Twice a year, you can apply for Project Funding for projects that build on and develop collaborations across the Nordic Region. Projects may also involve partners from other countries. The next application deadline is 1 September 2023.
Apply for a grant of up to
approx. 8 weeks after deadline
Project Funding is the Nordic Culture Fund’s contribution to stimulating the development of the arts and cultural life, and strengthening the Nordic relations of various actors.
Emphasis is placed on the originality of the projects and on cross-border collaborations in the Nordic countries, but we also welcome projects that extend beyond the Nordic region in various ways.
The Fund supports risk-taking, and we often support the establishment and development phases of new artistic and cultural initiatives and networks. Funding can also be awarded to projects that build upon previous networking or a previously completed project, provided they involve clear development and innovation of the existing projects, and the Fund’s support can be seen to have clear relevance.
Cultural players, artists, public and private organisations, associations, etc., regardless of nationality, can apply for Project Funding.
You can apply for a maximum amount of DKK 500,000, but it is a good idea to obtain an idea of the typical size of the Nordic Culture Fund’s grants before applying. The project must have at least 50% co-financing.
We work with an open and inquisitive approach to the Nordic, and are interested in everything that is under development. Applicants are therefore invited to share with the Fund their perspectives and approaches to the meaning of the Nordic, and to describe how the project in question can contribute to creating meaningful connections and links in the Nordic Region.
Notice Project Funding does not provide support for:
If you are still developing your project idea or starting a new collaboration, our Opstart may be relevant for you.
Applications are assessed under three main criteria, taking into account the project’s own context:
The Fund assesses the artistic and/or cultural ambitions of the project and its content, methods and implementation plan. Emphasis is placed on innovation and development, including in relation to any previous projects.
The Fund assesses the anchoring of the project in relevant actors across the Nordic Region and the Nordic cooperation in the project: the project’s significance for the partners involved, and their commitment to it.
The Fund assesses the project’s exploration of various aspects of the Nordic and its impact on the development of the arts and cultural life within the scope of the project. The Nordic dimension must have greater importance in the project than just cooperation between two Nordic countries: the project must as a minimum have a broader Nordic content or target audience.
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. It is a requirement that at least 50% of the budget must come from sources other than the Fund. In total, the project’s income may consist of a maximum of 85% funding from the official Nordic co-operation (e.g. the Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point).
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.