September 19, 2017

2018 SCA Grant Guidelines


The Swedish Council of America (SCA) makes grants of financial support for projects that promote knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of Swedish heritage and culture in North American life and/or that strengthen contemporary ties between the United States, Canada and Sweden.

1. 2018 SCA Grant Applications must be submitted electronically and must be received by SCA no later than 4:00 p.m., Monday, January 15, 2018. The SCA Grants Committee will review the applications and make its recommendations to the SCA Executive Committee in February 2018. The SCA Executive Committee is empowered to make the final decision on SCA Grants on behalf of the SCA Board of Directors. Notice will be sent to all grant applicants by the end of March 2018 and monies will be distributed within two of weeks of SCA’s receipt of the grantee’s SCA Grant Acknowledgment Form.

2. Grant applications should clearly demonstrate how the project to be funded accomplishes at least one of the following:

    • Serves to pass Swedish heritage on to future generations
    • Enhances knowledge of Swedish emigrants/immigrants to North America and of their contributions to American and/or Canadian life
    • Increases knowledge and awareness of Swedish-American or Swedish-Canadian culture
    • Promotes contemporary cultural ties between North America and Sweden

3. The themes for the 2018 SCA grant cycle are as follows. While this year’s grants are not limited to these themes, applications pertaining to these themes will be given special consideration.

  • 70th anniversary of the founding of the Swedish Pioneer Historical Society (SPHS)
    SPHS was an outgrowth of the Swedish Pioneer Centennial celebration marking the arrival of the first Swedish pioneers in the Midwest. 20,000 people met in Chicago in June 1948 to hear President Truman, Prince Bertil of Sweden, Carl Sandburg and representatives of Swedish-American organizations. SPHS changed its name to the Swedish-American Historical Society (SAHS) in 1983. SAHS is a Founding Member of Swedish Council of America.
  • 100th anniversary of Ingmar Bergman’s birth
    Bergman is known across the globe for his innovative movies and plays. His centennial anniversary will be widely marked in Sweden and world-wide through a variety of festivals, books, plays, etc.
  • 200th anniversary of the founding of the Bernadotte dynasty in Sweden
    It was on February 5, 1818 that Jean Baptiste Bernadotte succeeded Carl XIII to the throne and became Carl XIV Johan, King of Sweden and Norway. His son became Oscar I. The Bernadotte line leads to the present-day King Carl XVI Gustaf.
  • 175th anniversary of the founding of the Swedish public school system (Folkskolan)
    The high literacy among Swedish emigrants to North America set this group of immigrants apart and gave them not only a certain competitive advantage but also contributed to a wealth of searchable documentation for historical research.


4. Applications must either come from a current SCA Affiliate Member or be endorsed by a current SCA Affiliate Member. A list of SCA Affiliate Members is available on the SCA website. Special weight will be given to applications from or endorsed by long-time SCA Affiliate Members. If yours is a one-time first application, please form a partnership with a current local SCA Affiliate Member organization for endorsement and cooperation. It is not recommended that an organization join SCA just to apply for a grant.

5. Applicants must be defined as a charitable or fraternal organization by the US IRS Code or Canada Revenue. However, applications from Swedish organizations will be considered if representing a joint project with a North American SCA Affiliate Member partner. The North American partner will be considered the grant applicant and fiscal agent, regardless of which partner writes the application and which portion of the joint project is funded by the grant.

6. Applications are to be accompanied by a projected budget for the project that includes multiple sources of revenue and support, including projected, received or pledged income. SCA should not be viewed as the sole source of support for any project.

7. Applications must demonstrate how SCA will be recognized for its support. Acknowledgement of support from SCA must be clearly visible on all materials and products publicizing, accompanying, or documenting the project or produced as part of the project. SCA will provide logos and other images to facilitate this.

8. Grants will generally be made on a one-time basis only and will not exceed $5,000. Applicants are limited to one proposal per funding cycle.

9. SCA will consider providing seed money for starting a new festival. While SCA will not fund operating expenses for an established festival, it will consider projects intended to bring about a qualitative enhancement of a current festival through a meritorious new feature or concept.

10. SCA will consider providing seed money for starting language camps. While language camps generally receive one-time support only, special new projects within an established language camp will be considered.

11. Because of SCA’s desire to assure visible recognition of grant support, SCA will not consider any event or exhibition that reaches the public before March 15 of the year in which the grant is made. Projects occurring in the first months of the following year are eligible.

12. SCA Grants will NOT fund the following:

  • Identical or similar projects previously funded by SCA
    (Although activities benefitting children and youth are important insofar as they promote Swedish traditions, SCA does not award funds to cover a recurring activity (e.g., a Midsummer or Lucia celebration). The staff involved and the specifics of the activity may vary from year to year, but if the activity is essentially the same, it will not be funded. On the other hand, any new, enriching component—for example, a special visiting artist, instructor, performer or group, or a unique anniversary event associated with the recurring activity—would qualify for support. The applying organization should make clear what aspect of the recurring activity represents a new, enriching component.)
  • Physical plant improvements, equipment, endowments, operating budgets, or annual fund drives
  • Publication of personal or family histories, including self-publishing
  • Recurring profitable events
  • Events (banquets, balls, etc.) planned primarily to raise funds for other activities, whether Swedish or not
  • Academic/degree studies by individuals or academic scholarships for undergraduate or graduate education. (From a separate fund, SCA awards certain scholarships. See SCA website for information regarding SCA Scholarships.)
  • Projects that primarily consist of athletic or sports activities
  • Projects that primarily consist of religious or worship services
  • Projects that are essentially a forum for political advocacy. However, meritorious projects that are intended as a scholarly inquiry into political or social history will be considered.
  • Personnel salaries.