The culture and art programme of Nordic Culture Point

Scope of the programme
The Nordic Culture Point has main office in Helsinki. It is an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Nordic Culture Point culture programmes are part of the official Nordic cooperation takes place between the governments and parliaments in all the Nordic countries.

The Nordic Culture Point annually supports about 500 cultural projects via four cultural grant programmes that are financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Programme objectives
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, in accordance with The Nordic Council of Ministers strategy for Nordic cultural co-operation 2013-2020. Read more here about the culture strategy and themes for Nordic co-operation.

Who can apply, who can join 
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).

It means organisations from countries outside the Nordic region also can be partners. Furthermore, the applicant organisation are not required to be resident or active in the Nordic countries nor be Nordic nationals, provided the Nordic dimensions of the project are otherwise satisfied.

The Programme is open for both professional and amateur sectors, and the voluntary sector. 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:

  • ŸPrivate individuals
  • ŸGroups
  • ŸOrganisations, associations, institutions and companies

Type of project activities
The programme grants funding to projects within all areas of art and culture - in all project phases. You can apply for funding for projects

  • Ÿto invest in cultural and artistic productions and creative work, or
  • Ÿto arrange and implement projects that build knowledge within the field of art and culture.

For example, projects can entail:

  • ŸProduction of works, projects and initiatives that include a creative process
  • ŸThe communication of works, projects and initiatives in different contexts
  • ŸProductions to create a meeting place for artists/cultural operators to interact with the public
  • ŸActivities where knowledge or experience are collated and communicated
  • ŸDevelopment of new ways of working within the field of art and culture
  • ŸTo 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 Culture and Art Programme gives support to projects in all fields of culture and art. 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.

Grant amount
Projects can be granted:

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

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.

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.

When and how to apply
The web-based application form automatically calculates the amount applied for based on the destination and travel dates indicated.

There is one yearly application round, where the online form opens 20.08.2018 and closes 20.09.2018

Granted projects may begin 10 weeks after the application deadline within the Culture and Art programme; it means medio December 2018.

More information
See the website of Nordic Culture Fund, culture and arts programme

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