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Factsheet for measure NO-2020-40/1660 – Updated – measures in Norway
|Country||Norway , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 October 2020 – 31 March 2022|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound|
|Measure added||05 January 2021 (updated 04 February 2022)|
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.
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.
No details available at this time.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Public support service providers
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|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 have been consulted regularly during the design and implementation of the measure.
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.
This case is sector-specific
|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, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NO-2020-40_1660.html
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