The grant scheme for buildings owned by municipalities and counties was transferred to KORO from Arts Council Norway in 1992. The aim of this scheme is to promote the initiation of art projects in relation to building ventures initiated by municipalities and counties.
The municipalities and counties commission the art projects, are the most important sources of funding, and are usually also the builders. Grants from KORO can be applied for on the basis of municipal and county funding, and KORO can support projects with up to one-third of the overall art budget. KORO is not involved in the art project to the same extent as with buildings owned by the government, and neither owns the works of art nor is responsible for their management. Nevertheless, KORO is not simply a funding body. Projects that receive funding from KORO must be carried out in accordance with KORO’s guidelines. An artistic consultant engaged by KORO is part of the artistic committee alongside representatives of the builder, the architect and the institution using the building.
In accordance with Reform ’97, primary and secondary schools have been prioritised. Important public buildings, municipal buildings, town halls and cultural centres have also been given high priority.
Permission to reproduce the artworks is obtained from the rights holders and BONO (Norwegian Visual Artists Copyright Society). The artworks are protected according to Norwegian and international copyright laws and may not be reproduced or made public in any way, analogue or digital, without permission from the rightsholder / BONO.