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GLEN Network Grant

GLEN Network Grant

GLEN (Great Little European Network) connects the smallest countries of Europe through common networking and training programmes with the objective to contribute to designing more meaningful practices and more sustainable performing arts sectors in the concerned countries, interconnecting them and taking a prominent place on the international scene. The network aims to be an incubator for those who, while benefiting from a local anchorage, ambition to develop their practice internationally.

GLEN has been established in 2023 at the initiative of 8 organisations working in supporting the structuration and internationalisation of their national performing arts field: 

For its first year of existence, from September 2023 to June 2024, GLEN will implement three schemes of activities:

  • Networking events: in Riga from the 1st to the 4th of November and in Tartu in early May 2024
  • Critical friendships: peer matching across partner countries with other grantees or third professionals to provide mutual support and understanding of each other’s context
  • Webinars: addressing the specificities of producing and distributing in small countries and advising on how to develop internationally from there.

For whom

Independent performing artists living in Iceland

Application documents

The applicant provides the following information and documentation.  An application shall be submitted in English electronic application form. Link at the bottom of the page.

  • Name and Icelandic social security number
  • Artistic CV
  • A letter introducing the motivation to join a network and work with the partner countries,  stating how critical friendship could help the applicant’s work 
  • Brief presentation of the applicant's current projects.

Evaluation of applications

Applications will be reviewed and the grantee selected by the representatives of the partner organisations of GLEN. The decision is final.

Applications shall be submitted by 16 June 2023 at midnight Icelandic time.


  • Being at an early or middle stage of a career and taking first steps at the international level
  • Interest in taking part to the life of a network
  • Interest in working in with peers from the countries of GLEN

Grant amount

The grantee will receive a lump sum of 500 € to cover expenses in the frame of the critical friendship.

Travel, accommodation and per diem costs in the frame of the networking events will be covered by GLEN network.


  • Participation in the two networking events
  • Maintain a regular dialogue with the assigned critical friend
  • Follow GLEN webinars as much as possible
  • Submit a report at the end of the project
  • Include the names and logos of the GLEN funders on all project-related communication materials

The Project partners led by Kanuti Gildi SAAL received short-term network funding from the Nordic Culture Point to establish GLEN - Great Little European Network.