Special sporting activities

Information of anti-doping work, grants for social inclusion in sports, grants for measures concerning groups with special needs and outdoor recreation for children and adolescents.

Anti-doping work

The Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NOC) created Anti-Doping Norway (ADN) on June 3, 2003 to ensure that control and prosecution in doping cases are organized independently of the NOC and the government.

The Ministry of Culture gives an annual grant to Anti-Doping Norway. The overall objective is to help maintain and develop Anti-Doping Norway as an independent control and enforcement agency for anti-doping work in organized sports. The grants contribute to Anti-Doping Norway being able to fight doping and promote an honest and doping-free sport through its activities.

Grants for social inclusion in sports

Several of Norway’s larger cities face special challenges related to recruiting children and young people to sports teams. Studies show that children and adolescents with an immigrant background, especially girls, are less likely to be a member of a sports club than their peers. This underlines the need for measures aimed specifically at this group.

The overall objective of the grant scheme is to facilitate the inclusion of new groups in organised team sports, by counteracting economic and cultural barriers that may preclude participation.

Grants must be used for measures targeting children (ages 6–12) and adolescents (ages 13–19) with an immigrant background, with a particular emphasis on girls, as well as children and young people from financially disadvantaged families.

Grants may be made for projects organised by sports clubs in high-priority neighbourhoods in Oslo, as well as municipalities bordering on Oslo in which a relatively large proportion of the population has an immigrant background. Grants may also be made to high-priority neighbourhoods in Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Drammen, Tromsø, Kristiansand, Fredrikstad, Sarpsborg, Haugesund, Bodø, Skien, Porsgrunn, Larvik, Sandefjord and Sandnes.

Supported measures must therefore promote the primary activities of the clubs.

The grant scheme is administered by the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF).

Grants for measures concerning groups with special needs

The Ministry of Culture has set aside annual funds for grants to special groups since the fifties. Today, NGOs, registered foundations and government agencies can apply for grants for initiating new sports and activity measures. In addition, the Ministry supports the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee's efforts to integrate disabled people in Norwegian sports.

Outdoor recreation for children and adolescents  

The Ministry of Culture’s role in outdoor recreation is to allocate grants for construction of facilities, for activities, and for projects run by outdoor activity organizations.

Outdoor recreations are connected to the government through the Ministry of Climate and Environment and the Norwegian Environment Agency. Outdoor recreation is one out of several areas in the environmental policy. When it comes to construction, it is possible to apply for grants for hiking trails, walking paths, overnight cabins and trail initiatives in the mountains. 

The grant scheme for outdoor programs for children and adolescents was established in 1993. The prerequisite for this subsidy has been that funds will be used for the implementation and execution of initiatives and projects that are intended to increase the range of recreational activities among children and adolescents.