Press release from Ministry of Culture

Enhanced support to civil society

Published Updated

The Government is proposing enhanced support to civil society in an additional amending budget to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. The proposal involves temporary support of SEK 50 million to civil society child and youth organisations. In addition, special investments of SEK 80 million are proposed for civil society organisations working with particularly vulnerable groups. According to the Riksdag’s preliminary schedule, the budget will be adopted on 24 February.

Support to civil society’s work with particularly vulnerable groups

Civil society organisations have a central role in reaching groups that in various ways have been particularly affected by restrictions and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government will therefore provide SEK 80 million to strengthen civil society’s social and humanitarian activities for society’s most vulnerable people.

A total of SEK 150 million was set aside for this purpose in 2021, and SEK 50 million was set aside in 2020.

Support to child and youth organisations

The pandemic has also made it difficult for youth movements to conduct their normal activities. The Government will therefore provide SEK 50 million to child and youth organisations to enhance their ability to conduct their work.

The funds will be allocated through the Ordinance on government grants for child and youth organisations (2011:65). Child and youth organisations have previously received extra support as a consequence of the pandemic, amounting to an increase of SEK 50 million for the years 2020–2022. This entails a total increase of SEK 100 million for 2022, from SEK 212 million to SEK 312 million.

According to the Riksdag’s preliminary schedule, the budget will be adopted on 24 February.

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Tora Heckscher
Press Secretary to the Minister for Culture Jeanette Gustafsdotter
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