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How we prevent corruption – the Arts Grants Committee’s anti-corruption guidelines

A central part of the Arts Grants Committee’s activities consists of preventing corruption, to ensure that we remain objective and unbiased in all that we do.

The anti-corruption rules are outlined in the Administrative Procedure Act and in the Committee’s anti-corruption guidelines. Their purpose is to identify various forms of conflicts of interest. Everyone is responsible for following the rules of the Administrative Procedure Act and the Committee’s anti-corruption guidelines. This means that our staff and consultants working for us must notify us of any relationships and contacts that may cause a conflict of interest in a matter.

Our guidelines are based on the Administrative Procedure Act and apply to all staff and all board members and all team members processing and awarding grants and residencies. The Swedish Arts Grants Committee is constantly monitoring against corruption.

Grant applications are processed and awarded by separate teams made up of external members specialising in each respective artistic discipline. This guarantees quality in the processing of applications. It also means that the team members often have access to large networks in their particular discipline.

The anti-corruption guidelines address situations that may arise within the Committee, including through our specialists’ deep involvement in their respective disciplines. Conflicts of interest are usually reported in connection with the processing and awarding of grants, and it is important that the guidelines are transparent, clear and easy to apply.

Staff and team members are continuously informed of how to deal with conflicts of interest. Our board and grant application teams review the anti-corruption guidelines at least once a year. When the Committee receives a notification that a person is prevented by conflicts of interest from processing an application, this is mentioned in the decision.