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.
The awarding of state subsidies for art and cultural festivals has been reorganised as of 2018 so that the decision-making authority for some of state subsidies for art and cultural festivals has been transferred from the Ministry of Education and Culture to the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. At the same time the decision-making criteria for application have been updated.
The Ministry of Education and Culture awards state subsidies
- for large-scale annual art and cultural festivals that have national and international significance, that have broad relevance in terms of cultural policy, that are important for the development of the festival sector and that have year-round operational resources.
- for national children’s cultural festivals.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland awards festival subsidies
- for art and cultural festivals that are organised on a regular basis, that have national or regional significance, and that are significant in terms of promoting different artforms, inclusion and participation, and cultural diversity.
The Finnish Film Foundation awards subsidies
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland awards operational subsidies to communities such as associations, foundations, cooperatives and companies. Operational subsidies are intended for legal communities only.
The objective of festival subsidies is to improve
- the conditions for performing creative work, as well as the diversity of production and distribution forms
- the inclusion and participation of citizens culture
- regional accessibility to art and culture
Purpose and amount
Festival subsidies awarded by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland are intended for art and cultural festivals and events that are organised throughout Finland on an annual or regular basis and that are significant in terms of promoting different artforms, inclusion and participation, and cultural diversity.
These subsidies may be awarded to festivals that
- are organised regularly in Finland
- are well established (organised at least 3 times in the past)
- are professionally organised
- have a programme based on culture and the arts
- have a high-quality programme
- have a programme that is open to the general public
- are signifcant within their own field of the arts and promote the development of their own field of the arts
- are significant nationally or regionally.
A festival is a communal event that is organised regularly at a specific time and place that comprises an open programme based on culture and the arts.
Communities that receive an operational subsidy from the Ministry of Education and Culture or the Arts Promotion Centre Finland are not eligible to receive a festival subsidy; instead, they should apply for support for organizing a festival as part of their operational subsidy. One-off, new or local events are not eligible for festival subsidies; instead, they should apply for special subsidies within the relavant art form.
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. 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.
Subsidies previously awarded by the Ministry of Education and Culture are listed on its website.
Operational subsidy or special subsidy
Festival subsidies may be applied for and awarded in the form of either an operational subsidy or a special subsidy.
Operational subsidies may be awarded support the operations or part of the operations of a community. Special subsidies are awarded for individual projects to be realised in 2018, such as development projects. If the application is project-based, or if the community’s operations are so limited that operational subsidies do not apply, then the support may be awarded in the form of a special subsidy.
This support is based on an overall assessment of applications. The criteria listed below represent general guidelines for evaluating applications. Different criteria may apply for operational subsidies and special subsidies.
Quality and scope of operations and implementation:
- What is the standing of the community within its field of the arts?
- Are staff members professionals?
- How interesting is the operational plan / project and its objectives?
- Does the project plan adequately describe the artistic basis of the project?
- Can the operational plan / project be achieved with the resources available?
- What kinds of new ideas and operating models do the operations / does the project offer to the artform/artists/audiences?
- Do the operations / does the project have local, regional, national or international significance?
- Do the operations / does the project encourage a broader understanding art or promote debate about art?
- How networked are the operations? Does the project have cooperation partners?
- How diverse, active and accessible are the operations?
- Does the community 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. audience numbers, the number of performances, exhibition activities, workshops, etc.)
- Does the project influence the development of the artform?
- 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 the 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 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.
When awarding festival subsidies, consideration is also given to how the community promotes
- sustainable development, especially environmental responsibility, see EcoCompass, see “The Finland we want by 2050 ─ Society's commitment to sustainable development” (pdf)
- accessibility and equality, see “Culture for All - Service Guidelines for Festival Organisers”
- the conditions for performing creative work (e.g. wages paid to performing artists)
When calculating the number of performances and audience numbers, please refer to the guidelines published by Finland Festivals ry in order to obtain comparable data.
Additional terms and conditions
- When awarding subsidies, other state subsidies awarded by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and its arts councils, as well as by the Ministry of Education and Culture, are taken into consideration. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award multiple state subsidies for the same purpose.
- The activities of the community may not be based on profit-seeking.
- 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.
- Special 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.
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
- Two other attachment that is relevant to the application may be include. The file name should describe its 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.
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. 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 and the activities of applicants are evaluated by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland’s expert bodies, i.e. the national arts councils. Other experts may also be invited to give their opinions. Decisions are taken by the Director of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision.
Kirsi Väkiparta, Special Advisor
tel. 0295 330 724
tel. 0295 330 700