Nordic Council of Ministers’ Culture Funds

There is a number of Nordic foundations that target cultural projects taking place in Nordic countries or global cultural projects with Nordic participants. This page shows you a list of the different foundations, their focal areas and their deadlines for application.

It is wise to have read Nordic Council of Ministers Strategy for Nordic Cultural Co-operation 2013–2020 before launching applications to Nordic cultural foundations.

We get many applications, and if you wish to enhance your chances of funding, we advise that you follow our guidelines on how to make a sound application.


Fund Which projects do they support Deadline
Bilateral Funds in the Nordic Region There is a number of bilateral funds in the Nordic countries. They usually grant funds to projects dealing with culture, education and research, and some funds also grant travel awards. Non-fixed – check the websites of the individual funds.
Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding schemes There is an wide-ranging array of funding schemes, supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Non-fixed – check the websites of the individual funds.
NordPlus Nordplus funds educational cooperation concerning lifelong learning between the Nordic and Baltic countries. March 1st 2017
The Nordic Culture Fund The Nordic Culture Fund supports artistic and cultural cooperation both with professionals and amateurs. Projects hoping to be granted funds are to present variation, foresight, availability and quality. January 25th 2017
Nordic Culture Point Nordic Culture Point offers 3 funding schemes for cultural projects :

The Culture and Art Programme, the aim of which is to promote new ideas and initiatives, help establish Nordic partnerships and encourage the arts and culture in the Nordic countries and beyond.

The Mobility Programme, the overall objective of which is to enhance cultural and artistic collaboration between the Nordic and Baltic countries by funding travel, networking and residential visits. Furthermore, this programme also offers support for Artist Residencies.

NORDBUK, the main objectives of which are to strengthen children and young people’s organising capabilities, to enhance their influence and participation in political processes, as well as nurturing a sense of Nordic identity. Participants in projects funded by NORDBUK are to be under 30 years old.

Check application deadlines.
Funding scheme for Nordic translations The aim of the funding scheme is to help spreading and strengthening the knowledge of the individual Nordic countries’ quality literature by translating publications into other Nordic languages. In Greenland, funds for translations from Greenlandic to other Nordic languages are granted by Atuakkiortut, the Greenlandic Writers Association. The publishing company for the specific Greenlandic book – not the author – can apply. Annual deadlines : April 1st & Oktober 1st
Nordic Film & Tv Fund The main goal of the foundation is to promote movies and TV productions from the Nordic countries by providing financial support to production of documentaries, movies and TV series. Applications are processed continuously.
NAPA NAPA grants funds to individuals, organisations and institutions that need financial support in projects dealing with culture, education, research and public enlightenment. Nonfixed – minimum 2 months prior to project launch.
Artist Residencies in The Nordic Region The Nordic Culture Point issue grants for Artist Residencies all over the Nordic Region. Artists can apply for residencies, and cultural institutions can apply for funding when inviting an artist to stay in their residency. 12.01.2017-13.02.2017
NORA NORA is a fund that supports projects between Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland. The projects are to focus on establishing transnational networks between national innovation centres and innovative players, and should help develop new products, production methods, marketing strategies and other diversifying initiatives. October 3rd 2016