Information event on Nordic cultural funds


How do I get money for my cultural project? Information event on Nordic cultural funds

May 18th 15:00-17:00 / The event will be in Icelandic / English / For free and open for all

Do you have a cultural project or a good idea but are in need financial support to fulfil it or get it out into the world? Is it hard for you to figure out where to apply, when and for what? Then this event is for you!

There will be a presentation of the two most important Nordic cultural funds: The Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point, presentations from two project ambassadors from the Nordic Culture Fund, Jonatan Habib Engqvist and Ása Richardsdóttir – both experts in shortening the way from the applicants to the right fund, and a presentation from project manager at the Nordic House, Gunn Hernes. Together this will give you a good overview of the Nordic fund system and save you a lot of frustrated hours in front of your computer. In a short overview, we can tell you that:

The Nordic Culture Fund aims to promote co-orporation between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. The Fund was established in 1966, and currently has a budget of DKK 36 million, most which is awarded in the form of grants to projects in the Nordic Region and beyond. The Fund has three channels: the general project fund which has three annual deadlines, OPSTART and the priority theme funding pools.


Nordic Culture Point is an official Nordic cultural institution operating under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers, which administers four Nordic funding programs: Mobility funding, which is supporting traveling, networking and residential activities, Culture and Art Programme, that aims to support innovative artistic projects, NORDBUK Grant Programme, which is helping organizations strengthen children and young people’s participation in political processes and Nordic corporation and finally Volt, that supports children and young people’s own cultural projects.


Jonatan Habib Engqvist (SE) is a theorist, curator, teacher and freelancer. He has produced international programs and exhibitions i.a. in Norway, Sweden and Iceland. He has also written for and edited various journals and books.

Ása Richardsdóttir (IS) has worked in culture, politics and media for three decades, producing, leading and creating various events and projects. She i.e. founded one of Reykjavik’s independent theatres in 1994 and was the executive director of Iceland Dance Company for eight years.

Gunn Hernes (NO) is a project manager at the Nordic House and has been a guest speaker at several workshops in the field of music and performing arts. She has worked as an independent producer for many years and toured internationally with different dance companies, and worked planing outdoor festivals and concerts.

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