The Children's Culture Fund of Iceland was established by the Icelandic Parliament (Althing) in accordance with a resolution made at a parliamentary session conducted at Thingvellir in celebration of the centennial of Iceland's sovereignty. The Fund is a public initiative intended to support diverse cultural activities for the benefit of children and youths. The Fund finances projects that support the democratic participation of children in society or take special measures according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Fund works to fulfil the main goals of the government's National Cultural Policy about cooperation between schools, civil groups and individuals, as well as the goal of equal access for children and youth to diverse and quality art events despite their living and financial situation.
Eligible applicants to the Fund are artists, arts and culture organizations, NGOs, and others engaged in cultural activities for children and youth in accordance with the Cultural Policy. Children's culture refers to projects in the field of art and culture that are prepared for children and/or with the active participation of children.
The Fund has financed 78 projects in the two years since it was established. Among the projects the Fund has supported are plays, workshops, podcasts, clowns, film and music festivals and other events for children or the participation of them. It funded, for example, the workshop "Girls Rock!", a feminist project which aims to empower 10-12 year old cis girls, trans children, intersex and nonbinary children through music, as well as an art workshop project for teenagers with learning disabilities.
732,279 USD was allocated to the Fund in 2019 from the State Treasury (100 million ISK).
|Name of partner||Type of entity|
The Icelandic Centre for Research
The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture