About K-Stud (Christian Association for Adult Education in Norway)
Christian Association for Adult Education in Norway (hereafter referred to as “K-Stud”) is an educational co-operative body. We are working to promote and strengthen organised learning amongst adults in congregations, organisations and institutions. K-stud has 80 non-government member organisations and collaborating partners.
One of our main functions is to provide financial support to organised non-formal education for people aged 14 and up. The grants come from government funding. There are rules and regulations for how to apply for grants, and for the reporting after the organised education is completed, before receiving grants. K-stud acts in accordance to the laws of adult education in Norway.
Information, news, rules and regulations, overview of approved study materials and other study tips are available on our homepage at www.k-stud.no.
In order to apply for public grants, you must have a curriculum describing the course / study programme approved by K-stud, before you can start the organised education. On completion of the programme, please submit an application for a grant, together with an attendance list containing all of the participant’s names, postal codes and birth years.
Please find more information about the application process, and submit your applications on our digital grants portal found here:
Apply for grants from K-stud
Who can receive public grants from K-stud?
K-stud’s member organisations and their congregations, organisations and institutions (hereafter called “the unit”) have the opportunity to receive grants for organised adult education. In other words K-stud can award grants to all organised teaching concerning your study groups, bible groups, cell groups or similar, choirs, bands, corps, other song and music groups, courses, camps, confirmations or any other current educational activities – as long as you have a curriculum plan approved by K-stud.
The actual applicant is, nevertheless, `the unit´ and the unit’s name must be stated in the application.
The grant will be deposited directly into the unit’s bank account or to their activity branch / group’s bank account – as funding for the association’s educational activities. The bank account number must belong to either the central unit, congregation, organisation, group or association belonging to one of K-stud’s member organisations or our collaborating partners, and it can’t be a bank account used by a private person only.
How can the grants be used?
The public grants ought to be used for approved courses / educational programmes only. The grants should stimulate learning and can be used towards the cost of materials, refreshments, rental, teacher/instructor fees, administration and other relevant expenses. The term “rental” relates to the hiring of rented locations, or indirect rental whereby the grant goes to the congregation/organisation’s cash float as compensation for the use of their premises. The money can likewise be given to the congregation/organisation for any work carried out for course planning, materials, teaching or other study arrangements.
Study groups / bible groups / discussion groups can receive a kr. 75,- grant for each completed study hour.
Courses can receive a kr. 120,- grant for each completed course hour.
Song and music courses can receive a kr. 120,- grant for each completed course hour.
All approved courses will receive a minimum grant of kr. 1000,-.
K-stud reserve us the right to adjust the rates without further notice.
The curriculum must be preapproved. The curriculum must as a minimum contain:
• Learning goals
• The working and teaching methods
• Duration of the course, how many course hours
If you create your own curriculum, approval must be applied for prior to the course or group starting. Refer to the approved curriculum in the grant application.
When using approved study materials, standard curriculum or a study book, reference to the approval must be submitted when applying for a grant.
At least four participants are expected to take part in the organised education. In particular cases it’s not possible to have as many participants as four. In these cases please apply for an exception from the rule, and give the reasons for having less than four participants.
An eligible participant must meet the following requirements:
• Has an attendance of at least 75% of the organised education.
• Has turned a minimum of 14 years old before the end of the year in which the organised education takes place.
• Has supplied details of postal code and birth year on the attendance list.
Foreign participants and courses abroad
Courses arranged by an adult education association are open to anyone living in Norway. This also applies to those who have temporary residence such as asylum seekers and students.
Grants can be awarded to courses held abroad by Norwegian congregations or organisations.
These may include:
• an ordinary course where all or part of the course is held outside of Norway
• a study trip abroad
• courses organised by a local organisation abroad, belonging to or part of one of K-stud’s associated member organisations, e.g. Norwegian Church Abroad
The amount of course hours (study hours)
Approved courses require a minimum of four hours of teaching. One course hour is 60 minutes of organised education. Breaks of up to 15 minutes per hour are permitted. Breaks can be accumulated into one or more longer periods, but they may not be added on at the end of a session. As a rule, we do not award grants for more than 10 course hours per day. A reason must be laid out in the course plan / curriculum and/or the grant application for all hours exceeding this.
For comprehensive courses and study groups, where one has especially many sessions a week over a longer period of time, the following rules apply:
1. The courses are divided into modules each with its own course plan, for example once monthly or quarterly.
2. The provider must enclose a programme/plan for the implementation of the meeting.
3. Grants are given for a maximum of 3 hours per evening. The upper limit for evening courses is set at 400 hours each half year, or 65 hours per month.
4. The limit for daytime courses is set at a maximum of 5 hours a day. The upper limit for daytime courses is set at 700 hours per half year, or 115 hours monthly.
Examples of this kind of education are courses organised by immigrant congregations and substance abuse institutions, who hold meetings almost daily throughout the year.
The attendance list must be completely filled out with meeting dates, participant’s names, postal codes, birth years, and checked attendance.
Online sessions is restricted to a maximum of 50% of the course sessions in total. (This limitation does not apply in 2023). The courses must have live participation and possibilities for participants to interact.
Public announcement and course diploma
Courses that receive grants from K-stud are principally open for everyone to attend. However it is possible to limit course attendance to certain target groups.
All courses should be announced publicly, for instance on social media.
All course participants must be offered the possibility of receiving a course diploma. Course diplomas can be made in the Grants portal (Tilskuddsportalen).
The deadline for a grant application is 3 months after the course/group is completed. However, for courses/groups completed later than September the 30th, the deadline is January 15th the following year. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if grants are still available.
Inclusion grants (Tilretteleggingstilskudd)
Inclusion grants are supplements to the ordinary grants for courses, and they’re meant to cover documented expenses for the organiser. Inclusion is all about providing educational participation for all, regardless of bodily or other limitations. Extra expenses must be documented with original receipts or certified receipt copies.
How to use Tilskuddsportalen (Grants portal)
1. Log in to https://tilskudd.studieforbund.no/ using your Bank ID or other electronic identification.
2. The first time you log in to Tilskuddsportalen: Begin the application process by filling in data about yourself as the applicant, and the unit you belong to. You will receive an e-mail with a verification code that you must type in to proceed. If you later need to change this information, go to “Min profil”.
3. If you’re not using an already approved curriculum for your course or study group, you must receive a curriculum approval before the course can start. You can send an application for curriculum approval by clicking “Studieplaner” (or the hat in the menu), and then press the green button “Lag ny studieplan”. Fill out the form.
4. To start the grant application process, press the green Søk tilskudd-button (Apply), and then “Opprett ny søknad” (new application).
5. Fill out the form (“Søknadsskjema tilskudd”) with the required information. You will not be able to send the form if you haven’t provided sufficient information. Please remember that you need a list of the course participants and a complete attendance list to be able to send an application.
6. When the form is completed, you must click the button “Send inn skjema” to send the application form. You can’t send the application before the course is completed.
7. You may be required to present credible evidence confirming the details of your application. By submitting the application you confirm that the information provided is correct, and that the activity was conducted in accordance with the rules.
8. Confirmation that we have received your application will be sent to the submitted e-mail address.
9. Once we have approved the application, you will receive a confirmation of the grant’s amount. The grant will be deposited to the bank account.
10. Should anything be incorrect with the application, we will return it with notes explaining what is missing. Once you have made the necessary corrections, send it to us again.
11. All communication regarding applications will take place inside the grants portal.