Deadline for applications

In 2021 you can apply for Opstart followingly:

  • 11 January - 11 June
  • 9 August - 5 December

 

You will get a response to your application within 20 workdays after submission of the application.

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What is Opstart?

Opstart is the investment of the Nordic Culture Fund in the initial phases of new art and culture projects, designed to strengthen the Nordic ambitions of the projects. Opstart supports the joint development of promising project ideas.

 

Opstart aims to develop the artistic and cultural field in the Nordic region that is diverse, accessible and of high quality.

 

You can apply for max. DKK 25,000. There is no requirement for co-financing of Opstart.

 

Please note! Opstart funding is typically applied to cover travel and subsistence expenses in connection with meetings held in the Nordic countries. Due to the Covid-19 situation, the Fund will be able to support other costs, such as fees, materials or other things needed to complete the project, to a greater extent. This means that fees may until further notice amount to a maximum of DKK 20,000 of the project’s expenses.

What we fund

Opstart supports the joint development of project ideas within arts and culture. 

 

At least two partners from two different Nordic countries must have confirmed and described their interest in participating in the project before applying. If there are partners from only two different Nordic countries participating in the Opstart project, the project must include a concrete aim to extend the Nordic geographical scope: You must clearly indicate which other stakeholders and from which countries you intend to involve in the long term. 

 

The Fund operates on the basis of an agreement between the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland. The Fund's focus is on the Nordic players, but the scene of the project can well be global. We welcome applications to projects that have a global vision and which can help to create a new form of global relevance for Nordic co-operation within art and culture.

 

Applications are welcome from all artistic and cultural genres, and from individuals, groups, organisations, institutions, associations and companies. You do not need not be resident in the Nordic Region or a Nordic citizen in order to apply.

 

 

 

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What we do not fund

Opstart supports a wide range of projects, but there are certain limitations: 

  • Opstart is for developing ideas together, not for funding ready-made projects
  • Opstart does not support projects that do not have a clear link to the arts and culture (for instance sporting events, business development, technological innovation, projects within journalism and social sciences).
  • Opstart does not fund school trips or research trips of individuals.
  • Opstart does not provide grants for individuals or groups to participate in events.
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Other funding programmes

Opstart supports development of promising project ideas and the start-up phase of new projects with a clear development perspective.

 

If your collaborative project already has developed further, familiarise yourself with the criterion of the Project Funding.

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Assessment criteria

Quality in the project and Nordic relevance

The Fund evaluates the quality 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 that is diverse, accessible and of high quality.

 

The Fund evaluates whether the initial phase in the project meets the criteria for Opstart, by considering

 - if the objectives, content, participation, method and economy in the project are described sufficiently and thoroughly

 - if the development perspective in the project is sufficiently clear.

 

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 on which grade the project will create value mutually to all the project partners.

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Finances

Opstart grants are for max. DKK 25,000. There is no requirement for co-financing of Opstart.

 

Opstart funding is typically applied to cover travel and subsistence expenses in connection with meetings held in the Nordic countries. Due to the Covid-19 situation, the Fund will be able to support other costs, such as fees, materials or other things needed to complete the project, to a greater extent. This means that fees may until further notice amount to a maximum of DKK 20,000 of the project’s expenses.

 

The budget in your application must be detailed; Specify for example travel information (persons, routes, duration) and materials needed.

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If you need help for your project

Do you need inspiration for your project? Read about funded projects in different cultural areas.

 

The Nordic Culture Fund's Project Ambassadors can help you develop project ideas and guide you in the application process.

Terms and conditions

Project period

You can only apply for funding for activities that take place after you have received a decision from the Nordic Culture Fund. The project can start 20 weekdays after the application date,

 

The project should be completed within one year of the project start date. Please contact the secretariat if a granted project cannot be finalized within the planned time frame due to the Covid-19 situation.

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Applications

If an application is rejected, the applicant may apply once more for the same project.

 

The Fund accepts only electronic applications, which may be submitted via the Fund’s applications portal. Applications submitted by post or e-mail will be not be considered.

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Publicity

The Fund’s grants are published on our website and in our annual report.

 

According to the Nordic Culture Fund’s rules on public access to information, a list of applications is in the public domain, but the applications are not.

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If you still have questions not answered

Here you will find contact information on the Fund.

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