On this page, we will publish information consecutively.

Help and guidence from SiO Associations

All of us who work in SiO Associations have home offices, but we are logged on, and will respond to emails and phone calls. Get in touch with us at foreninger@sio.no. You can also send a message to our Facebook page

Events you have planned

We encourage you to pay attention to the advices given by The Norwegian Institute of Public Health, as well as advice from the government and the study institutions.
The institutions and county have in some cases chosen a stricter line that The Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and it is therefore important to check their policies, or get in touch with them if you have questions.

As a rule of thumb, if you are unsure about cancelling or not cancelling, cancelling (or postponing) is the better option. Many institutions forbid events that are not strictly important, even with few people, and this can be a good practice to follow.

Information from the largest learning institutions: 

Have you received money for events that are under planning or now have to be cancelled?

This is what The Welfare Council, Frifond and UiO’s Activity funding have publicized.

The Welfare Council’s Cultural Board

“To all associations who have received funding from the The Welfare Council’s Cultural Board in 2020.
As a consequence of the Corona outbreak many events can no longer be held as planned. We assume many of the associations who have been granted funds from Cultural Board will have to cancel some or many of their planned events. We will not demand a refund of the funds unless the association applied for project funds and the event will not be held at a later date. Associations who have been granted operational funds do not have to refund any funds to the Cultural Board.
In addition, we would like to inform that the next meeting in the Cultural Board has been cancelled. We work on finding an option for associations who are under time pressure to get funds.”

Facebook post posted on the 11th of March, translated


"Projects can be postponed. Get in touch with your caseworker to clarify this directly. If your project is cancelled, the caseworker must be notified by email as soon as possible. Frifond can cover all costs incurred before cancellation. These expenses must be documented with proper fiscal documents, so keep all your receipts and such even after the activity has been cancelled.

BUT remember to always clear changes to your case with a caseworker. Get in touch with us at hei@frifond or send an email to your caseworker if you have questions regarding your project. Remember to state your application number in the email.

See the article on Frifond's web page (in Norwegian) 

The University of Oslo’s Activity Funds

"Have you received funds, but have to cancel or make changes because of the Corona situation?
If you have been granted and paid funds, the following applies:

  • Already accrued expenses that are non-refundable etc is considered lost on our side and do not have to be refunded, but the associations are asked to report on the use of the funding as normal.
  • Associations who can move the events to a later date this or next semester can keep the funds, but the associations are asked to report on the use of the funds as normal.
  • If the event cannot be postponed and the funds are intact, the associations are asked to repay the funds. SiO Associations will arrange for this to happen.

Direct email to SiO associations on the 12th of March, translated

 Note: This spring's deadline for applying for funds from UiO has been postponed indefinitely. 


"OsloMet-potten will not recall funds that have already been given, but the associations are asked to report on the use of the funding as normal. It the granted funds are designated to a specific event, we encourage you to postpone the event if this is possible.

If an association wish to apply for funding in the spring of 2020, and they have not used the funds given at an earler date (due to the Covid-19 virus), we ask that this is made clear in the application. 

If you have any questions, get in touch with us at annebols@oslomet.no or Jannid@oslomet.no.

This spring's deadline for applying for funds remain the same: The 15th of April."