The Alvar Appeltofft Memorial Foundation (SAAM) is a non-profit organization, best known in Swedish fandom for the grant we award yearly to commemorate the legendary science fiction fan Alvar Appeltofft, who died in 1976. The Alvar award, as it is commonly known, is generally viewed as the most important award in Swedish fandom and consists of a piece of art and a sum of money (currently SEK 2,100; at the time of writing about 225 euros).
We award the grant on grounds of "extensive and important idealistic work of lasting worth to Swedish science fiction fandom," and the recipient is elected annually in an advisory general vote in Swedish SF fandom. The grant for 2015 will be awarded in 2016, at the national convention, Swecon 2016 in Stockholm.
We are happy to award grants to fannish projects which we believe will have a lasting, positive impact on Swedish fandom. We have also hosted a large fanzine collection. However, this collection has found a new home in the Royal Library in Stockholm.
For a list of winners over the years, see the Minnespris page.
Presiding committee 2016:Johan Anglemark, chair
Carolina Gómez Lagerlöf, vicechair
Michael Pargman, treasurer
Eva Norman, secretary
On December 31, 2015 we were good for 980 555 Swedish kronor; approximately 105,000 euros.