Among other things, as a result of the intercultural year 2006 and to continue to promote ethnic and cultural diversity, in June 2008 the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Swedish National Touring Theatre, the Swedish Exhibition Agency, Intercult, the Multicultural Centre and Sprong received a special assignment to develop international networks and artistic exchange and promote international and intercultural diversity during the period 2008–2010. The purpose was to coordinate educational initiatives, increase the international and intercultural contacts of Swedish cultural organisations and artists, and to create better conditions for international funding and practice. In addition, the Swedish Arts Council was instructed to strengthen international and intercultural development and formulate a plan for international activities. In total, SEK 10 million was allocated annually for the tasks mentioned. The appropriation could be used for grant distribution, but it also made initiation and funding of strategic measures possible.