Nordic Culture Point
Nordic Culture Point is an institution of the Nordic Council of Ministers which works to support Nordic co-operation within the area of culture and to increase awareness of Nordic culture in Finland. Its vision is that everyone should be able to participate in socio-cultural life on equal terms.
Nordic Culture Point has three different elements – the management of funding programmes, a library, and cultural events. The key target groups are: practitioners of art and culture in the Nordic and Baltic regions; Finns who are interested in culture and society; and Finnish schools, daycare centres, and universities.
The funding programmes are categorised by target group. Some forms of funding are aimed solely at professional cultural practitioners, while others are designed to support broader projects that help to strengthen the Nordic dimension in both culture and society at large. Every year, almost EUR 5 million is granted via the funding programmes.
Nordic Culture Point administers four grant programmes, which are divided into six different funding options. The programmes provide the opportunity to create culture, conduct projects and create meetings between artists and cultural workers in the Nordic region and Baltic states. The shared feature of all supported projects is that they have a strong Nordic dimension and are culturally innovative. There are grant programmes for children, young people and adults.
European Cultural Foundation
The societies face challenges that will affect all of us and generations to come; climate crisis, growing inequalities, polarization and digitalization. We believe these challenges need courageous and imaginative answers from a united Europe.
We see Europe as a cultural community, connected through spaces, people and stories, across borders, backgrounds and identities. Culture helps us negotiate ways of living together, build and understand our multiple identities and make Europe our home. It offers the space to question and redefine the principles we stand for. As such, it can help develop and preserve feelings of mutual comprehension and democratic solidarity.
The Foundations supports sultural changemakers and their projects through grants and exchange programmes.
The Creative Europe programme 2021-2027 has a budget of € 2.44 billion, compared to €1.47 billion of the previous programme (2014-2020). Creative Europe invests in actions that reinforce cultural diversity and respond to the needs and challenges of the cultural and creative sectors.
The main objectives of the programme are to
- safeguard, develop and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity and heritage
- increase the competitiveness and economic potential of the cultural and creative sectors, in particular the audiovisual sector.
The novelties of the programme will contribute to the recovery of these sectors, reinforcing their efforts to become more inclusive, more digital and environmentally more sustainable.
The Creative Europe programme is divided in 3 strands:
- Culture strand
- Media strand
- Cross-sectoral strand