Subsidies for promoting cultural diversity and combating racism
Call for applications
29.09.2017 - 02.11.2017
The deadline for submitting applications is 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.
Applications for subsidies may be submitted online during the above application period. Click on the link below to access our online service (the service is available in Finnish and in Swedish only). To log in you will need a Katso ID.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland requires that applicants familiarise themselves with the call for applications before filling in the application.
These subsidies are intended for communities such as associations, foundations, cooperatives, municipal federations and companies. These subsidies are intended for legal communities only.
These subsidies are available to communities of immigrants and ethnic minorities to support their cultural activities, but also to other communities to support activities that promote cultural diversity and combat racism.
The objective of these subsidies is to promote inclusion and participation in culture, as well as intercultural dialogue.
Purpose and amount
These subsidies are intended:
- to support activities and projects that promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue
- to support the artistic activities and cultural projects of immigrants and ethnic minorities
- to support activities and projects that combat racism
- to promote the integration of immigrants by means of art and culture
- to foster the unique identities of cultural minorities
- to promote interaction between cultural minorities and the general population
These subsidies are not intended for general activities or projects that promote the integration of immigrants (such as Finnish language courses or employment schemes) or for practicing religion.
These subsidies may be granted either as operational subsidies or as special subsidies. Operational subsidies may be granted to cover a community’s basic operating costs or a specific area of operations. Special subsidies may be granted to support individual projects to be implemented during 2018. If the application is for a project or if the scale of the community’s operations is so small that operational subsidies are not applicable, it may be granted as a special subsidy. These subsidies are discretionary and are applied for and awarded for one year at a time each year individually.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award operational subsidies amounting to less than 10 000 euros, so smaller amounts are awarded as special subsidies. These subsidies may cover only a portion of the total funding of operations and not all expenses. Operational subsidies awarded by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland may cover a maximum of 70% of the total amount of approved costs. In addition, the amount of the subsidy combined with other public support may not exceed the total amount of approved costs.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award special subsidies amounting to less than 2000 euros. State subsidies may cover only a portion of the total funding of a project or operations and not all expenses. If the project generates a profit, the recipient may be asked to return the subsidy in full or in part.
Previously awarded subsidies (Subsidies for promoting multiculturalism and combating racism) are listed on the Arts Promotion Centre Finland website.
This support is based on an overall assessment of applications. The criteria listed below represent general guidelines for evaluating applications.
Quality and scope of operations and implementation:
- How well and to what extent do the operations/does the project promote cultural diversity and combat racism?
- Are the operations professional organized?
- How interesting is the operational plan/project plan and its objectives?
- Can the operational plan/project plan be achieved in the proposed way?
- What kinds of new ideas and operating models do the operations/does the project offer?
- Do the operations/does the project have local, regional, national or international significance?
- Do the operations/does the project encourage a broader understanding of culture or promote debate about culture?
- How networked are the operations?
- Does the applicant for the project subsidy have expertise or cooperation partners related to cultural diversity?
- How diverse, active and accessible are the operations?
- Does the applicant have a strategy, vision or development plan for the years ahead?
- What is the scope of the operations? What are the key figures? (e.g. events, courses, workshops, performances, participant numbers, publication activities, etc.)
- Is the subsidy that has been applied for essential for carrying out operations / the project?
- Is the budget realistic and balanced? Is the amount of the subsidy that has been applied for suitable in terms of the scope and nature of operations / project?
- How have the community’s finances been managed in previous years?
- What share (%) does the subsidy represent of the total budget in relation to the amount to be financed by the community itself (%)? What share (%) does the subsidy represent of the total budget for the project?
- Does the project already have confirmed financing? If not, how realistic are the other sources of income (risk management)?
In addition, regional and linguistic factors are also taken into account when evaluating applications, as well as the amount of funding that has been allocated. Consideration is also given to how the community promotes equality, including gender equality, and sustainable development.
Additional terms and conditions
- The community has been operating as a registered community for at least three years and carries out regular year-round operations.
- Subsidies for communities supported in previous years may be increased or decreased according to the community’s activities, comparisons to the applications submitted by other communities, or the amount of funding that has been allocated.
- The activities of the community may not be based on profit-seeking.
- Communities that organize visual arts exhibitions should aim to provide free-of-charge or inexpensive gallery fees for artists.
- If the community also has non-artistic or non-cultural activities, its finances for artistic or cultural activities (income and expenses) should be listed separately from other operations and financing.
- The subsidy must be used during the year in which it was awarded or no later than during the following year. New subsidies shall not be awarded if previously awarded subsidies have not been used.
- The recipient of the subsidy must submit written clarification and a financial statement of how the subsidy was used.
- When awarding subsidies, other state subsidies are taken into consideration. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award multiple subsidies for the same purpose.
What to include with your application
- Mandatory: The community’s audited financial statements (signed) for the previous financial period (annual report, income statement and balance sheet) and operating plan and budget for the forthcoming year.
- In addition, you may also include up to two attachments that are relevant to your application. The file names should describe the content.
- The maximum file size for each attachment is 4Mb.
Attachments may not be sent by e-mail. Applications and attachments will not be returned.
Grounds for not awarding a subsidy
- If the application arrives after the application deadline. Applications must be received by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland by 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.
- If the application is incomplete (if the required information has not be delivered to the Arts Promotion Centre Finland following a request for such information)
- If the applicant has not submitted written clarification of previously awarded subsidies before the given deadline.
- If the community already receives an operational subsidy from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
This subsidy is subject to the Act (657/2012) and statute (727/2012) on Taiteen edistämiskeskus (only in Finnish); Discretionary Government Transfers (688/2001); Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003)..
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland monitors the use of subsidies and is entitled if necessary to review the finances and activities of the recipient.
Submitting applications by post
Applications may also be submitted by printing out the application form, filling it in and sending it by post to the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Applications must be received by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland by 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.
Applications should be submitted either electronically or on paper (not both).
Notification of decision
Applications are evaluated by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland’s expert bodies, i.e. the national arts councils. Decisions are taken by the Director of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision.
Lea Halttunen, Special Advisor
tel. 0295 330 713
tel. 0295 330 700