Expansion of cultural grants in the wake of Covid-19
The City of Reykjavík is widening the criteria for its annual cultural grants, by accepting applications from self-employed artists. This is done to compensate for the many projects that have fallen through this year as a consequence of Covid-19, causing severe loss of income for many artists. Grants will be awarded for projects that aim to stimulate creativity, and encourage open dialogue and more cultural happenings within the city during these extraordinary times.
This is a temporary arrangement. The grant is ISK 30.000.000 in total, and written applications will be accepted from 5 May-17 May 2020. You can apply for two amounts only: 500,000 or 750,000 ISK.
Who can apply, and for what projects?
All artists can apply, but applicants must be individuals or independent groups working together on individual projects. Art institutions or art groups that receive public support are not eligible.
Applications may include:
- Development projects within the relevant art fields
- Digital recording of i.e concerts, plays or other performing arts
- Various performances
The grant is not meant as benefits for projects that have been cancelled due to the situation, but to create a platform for new or additional projects.
Those applicable are self-employed artists and art groups that are currently without projects or contracts.
Please note that events or projects cannot receive funds back in time.
How do you apply?
There is no special application form, but a written application must be sent as an attachment to the address firstname.lastname@example.org , and the application and other documents must be combined into one pdf-file. Applications without attachments will not be accepted. The subject should be „Menningarstyrkur vegna Covid-19“.
The application must include:
- Name of applicants, social security number and e-mail address.
- The amount applied for (ISK 500,000 or 750,000)
- Project description and objectives
- Partners - if applicable
Reception and evaluation of applications
All applicants should receive a confirmation email stating that their application has been received.
If no such e-mail is received, the applicant is kindly asked to check the status of their application by contacting the email address email@example.com
All applications will be evaluated by a team of representatives from BÍL and Hönnunarmiðstöð Design Centre.
Applications will be evaluated under the following criteria:
- Description of objectives and whether they are likely to be met
- Whether work- and time schedules and budget are realistic
Expected results and benefits
The evaluation team submits its proposals to the Committee of Culture, Sport and Recreation Council which awards the grants in June. All applications will be answered.
For further information contact Sif Gunnarsdóttir at the Department of Culture and Tourism.