Author dialogue during the Sami literature festival Bágo in books. Photo: Elin Anna Labba.Author dialogue during the Sami literature festival Bágo in books. Photo: Elin Anna Labba.Author dialogue during the Sami literature festival Bágo in books. Photo: Elin Anna Labba. + + +

Author dialogue during the Sami literature festival Bágo in books. Photo: Elin Anna Labba.

How it works

You are welcome to apply for grants from the Swedish Arts Council. Here you can read about the application what happens when you have sent your application to us.

You apply for most of our grants through our online service. You will find the form on the information page for each grant. There, you can find out who can apply for the different grants and the criteria the application has to fulfil. In the application form itself, you will find instructions for filling out the application.

Or you can log in directly to the online service through the link in the page head, but we recommend that you read the information on the grant in advance.

Some grant applications are made on the Word application form that you find on the information page for the grant.

If you want to apply for a grant but do not have an account in our online service you can create one here:

Create an account in our online service

We receive your application

When you have sent your application through our online service you will receive a confirmation via e-mail. If there is an error, you will get an error message. If that happens, we will help you to send your application manually.

We review your application

All applications in an application round are gathered for a first revision. We check that each application is complete and includes the compulsory appendixes. If something is amiss, we will contact you and ask for a complement or clarification.

We assess and make decisions

Your application is assessed, based on the criteria for the grant you have applied for. The criteria are described on the information page for each grant, under the heading How do we assess your application?

It usually takes 9 weeks for decisions on project grants and 12 weeks for operational grants.

The decision states who will be awarded the grant as well as the size of the grants. The decisions are made in different ways for different grants. Some grants are assessed by a work group or reference group. The groups consist of qualified experts from different fields to secure that the grant decisions are based on expertise. The work groups make their own decisions, while the reference groups are advisory to the Director General.

For around twenty of our grants, the Swedish Arts Council’s senior advisors, with special knowledge regarding the different grants and art forms, give decision proposals to the Director General.

We announce the decision

When the decision is made, we will send a notification via e-mail to the contact person in the application. The decision is automatically added to your case in our online service.

Through the decision you will receive information regarding your application, if it is approved or rejected. The decision cannot be appealed. If an application is rejected, the case is closed.

We disburse the granted subsidy

If your application is approved, the disbursement of the granted subsidy will be done as soon as possible. The objective is that you will receive the amount within one month after the decision, at the latest. If the approved grant concerns the forthcoming financial year, the disbursement of the granted subsidy is done in the beginning of the year the grant concerns.

In some cases there are special conditions that must be met before the money is paid out. These are stated in the decision.

You give an account of the grant

You give an account of approved grants through the online service, where you find the form. Some grant accounts are made via the Word form on the information page for the grant.

The last date for accounting is stated in the decision, and in your case.

All grant accounts are reviewed by a senior advisor. If something is missing you may be asked to supply complements and clarifications.

Read more about grant accounts on the information page for each grant.

We close the case

When the account is approved, the case is closed and automatically saved in the online service, under My archived cases. There, you have full access to your application and the connected appendixes, even when the case is archived.

Rejected application are archived when the decision is made.