The Fritt Ord Foundation

The Fritt Ord Foundation is a private non-profit foundation that seeks to promote freedom of expression, public debate, art and culture.

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Ukrainian journalists, photographers and media to receive five Free Media Awards for 2022 from the Fritt Ord Foundation and the ZEIT-Stiftung

August 19 2022

Photographers, videographers, journalists, war correspondents and media in Ukraine are risking their lives to cover Russia’s brutal war of aggression in their country. This year, all five of the Free Media Awards’ Press Prizes are destined for Ukrainian photographers, journalists and media in recognition of their efforts to document the suffering and the challenges that Ukrainian people are facing due to hostile destruction and war crimes committed by Russian troops. The journalism being produced under extremely trying circumstances is of exceptional quality.

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"Hoping to bring a little of the Sundance experience to Oslo"

October 13 2022

“We are hoping to bring a little of Sundance, the Venice Biennale and the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam to Oslo.” These are the words of Racha Helen Larsen, film producer and director of the Mirage Film Festival. Mirage will be held at SALT in Oslo from 12 to 16 October. 2022 marks the second time the festival will be arranged.


The Fritt Ord Journalism Fellowship

August 23 2022

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the Fritt Ord Journalism Fellowship for journalists funded by the Fritt Ord Foundation. This gives an unique opportunity for Norwegian journalists to benefit from a funded fellowship at the University of Oxford, commencing in January 2021. Application deadline: Wednesday 165 September 2020, at noon.

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The Fritt Ord Foundation's new application portal is now available

August 1 2022

The Fritt Ord Foundation’s new application portal is now available here.

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What does Fritt Ord Fund?

Fritt Ord awards support for projects that help promote freedom of expression, public discourse, art and culture. The measures supported should contribute to the common good and be available to the public.

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How to Apply for Funding

The Fritt Ord Foundation’s new application portal is now available.

Please note: All earlier applicants and recipients must click on ‘forgot password’ to reset their password the first time they log in to the new portal. New applicants must register and create a user profile in the portal.

Click here for our general guidelines for applications.

The portal can also be used to request the payment of funds granted. Please send an email to to request the payment of funds granted if the Payout Request (Utbetalingsanmodning) is unavailable for your project

It will not be possible to submit final reports on completed projects until later this autumn.

Go to the new portal here.

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Application Deadlines

The Fritt Ord Foundation’s various deadlines for applications in 2022

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The Fritt Ord Foundation is a private non-profit foundation that aspires to promote freedom of expression, public debate, art and culture. The projects that receive funding should benefit the Norwegian public and be accessible to all. In special cases, the Fritt Ord Foundation can help promote freedom of expression in other countries.

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Screen Story Film og TV
utvikling av dokumentarfilmen "Løvene ved elven Tigris"
Film, utvikling
Svalbard Museum
utstillingen "Demokratiets kår i Longyearbyen"
Emil andre erstad ii
Det Norske Samlaget
utgivelse av boken "Mørkemann. Mi reise til kristenkonservatismen og tilbake" av Emil André Erstad
Bok, utgivelse
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Erik Bjerck Hagen
utgivelse av Willy Dahls litteraturanmeldelser i utvalg
Bok, utgivelse
Foreningen Røverhuset
Norsk journalistikk: RøverRadion
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Gunel Imanova
Manusutvikling og oversettelse av boken "Den afghanske ghettoen"
Bok, manusutvikling
KÅKÅ 2022 - programstøtte
Epos ii
Det flytande litteraturhuset Epos 2022-2024
Anne sverdrup thygesen
Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
Manusutvikling av boken "Skogen og Norge"
Bok, manusutvikling
Bjarne langseth
Bjarne Langseth
Manusutvikling av boken "VIDDAS POLITI. Reinpolitiets historie"
Bok, manusutvikling
Noshin Saghir
manusutvikling av barne- og ungdomsboken "Little Norway i Pakistan"
Bok, manusutvikling
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Sanna Sarromaa
Manusutvikling av boken "Norske skoletabuer – Alle skal med, men ingen skal langt".
Bok, manusutvikling
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Store norske leksikon
Ekstrabevilgninger 2021: Skriveoppdrag til kriserammede forfattere
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Visjoner Teater
manusutvikling for teaterprosjektet "SPOR - Gamvik"
Hei verden
lansering av dokumentarfilmen "Hei verden" (tidligere "16")
Film, lansering
Stray Dog Productions
lansering av dokumentarfilmen "Fortellinger fra dusjen"
Film, lansering
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Funksjonshemmedes Fellesorganisasjon (FFO)
Ekstrabevilgninger 2020: Fotoprosjektet "Bilder fra en pandemi"
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Espen Klouman Høiner
manusutvikling for forestillingen "Den skinnende byen på fjellet"
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Fotograf Kyrre Lien
produksjon av kortdokumentaren "Ulv! Ulv!"
Film, produksjon
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Fredrik Drevon
Norsk journalistikk: Gravereportasjen "Hvor grønt er det grønne skiftet?"
Mediehuset Minerva AS
Ekstrabevilgninger 2020: Artikkel- og podkastserien "Korona og sikkerhetsrådskandidaturet"
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Nosizwe Baqwa
teaterprosjektet "Nosizwe - mor av en nasjon"
Ahmed Falah Al-Ogaili
Additional grants 2020: The art project "Fighting Covid-19 with drawing

City of Refuge artist Ahmed Falah Al-Ogaili has received NOK 40 000 for his art project “Fighting Covid-19 with drawing”, in which innovative graphics and street art will be used to illustrate the recommendations issued by the World Health Organization and local institutions.

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Espen Stueland
Additional grants 2020: Manuscript development for the book "Kontagium 2020"
Bok, manusutvikling

Espen Stueland has received NOK 75 000 to develop the manuscript for the book “Kontagium 2020” about the corona crisis and earlier literary works about pandemics and plagues.



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Fritt Ord has taken the initiative for several research projects on freedom of expression that have been conducted by various Norwegian research communities. Among other things, the studies have examined social norms and political tolerance in respect of statements, online harassment and polarisation, artistic freedom of expression and freedom of expression in the workplace.

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Documentary Photography

Over the years, Fritt Ord has worked to strengthen the position of documentary photography through special calls for applications for funding, providing ongoing support for photo books and exhibitions, and establishing projects like The Norwegian Journal of Photography.

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Libraries, Encyclopaedia, and Houses of Literature

Fritt Ord has launched various initiatives related to the communication of knowledge and the promotion of literature, including an annual subsidy scheme earmarked for Norwegian public libraries. In 2005, the Foundation took the initiative to establish Norway’s first house of literature and, in 2010, to ensure the further operation of Store norske leksikon.

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International Projects

Fritt Ord takes part in a number of joint projects outside the borders of Norway, primarily related to freedom of the press, democracy building and the strengthening of organisations of civil society.

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Young People and Students

Fritt Ord offers grants for students working on master’s theses or on documentary films in fields such as human rights, journalism, freedom of expression and democracy building. It also hosts the Fritt Ord Foundation Competition for Upper Secondary Schools and the Norwegian Historical Society’s competition for pupils.

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Media and Journalism

Since its inception, Fritt Ord has had media and journalism as one of its core target areas. In today’s demanding media situation, the Foundation has set up separate grant and subsidy schemes for journalists and critics.

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Books and reports published by the Fritt Ord Foundation, alone or with partners.