OPSTART is on a break from November 19th – January 6th. Answers to applications, sent no later than November 18th, will arrive by December 14th. Answers to applications submitted during the holiday will arrive at February 1st.

The Nordic Culture Fund supports an innovative and dynamic artistic and cultural scene in the Nordic Region, one that is diverse, accessible and of high quality.

Cultural policy
How can we discuss and understand the value of art in society in a new way? What knowledge is missing? Danish Arts Foundation, Art Council Norway and The Nordic Culture Fund will hold a conference in October that will provide new insights and qualify future initiatives in art and social communities.
The Nordic Culture Fund's project ambassadors are available to applicants who want professional advice, help to understand the fund's criteria or proposals for developing a good project idea.

Your application process

1. Your bright idea

Develop your project and draw inspiration from successful applicants. Consider applying for OPSTART funding to develop your idea and your Nordic network.

2. Your application

Get off to a good start – read the application criteria. Create a profile and submit your application on My Page. If you are applying for OPSTART fill in the application here

3. Response and payment(s)

Await a response to your application. See what to do once you receive funding.

The analysis and consultant agency, Oxford Research, is in May and April carrying out an evaluation and stakeholder analysis for the Nordic Culture Fund which will provide important input to the Nordic Culture Fund’s coming strategy.
Music | Cultural policy
The Nordic Culture Fund is co-hosting an international conference in Oslo on the 13th of September 2018 in connection with the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. The conference is arranged in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Composers.


The Nordic Culture Fund awards grants worth approximately DKK 31 million every year.


The Fund receives 1,100 applications every year.


Every year approximately 170 receive funding for projects, 90 receive funding for OPSTART, 10 receive funding for HANDMADE and 35 receive funding for puls in 2017.