Government Grants For Artists are important instruments in the public artist policy in Norway. Grants for artists may potentially be allocated to all artists who primarily live and work in Norway. In addition to the support schemes for artists on the state level, some municipalities and counties have schemes for artists, but there are great variations among regions. The grants for artists on the state level are direct and individual support for artists awarded for set periods of time. Until recently, grants has also been given to artists permanently as a guarantee income. Nevertheless, only a small number of the applicants are successful. The most important grants are:
- Work grants of 1-5 years: Artists, primarily creative artists, working on a defined project, or artists who want to devote all their working hours to artistic work, are awarded with a grant. Work grants are distributed according to defined quotas between various artist categories. Creative artists receive most of the stipends.
- Work grants for young artists: These grants are awarded for 1-3 years to artists under the age of 35 who are at the stage of establishing themselves as artists. This grant is relatively new and was first awarded in 1998 as compensation for the elimination of the specific scholarship connected to art education (see chapter 5.3).