8.8 Synergies and partnerships
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Creative Schools (Skapande skola) is a cooperation programme between the Swedish Arts Council (Statens konstråd) and the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket), initiated by the government. The aim is to give children and young people the opportunity to be creative and to participate in cultural activities in school context. The Swedish Arts Council has the government task to annually allocate a grant. The grant is worth about SEK 180 million (18 million euros) per year and can be applied for by compulsory schools and pre-schools.
In 2020, about 89% of the Swedish municipalities received Creative School funding for the academic year 2019/2020. An evaluation of the Creative Schools programme from 2016 shows that all Swedish municipalities have applied for and been granted a Creative School grant, at least for one academic year over the past decade.What more, most municipalities and county councils/regions have stable or slightly positive development of allocating resources for culture. The evaluation could not find any signs for municipalities to have reduced their resources to culture for children and young people since the introduction of Creative Schools grant.