Project funding from the Art Programme for Local Communities
The Art Programme for Local Communities is designed to stimulate the production and interpretation of public art projects and to contribute to developments within the field of public art.
The role of KORO – Public Art Norway is to ensure that as many people as possible encounter a diverse range of high-quality artworks in public buildings and other public settings. KORO’s role also includes fostering the development of contemporary art and providing artists with commissions and incomes. The Local Communities Programme is an important instrument for the fulfilment of KORO’s societal role.
Professional artists and curators, civil society actors, and local and regional authorities can apply for funding for their projects through the Local Communities Programme, either individually or collaboratively.
We are looking for projects that in various ways contribute to artistic, cultural and geographical diversity. We are also looking for art projects that in various ways will contribute to the creation of stronger and more resilient local communities, for example through projects that are linked to urban or place-based development processes, or art projects that create or develop local public arenas and meeting places.
We are also looking for projects that contribute to establishing a central place for artistic expression in democracy and society, and that make artists active contributors to public life.
Another objective is to support art projects that in various ways enable more people to participate in art and cultural activities regardless of where they live and their cultural, social and economic backgrounds. Public Art Norway will also attach weight to the artistic rationale and planned execution of each project.
Next application deadline: 1 February 2023
FAQs about the LOK Programme
Lokalsamfunnsordningen (LOK) is a programme to provide funding and production assistance for art projects in local communities. It is intended to stimulate the production and mediation of public art projects and contribute to the development of public art both locally and regionally.
- Artists and curators
- Civil society actors
- Municipalities and counties
Individuals and organizations within the arts sector, civil society and local and regional authorities are eligible to apply either individually or jointly for funding for public art projects.
Institutions and organizations whose core running costs are subsidized by the Norwegian government are not eligible to apply for funding from KORO.
- the production of public art projects
- preparatory work for the production of public art projects (preparatory projects)
- interpretative and public education programmes
You may also apply for production assistance, which means that KORO will work closely with you on the production and /or the development of your project and its method of production.
What applications will be automatically rejected?
We do not accept applications for projects that fall outside the scope of the programme. KORO does not award funding to projects that are already in progress, or to projects in receipt of funding from other state sources.
We do not award funding to cover:
- general running costs
- residency- or travel-related expenses.
You must submit your application form via KOROs online application portal before the application deadline. The application must comply with KOROs current requirements and guidelines. Applications received after the deadline or that fall outside the scope of the funding programme will be rejected.
Your application must include:
- the name(s) of the person(s) responsible for the planning, financial management and implementation of the project
- a project description, including information about its background, artistic content and objectives
- a schedule with anticipated start and end dates
- a budget and funding plan, including the total amount that you are applying for from KORO
- CVs for the project managers, the participating artist(s) and other participants
- visual materials, sketches, plans and other relevant reference materials
Funding from other sources:
For artists, curators and civil society actors, at least 10 percent of the total costs of the project must be met from sources other than KORO. Your own contributions in kind can be included in this amount.
Application forms and the call for applications will be available online for at least two (2) months prior to the application deadline. Study the call for applications carefully before starting work on the application form.
You may save your online application form at any time and return to it later. The first time you save your form, you will be asked to supply the applicants email address. We will send an email to this address with a link for you to use whenever you want to return to your form to add something or make changes. Remember to save your form while you are working on it.
All documents must be uploaded in PNG, JPG or PDF formats. Maximum file size for each attachment is 10 MB.
You must submit your completed form before the application deadline. After you have submitted your application, you will receive an email acknowledgment.
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If you do not have a Norwegian social security number or a D-number, you must contact KORO at least 14 days before the application deadline.
When considering applications, we will in particular look for high artistic quality, artistic, cultural and geographical diversity, and forms of production that involve a broad spectrum of collaborators and public groups. Other key factors are the relevance of the application to the text of the call for applications, and to the programmes` objectives.
All applications are evaluated by a committee. The members of the committee will be presented on KOROs website before the application deadline.
KORO shall inform applicants in writing of the decision.
RIGHT OF APPEAL
Only errors in case processing, legal application and factual basis may be appealed to the Ministry of Culture. The deadline for complaints is three weeks from the announcement of the decision. The complaint shall be sent to KORO.
You may apply for KORO to contribute as producer, co-producer or partner. The precise arrangements will be made with each applicants on a case-by-case basis.
KORO may impose a condition that the funding is earmarked for specific parts of the project.
The municipality or county municipality that is granted funding and / or production assistance is responsible for the implementation of the project and decides how it is organized. It is a requirement that the project is led by a professional art project manager.
KORO is responsible for ensuring that public art projects are properly documented and archived. Materials submitted to KORO form a basis for knowledge development and research within the field of public art. Your report should include accounts showing that the funding has been used in accordance with the project description and the conditions set forth in the offer letter.
The funding recipient should submit a professional report, accounts and other documentation no later than three months after the end date of the project. You should set your end date long enough after the actual implementation to allow yourself sufficient time to document all of your income and expenses. The final 10 percent of the funding will not be paid if the report is not submitted within the deadline.
The report should describe how the project was implemented and must include accounts and documentation in the form of image files, sound files and similar materials. Please include links to media coverage where relevant. The materials KORO receive will be made available for art historical research.
The accounts should show how the funding has been used, and should be organized to facilitate a comparison with the original budget. You must separately itemize all funding received from KORO and any funding received from other sources. You must keep receipts as you may be asked to produce them. If there is a discrepancy of more than 10 percent between the final accounts and the budget submitted with your funding application, you must include an explanatory comment.
Note that KORO has the right to attach special conditions when awarding funding.
Grants of over NOK 200,000 will be audited. This does not apply to organizations that are audited by municipal or other public-sector auditing.
Payments to artists, curators and civil society actors are made in instalments. The first 80 percent of the funding is paid when the applicant enters into the funding contract. The remaining 20 percent is paid once KORO has approved the final report.
Lapse of funding offers – deadline for acceptance
The funding offer will lapse if it is not accepted within the deadline stated in the offer letter. We may agree to postpone this deadline, but you must submit any request for a postponement in writing. No funding will be awarded to applicants who have failed to submit final reports in relation to past projects.
Changes to your project
You must inform KORO of any material changes to the project (including changes to the budget or schedule). KORO reserves the right to withdraw the funding if the reasons for awarding no longer apply.
Retention and repayment of funding
KORO has the right to retain funding and/or require that amounts previously paid out are repaid in the following circumstances: the funding has not been used for the envisaged purpose; the funding was awarded on the basis of incorrect information; or there has been some other material breach of the funding conditions.
You must publicize the fact that the project has been:
- funded by KORO
- produced in collaboration with KORO
- produced by KORO
- Please contact KOROs Head of Communication Åsne Hjukse for logos: firstname.lastname@example.org
KORO assumes that funding recipients will pay artists and other suppliers in compliance with the relevant contracts, payment terms and recommended rates of pay. Information about such payments should be included in your budgets, reports and accounts. The artistic project manager should be paid at least the hourly rate agreed between artists’ unions and the Ministry of Culture. For guidance about rates of pay, please refer to KOROs website.
All invoices and credit notes submitted to Norwegian state-owned enterprises such as KORO, must be in the standard Norwegian e-commerce (EHF) file format. For more information about e-invoices and the EHF file format, please refer to anskaffelser.no.
Organization number: 992 462 744
Public Art Norway – KORO
Accounts Dept DFØ
PO Box 4746, Torgarden
Guidance for artists, curators and civil society actors
- Sign the funding allocation form and return it by e-mail to email@example.com
- Send the e-invoice (in EHF format) for 80 percent of the total funding amount with a payment deadline of 30 days to KORO
- The e-invoice must be marked with the project number and project name; see the information provided in the offer letter.
- Once the final report is submitted and has been approved by KORO, you will be requested to submit the final invoice
- Send the final e-invoice (in EHF format) for 20 percent of the total funding amount with a payment deadline of 30 days to KORO
- The final report must be submitted within three months after the stated end date for the project.
If you do not already have an electronic invoicing system or if you have a system that cannot process invoices in EHF format, we recommend that you use an approved invoicing portal provider. This is an easy way of creating and sending invoices in the correct format. For more information about this, please refer to anskaffelser.no.
Questions concerning invoicing can be send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone no.: +47 22 99 11 99