Kreativa platser (Creative Spaces)

Swedish Arts Council
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Kreativa platser (Creative Spaces) was designed, inspired by the British project Creative People and Places, as a specially dedicated grant that can be applied for to fund cultural activities in residential areas with "low electoral turnout or socioeconomic challenges". The sub-initiative spanned three years, but with one year's funding for the projects (however, it was clearly communicated that projects already awarded grants would be given priority in subsequent funding rounds). Applicants were required to enter into a partnership of at least three actors, at least one of which was to be a non-profit actor based in the residential area concerned. The organisation responsible for the project was not permitted to be a public party. The Swedish Arts Council aimed for Kreativa platser to be characterised by a learning perspective with a continuous exchange of experience between the projects. The aim of the initiative was for it to result in activities that could be established in the long term.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

Kreativa platser resulted in 30 different projects after 204 applications (with a total of 750 organisations) were received in the first round. With the aim of generating a large number of applications, the Swedish Arts Council conducted 20 information meetings in different locations in Sweden and produced an information sheet in 25 languages.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

11 500 000 USD

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Type of entity
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Kreativa platser had a great impact on and generated a lot of interest among civil society organisations and demonstrates the importance of the project. Long-term work was somewhat hampered by the short-term grants scheme, with grants awarded for only one year at a time and for a maximum of three years. There was also some administrative pressure on project owners in that a new application needed to be made every year, despite the fact that the projects could be more or less guaranteed continued funding until the end of 2018.

Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Cultural Domain(s)