Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
12. 02 2019
OPEN CALL: Icelandic-Finnish Cultural Foundation

The Foundation provides grants and scholarships to support projects in different spheres of society and cultural life. Grants are awarded to individuals, organisations and associations.


The aim of the Icelandic-Finnish Cultural Foundation is to promote relations and cultural exchange between Finland and Iceland and to increase the countries’ mutual awareness and knowledge.


Grants are awarded, for instance, for co-operation in the fields of art and culture, scientific research (especially humanities and social sciences), study trips by student and pupil groups, and for learning more about either country’s cultural, social and economic conditions. In addition, the Foundation has projects of its own.


The Icelandic-Finnish Cultural Foundation was founded in 1975 by the State of Finland, and its capital is EUR 550,000 (2017). Since 2008, the State of Iceland has contributed to the Foundation’s grants and scholarships.


For what purpose can I apply for a grant?

The Foundation prioritises projects that aim to:
• promote the cultural exchange between the two countries and develop the cultural life in those;
• increase interest in the Finnish language in Iceland and in the Icelandic language in Finland;
• increase people’s awareness of the common history of the two countries and that of the social development that has taken place since then;
• deal with future challenges and possibilities related to the industry, social development and cultural life of the two countries.

For what kind of projects can I apply for a grant?
The Foundation prioritises projects that:
• further develop the current collaboration and are seeking new areas/networks/target groups for bilateral exchange in the future;
• are carried out in those Finnish/Icelandic regions where the awareness of the countries or relations between the countries are quite low;
• create something that is new and that has not been carried out before, offer a new perspective and introduce new information and the latest scientific developments from Finland/Iceland and from Finnish-Icelandic relations;
• have the opportunity to continue and develop;
• increase interest in Finland in Icelandic public debate, and vice versa.


What grants are not awarded for?
Projects must have a clear bilateral goal. If this goal is not clear from the application, the application will be rejected. Grants are not awarded for projects that have been started or completed before a decision is made by the Foundation. As a main rule, grants are not awarded for the following purposes:
• technical equipment, material expenses, repair work, construction, monuments or similar;
• administrative expenses or salaries that are not directly related to the execution of the project;
• secondary, higher education or other studies covered by a general study grant;
• exchange studies, internship or student exchange;
• sports events.


Application guidelines
Download the application guidelines (in Swedish).


Apply for a grant here.

More information here.


// Icelandic version //


Menningarsjóður Íslands og Finnlands auglýsir eftir umsóknum vegna verkefna sem fyrirhuguð eru á síðari hluta þessa árs eða fyrri hluta ársins 2020. Tilgangur sjóðsins er að efla menningartengsl Íslands og Finnlands. Sjóðurinn veitir árlega styrki til einstaklinga, samtaka, félaga og stofnana vegna verkefna sem geta orðið til að efla samskipti Íslands og Finnlands á sviði menningar, lista, atvinnulífs og þjóðlífs almennt.


• Auglýst er eftir umsóknum um styrki úr sjóðnum vegna verkefna sem eru fyrirhuguð á síðari hluta ársins 2019 og fyrri hluta ársins 2020.
• Frestur til að leggja inn umsóknir um styrki úr sjóðnum vegna þessa tímabils rennur út 31. mars 2019.
• Æskilegt er að umsóknir séu ritaðar á sænsku, dönsku, norsku, finnsku eða ensku.
• Einungis er hægt að sækja um rafrænt á:
• Fyrirspurnir vegna umsókna má senda á:


Frekari upplýsingar um Menningarsjóð Íslands og Finnlands má finna á vef mennta- og menningarmálaráðuneytis og á vefnum


Stjórn Menningarsjóðs Íslands og Finnlands.