Opstart is the Nordic Culture Fund’s investment in the initial phases of artistic and cultural projects. The programme supports the joint development of new and promising project ideas, with a view to strengthening the Nordic ambitions of the projects. You can apply for up to DKK 25,000, and there is no requirement for co-financing. Opstart has a rolling application deadline, and you will receive a reply within 20 working days.
Opstart accepts applications until November 17 2023.
In 2024 Opstart accepts applications Jan. 8 – May 24, and Aug. 12 – Nov. 15.
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Opstart is designed to give collaborative projects in the arts and culture a good start.
The programme supports projects with concrete ambitions to develop cooperation across the Nordic countries. At least two partners from two different Nordic countries must have confirmed their participation in the project before applying, and their roles must be described in the application. If there are partners from only two different Nordic countries participating in the Opstart project, one of the concrete objectives of the project should be to widen Nordic participation. The application must clearly indicate how and which other stakeholders and from which countries the project intends to involve in the long term.
The Nordic countries are Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland. Participation from outside the Nordic countries is also welcome.
You can apply as an individual, group, institution, association or company, as well as a public or private organisation. Opstart welcomes applications for projects with a global vision that can help create new relevance for Nordic art and cultural cooperation. Therefore, you do not need to be a resident of the Nordic Region or have Nordic nationality to apply.
Notice that Opstart does not support:
Do you already have a fully developed idea and plan for project implementation with partners? Then it might be good to consider applying for Project Funding.
Applications are assessed on the basis of two general criteria and the project’s own context and coherence:
The Fund evaluates the content of the Opstart project on the basis of its originality and its contribution to innovative and dynamic artistic and cultural life in the Nordic region.
The Fund assesses the level of engagement – or potential level of engagement – in the project in relevant areas in the Nordic Region and eventually outside the region. Furthermore, the Fund evaluates which grade the project will create value mutually for all the project partners.
The Fund evaluates whether the initial phase in the project meets the criteria for Opstart, by considering
The Fund assesses the extent to which the budget is realistic and well worked out in relation to the content of the project, and the extent to which the collaborative and Nordic ambitions are reflected in the budget.
The budget in your application must be detailed; Specify for example travel information (persons, routes, duration), fees and materials needed.
Opstart is typically applied to cover travel and subsistence expenses in connection with development meetings in the Nordic region. A maximum of 50% of the amount requested can be budgeted for project participants’ fees.
Opstart grants are for max. DKK 25,000. There is no requirement for co-financing of Opstart.
The application is received by advisers in the Fund’s secretary, who ensure the application is in accordance with the program’s criteria. Next, the advisers seek a professional statement of experts in the field who work externally to the Fund, before recommending the application for a final decision. It is the Director of the Fund, by authority of the Board of the Fund, who makes the final decision based on the expert’s statement and the secretary’s recommendation.