The Cultural Cooperation Model
Beginning in 2011, a new model for distributing state funding aid to regional cultural activities has been gradually introduced throughout the country. Among other things, the purpose of the Cultural Cooperation Model is, based on the national cultural policy priorities, to achieve increased impact for regional priorities and variations and bring culture closer to citizens.
Under this model, the Swedish Arts Council is responsible for distributing state funding to county councils, which then distribute funds directly to individual cultural activities.8 Before distributing funds, the Swedish Arts Council holds discussions with the central government agencies and actors included in the cooperation council which has been established at the agency. A prerequisite for inclusion in the model is that the county council, in cooperation with the county’s municipalities and in dialogue with civil society and professional artists, must have developed a regional plan for culture. The model thus contributes to creating strategic forums for the many actors at national, regional and local level working for the development of culture throughout the whole of society. From 2012, 16 of 21 counties are included in the Cultural Cooperation Model. A further four counties intend to join the model in 2013.