How to Apply for Funding
Potential applicants must register at the Fritt Ord Application Centre.
Setting up a user account
All applications must be submitted electronically online. When registering, you must specify your email address, mailing address and telephone number. If your application is granted, all further communication will take place through the applications centre. Requests for the disbursement of funds and reports shall be submitted through the applications centre as well, unless otherwise agreed.
If you have questions about how to submit an application or about which projects may qualify for support from Fritt Ord, please contact us by email or by telephone +47 230 14646. It is also possible to contact our staff directly.
Forgot user name or password?
Your email address is your user name on our website. If you forget your password, click on “Forgot password” on the login page. You will subsequently receive an email containing a new password. Use the new password to log in. After that, you can choose to keep your assigned password, or to change it by selecting “Contact” in the left menu, and thereafter “Change password”.
It takes five to eight weeks to process applications. Your application must be complete and include all required attachments. If you would like to forward any additional information (e.g. a letter of intent or an updated funding plan), this must be agreed in advance. Forwarded material must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to provide the application’s reference number.
The reply to the application will be sent directly to you by email, and a list of the applications granted will be published on the Fritt Ord Foundation’s website. The replies will be dispatched in two rounds, and those regarding applications for more than NOK 100 000 will be dispatched first. If you do not get an answer in the first round, your application may still be being processed.
Fritt Ord does not provide formal, written explanations for why an application is rejected, but if you send an email to email@example.com or call +47 230 14646, you can contact our staff and ask for a conversation.
If you submit an application that is identical to a previously rejected application, it will not be reconsidered. On the other hand, it is possible to submit a new improved version of your application. You should, however, mention explicitly which parts of the application have been modified.
Your responsibility when you submit an application
Once submitted, your application is linked to your user profile, and it cannot be transferred to anyone else. If someone else is to submit the disbursement request or the final report on your project, they must be given access to your user name and password. For organisations in which several individuals work on the same project, it can be useful to have just one shared user account for the organisation.
To apply to Fritt Ord for support, you must complete a short application form and attach a detailed project description, a budget and a funding plan, your CV and any other requisite information (see the detailed list below). The project description is the most important document.
The digital form must be completed in full. You can start to complete a form and save a draft, then access it again when you log in later. It is recommended that applicants have all relevant information at hand before starting to complete the application form. In addition, all documents that are uploaded should be final versions. The project description and the budget should be uploaded separately, so they should be separate documents. Applications will not be accepted without the following attachments:
- Project description: a clear, concise description of the project. The project description should be two to eight pages long.
- A budget and a funding plan: a funding plan lists project costs, self-financing, the project’s anticipated revenues, other support that has been pledged, and other applications that are still pending.
Applicants can also upload other documents that are relevant for processing their applications.
- CV: a curriculum vitae (CV) is a resumé containing concise information about the qualifications of an individual or group involved in the project. Where several people are involved, CVs should be collected in one single file.
- Other attachments: This depends on the kind of project in question, but other attachments may, e.g. be excerpts from manuscripts, limited to 1-2 chapters, a letter of intent with a publishing house regarding a book publication, a broadcasting agreement with a TV channel, press clippings or statements of support.
The application form per se requires that the following fields be completed:
- Brief description of the project
- Exactly what the support will be used for
- A time table, e.g. schedule of events, duration, number of man-months of labour, etc.
These fields must be completed, even if the points have also been explained in the attached project description. Please be aware that the fields in the form are limited to 500 characters. We encourage applicants to use the entire field.
Application documents will be accepted in the following formats: PDF, Word and JPG. Please note that Excel files (.XLS and .XLSX) will not be accepted. Excel files must be converted to PDF format prior to submission. Please bear in mind that the applications must be manageable and readable – do not attach large numbers of pages.
There are limits on the size of the files that will be accepted. If the files you try to attach are too big, it may be because they contain too many images or images that are scanned at a resolution that is too high. In that case, try compacting the files or removing unnecessary images. Fritt Ord will not accept subsequent emails containing files that exceed the specified sizes.
- CV – max. 1 MB
- Project description – max. 2 MB
- Budget and funding plan: – max. 1 MB
- Attachments – max. 2 MB
One copy of physical attachments such as published books, booklets, DVD films, or the like, may be submitted to Fritt Ord. These will not be returned, but it is possible to pick up such attachments if their return is requested at the time of submission. The address is: Fritt Ord, Uranienborgveien 2, 0258 Oslo, Norway.