ARTS COUNCIL NORWAY was established in 1965 and is in charge of three principal tasks: - to administer the Norwegian Cultural Fund - to serve as an advisor for the central government and public sector on cultural affairs - to launch experimental cultural activities in areas which the Council considers to be of particular interest
Each year the Storting (Norway's Parliament) provides an overall allocation to the Cultural Fund. In 2006, the total allocation amounted to NOK 287 million.
Although the Council is formally administered and financed by the Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs, it retains a largely independent position. The Ministry is responsible for laying down general cultural policy guidelines and administering the operating funds granted to national and regional cultural institutions, while the Council takes decisions regarding allocation of support to artistic and cultural projects throughout the country.