Press release from Ministry of Culture

SEK 1 billion to culture and sport as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 virus

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The cultural sector and sports movement will receive an extra SEK 1 billion in support due to the economic consequences affecting these sectors as a result of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The money will be distributed by grant-allocating agencies in the area of culture and by the Swedish Sports Confederation.

The funds to culture – SEK 500 million – will be granted to activities that lose revenue as a result of the restriction on public gatherings. Small events are also affected by the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s guidelines and by changes in public behaviour. Both large and small actors in the area of culture will be able to receive support. Organisational form will not impact the ability to receive support. State institutions are not included, but their situation is being monitored closely.

The funds to sport – SEK 500 million – will be granted to activities that lose revenue as a result of the restriction on public gatherings. The money will go to associations that organise sporting events, such as major championships, recreational races or elite-level matches.

The Government will continue to engage in dialogue with relevant actors and to examine the support that may be needed as a result of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This is a policy agreement reached between the Government, the Liberal Party and the Centre Party.

Press contact

Josefin Sasse
Press Secretary to the Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport Amanda Lind
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Mobile +46 73 077 94 69
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