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Circus Karavan in Welcome to Malmö Part 1. Photo: Tobias Annerfeldt.

How we work

Everyone should be given the opportunity to access high quality art and culture. This is the basis for our remit as a government authority. The remit is based on the national cultural policy objectives, decided by the Swedish parliament.

The objectives state that: “Culture is to be a dynamic, challenging and independent force based on the freedom of expression. Everyone is to have the opportunity to participate in cultural life. Creativity, diversity and artistic quality are to be integral parts of society’s development.
Through our grants and other operations, we contribute to the fulfilment of the cultural policy objectives.

Every year we allocate around SEK 2.5 billion to:

  • Literature, libraries and promoting reading 
  • Visual Arts, craft, design and museums
  • Music, theatre, dance, and modern circus 
  • Creative Schools and the Cultural Schools 

Around SEK 1.2 billion goes to the Swedish region through the cultural collaboration model.

Our grants are intended to support organisations, working professionally with art and culture in Sweden and internationally. They are intended for cultural associations, organisations, groups, publishing houses, and municipalities. You cannot apply for grants from us as an individual artist.

Read more about other funding opportunities here.

One part of our work is to spread knowledge and further the development of culture and the arts. Our remit consists, among other things, to inspire more people to read books, making it possible for more people to participate in the Art Schools, and to promote equal rights and opportunities for everyone.

The Swedish Arts Council has a special government remit to promote the development of equal rights and opportunities for LGBTQ people, i.e. homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual people, as well as people with queer expressions and identities. 

The Swedish Arts Council is the sectoral authority for availability with a special remit to further the development to make cultural life accessible for people with disabilities.

You are welcome to find out more about us and the rich art and culture life all around Sweden we support!


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