Increased crisis support for culture and sport
On 18 January, the Government will submit an initial additional amending budget for 2022 to the Riksdag. The budget includes, among other things, increased crisis support to culture and sport. In addition to the proposals presented earlier, an additional SEK 100 million is now being allocated to culture and sport.
To mitigate the effects of the new restrictions and the new general guidelines, the Government previously proposed that SEK 200 million be allocated to culture and sport. This is now being increased by an additional SEK 100 million, of which SEK 60 million will be allocated to culture and SEK 40 million to sport. The Government will provide information on the precise allocation of the support following its adoption by the Riksdag.
“As more infection control measures are introduced, continued crisis support is needed for Sweden’s cultural life. A diversity of activities and actors have been severely affected, and the consequences are likely to persist for a long time to come. We know that the need is great and urgent, and that is why the Government is now proposing additional funds,” says Minister for Culture Jeanette Gustafsdotter.
In addition, actors in the field of culture and sport can also benefit from extended turnover support in the form of reorientation support and event support. See separate press release.
“The pandemic has caused great difficulties for the sports movement. Conditions have been very tough and I have great respect for all those involved in adapting their activities to the situation in which we find ourselves. It has been a difficult time – not least financially. The Government is therefore now proposing to provide sport with more resources,” says Anders Ygeman, Minister for Integration and Migration, with responsibility for sport.
The Riksdag previously adopted a SEK 940 million stimulatory package for culture in the budget for 2022. In 2020, the cultural sector received various crisis support packages, totalling more than SEK 2.5 billion. In 2021, SEK 3.9 billion in crisis support was distributed.
Earlier in the pandemic, the Government added SEK 1.5 billion to the additional amending budget for 2020, SEK 1.955 billion to the additional amending budget for 2021, and SEK 400 million to the Budget Bill for 2022.