The grant supports Nordic publishing houses in translating and publishing literature from one Nordic country to another. In order to receive funding, you need to apply for the grant in the country in which the work was originally published. For the Faroe Islands, this means applying through FarLit.
The Nordic Council of Ministers’ culture and arts programme has taken over the administration of the scheme to support the translation and production of literature and drama from one Nordic language to another. Grants are available for prose, poetry and drama, non-fiction of general interest (including essays and biographies), comic books and children’s books. Grants are also awarded to special issues of magazines with a Nordic focus.
Special consideration is given to applications for grants for the translation of poetry and drama; and works which have been awarded the Nordic Council Prize for Literature will be accorded top priority for up to three years after winning the prize. Priority is also given to the minority language areas in the Nordic countries.
When applying for the grant the publisher consents to the following:
The Nordic Council of Ministers must be acknowledged on the title page and on the dust jacket or, in the case of paperback editions, on the back cover.
In all of the above instances the logo of the Nordic Council of Ministers must also be displayed.
The publisher will send 3 (THREE) copies of the translated work to:
á Hjalla 7B
Furthermore, 1 (ONE) copy is to be sent to:
The Secretariat to the Nordic Council of Ministers
Ved Stranden 18
DK-1061 København K
And 1 (ONE) copy to:
The Nordic House
Each country sets its own application deadlines.
For original Faroese literature:
Application deadline: April 1st & October 1st
Get the Translation and Production Application Form here:Application_FarLit
Applications should be emailed to:
(Subject: Nordic translation grant)
Or sent via mail to:
á Hjalla 7B
Please mark the envelope: Translation Grant
Denmark: Danish Arts Foundation (Statens Kunstfond)
Greenland: Greenlandic Society of Authors (Kalaallit Atuakkiortut)
Finland: FILI (Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura)
Iceland: Icelandic Literature Center (Miðstöð Íslenskra Bókmennta)
Sami: Sami Artists’ Council (Sámi Dáiddárráðði)
Sweden: Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet)