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Factsheet for measure NO-2020-40/1660 Updated – measures in Norway

Grant scheme for events with cultural or artistic content

Stimuleringsordning for kulturlivet

Country Norway , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 October 2020 – 31 March 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound
Measure added 05 January 2021 (updated 04 February 2022)

Background information

From 1 October 2020, the government has introduced a new grant scheme for events with cultural or artistic content held in the period from 1 October to 31 December 2020, that budgets at a loss due to government-imposed requirements or restrictions related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The government’s aim is to stimulate business to bring about events rather than compensate for cancelled events.

Content of measure

The Cultural Council has given guidelines for the scheme and will handle applications. The applicants must be registered and have received less than 60% of its income from public subsidies in 2019. Municipal cultural centers and cinemas and religious or philosophical communities are included. The Cultural Council shall not exercise discretion of an artistic nature but assess whether the application falls within the purpose of the scheme. Furthermore, the Cultural Council must ensure that applicants from all over the country are allocated funds from the scheme, that grants are given for different genres and cultural expressions, that the grants reach different population groups and that the events hit as many people as possible. The Cultural Council is instructed to ensure that the cultural industry as a whole benefit from the grants.

NOK 500 million (€47.4 million) has been allocated to the scheme.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

04 January 2022

The Government announced that the grant scheme for the cultural sector will be reintroduced. The stimulation scheme will apply for the period from 8 December 2021 to 31 March 2022 and will thus have effect back in time. The application deadline for the stimulation scheme is 27 January 2022. The scheme will have the same structure as in the previous period. NOK 300 million has been set aside for the stimulus scheme for the first quarter of 2022.

28 January 2021

The Government has by regulation of 28 January decided to extend the scheme until June 2021.

Use of measure

No details available at this time.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public support service providers
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


Social partners have been consulted regularly during the design and implementation of the measure.

Views and reactions

The social partners are supportive of the measure, however, Creo – the union for arts and culture was afraid the scheme would displace support to self-employed and freelancers in the industry.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2021), Grant scheme for events with cultural or artistic content, measure NO-2020-40/1660 (measures in Norway), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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