework of the same project, all group members must submit individual applications. The user account that you create in our application system must be for an individual applicant in order to apply for mobility funding.
To be able to apply for mobility funding, the applicant must be a resident of the Nordic Region (Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Åland) or the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania), although the applicant does not have to be a Nordic or Baltic citizen.
An invitation or letter of intent must be attached to the application. It must state who is being invited and by whom. In addition, an invitation can also contain information about what the applicant is being offered by the inviting party.
Please note that the language of the programme is English. Both the application and invitation or letter of intent must therefore be submitted in English.
An application can cover multiple destinations, i.e. the trip can consist of several stages within the Nordic and Baltic region if the entire trip is linked to one and the same project. The aim of this is for the programme to fund a more sustainable trip, where the greatest possible benefit is leveraged from one and the same trip.
An application may not include several separate trips at different times. The traveller must always return to the same destination they left from. If you want to apply for a trip with several destinations, you must attach invitations from each destination, i.e. each stage/section of the trip must be justified. However, funding is not granted for tours.
Applicants with disabilities
A supplement can be applied for by professional artists and cultural practitioners who, due to a disability, require personal assistance.
How much money can you apply for?
Mobility funding applies to travel and/or stays of up to 14 days. The amount of funding is based on a fixed travel cost and/or a fixed allowance per day which is calculated according to the length of the stay and destination.
Although the stay can last more than 14 days, the mobility funding cannot cover more than that.
You cannot claim funding for production costs and the like. Only one application can be submitted per application round. The web-based application form automatically calculates the amount based on the destination and return date.Calculate the allowance for your trip
How are applications assessed?
The assessment is made on the basis of how well the above criteria are met and how well the application conveys the following:
Opportunities for co-operation
The contribution of the trip to meetings and contacts, and the promotion of new groups and initiatives.
Quality and content
The assessment takes into account the quality of the applicant’s artistry or previous work and the traveller’s motivation for the trip, as well as the purpose and how the applicant intends to achieve their goals. If the goal is to contribute to knowledge of new art forms and expressions, this can also be taken into account.
The Nordic-Baltic dimension
In this context, the Nordic-Baltic dimension means that the trip:
- promotes and increases contact, communication and activities between the Nordic and/or Baltic countries;
- strengthens the Nordic-Baltic presence in the cultural scene of the Nordic and Baltic region;
- strengthens understanding of the similarities and differences between the Nordic and Baltic countries; and
- improves awareness of Nordic and Baltic artists and their work.
Please note that the application deadlines for all programmes is at 15:59, Finnish time.Frequently asked questions about the funding programmes Preview application form Go to the application portal