Grants and subsidies

Taike awards around 35 million euros a year in grants and subsidies for the promotion of the arts and culture.

Grants

Taike and its 20 arts councils and two separate boards award around 21.6 million euros a year in grants to professional artists. Artist grants account for approximately 11 million euros of the total amount.

Grants are awarded to individuals and working groups formed by them.

Subsidies

Taike awards almost 8 million euros a year in operational subsidies and special subsidies to more than 150 communities. Special subsidies account for approximately 2.7 million euros of the total amount.

Subsidies are awarded to registered and legal communities, such as associations, foundations, cooperatives, companies and municipalities.

Last modified: 31.07.2017

Subsidies for promoting the cultural activities of disability communities and the accessibility of culture

Call for applications

Application period:

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.

Log in and fill in the application online (user interface in Finnish)

Log in and fill in the application online (user interface in Swedish)

Instructions for using online services

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland requires that applicants familiarise themselves with the call for applications before filling in the application.

Intended recipients

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.

Purpose and amount

These subsidies are intended to support

  • The artistic and cultural activities of national disability associations and communities, as well as projects and activities that improve accessibility to culture. Priority shall be given to projects that create new kinds of operating models and/or are based on cooperation between disability organisations and communities. These subsidies may also be awarded for cooperation projects between disability communities and actors in the fields of art and culture.
  • Projects and activities that improve accessibility to art and culture, as well as research projects. Applicants can therefore also be various cultural actors, e.g. art and culture institutions and events. Priority shall be given to cooperation projects with a broad scope. These subsidies may also be awarded for carrying out accessibility reviews and compiling accessibility plans for art and culture institutions and other art and culture actors. Study projects may also be supported.
  • These subsidies are not intended for investments, equipment procurements or improvements to the accessibility of buildings. These subsidies are also not intended for writing, translating or publishing simplified language literature. For these purposes, funding can be applied for from the Finnish Centre for Easy to Read of the Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FAIDD).
  • These subsidies are not intended for recreational activities (e.g. excursions, parties).

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. Operational subsidies awarded by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland may cover a maximum of 80% 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.

Further information about accessibility is available from the following sources:

Decision-making criteria

This support is based on an overall assessment of applications. The criteria listed below represent general guidelines for evaluating applications.

Operational subsidies

Quality of operations and organisation:

  • How broad are the operations?
  • Are the operations professional organised?
  • How interesting are the operational plans and their objectives, and can they be achieved in the proposed way?
  • What kinds of new ideas and operating models do the operations offer?
  • Do the operations have local, regional, national or international significance?
  • Do the operations encourage a broader understanding of art/culture or promote debate about art/culture?
  • How networked are the operations?
  • How diverse, active and accessible are the operations?
  • Does the applicant have a strategy, vision or development plan for at least the next two years?

Financing and volume of operations:

  • Is the subsidy that has been applied for essential for carrying out operations?
  • Is the budget realistic and balanced? Is the amount of the subsidy that has been applied for suitable in terms of the scope of operations?
  • 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 (%)?
  • Are the operational plans realistic in terms of existing resources?
  • What is the volume of operations? What are the key figures for operations? (e.g. audience numbers, the number of performances, publishing activities, courses, etc.)

Special subsidies:

Quality of the project:

  • Are the applicant and possible cooperation partner/s committed to long-term work that promotes the accessibility of art and culture?
  • What expertise does the applicant possible cooperation partner/s have in accessibility?
  • What is the standing of the applicant/cooperation partner/s in the field of the arts and culture?
  • Is the project plan credible, are its objectives interesting, and can they be achieved in the proposed way?

Scope and impact of the project:

  • Does the project have local, regional, national or international significance?
  • Does the project encourage a broader understanding art/culture or promote debate about art/culture?
  • What kinds of new ideas and operating models does the project offer to the field of the arts and culture/artists/audiences?

Financing and implementation of the project:

  • Is the project plan, including its budget, realistic and feasible?
  • Is the subsidy that has been applied for essential for carrying out the project?
  • Does the project involve cooperation partners?
  • How have the community’s finances been managed in previous years?
  • Is the amount of the subsidy that has been applied for suitable in terms of the scope and theme of the project?
  • What share (%) does the subsidy represent of the total budget for the project?
  • Is the amount of the subsidy that has been applied for suitable in terms of the scope and theme of 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.

Additional terms and conditions

When awarding subsidies, other state subsidies awarded by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, its arts councils and the Ministry of Education and Culture, as well as other public funding, are taken into consideration. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award multiple subsidies for the same purpose.

Operational subsidies:

  • The activities of the community may not be based on profit-seeking.
  • 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.

Special subsidies:

  • 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.

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.

Download the application form to your computer

Applications should be submitted either electronically or on paper (not both).

Guidelines for applicants

Notification of decision

Applications and the activities of applicants are evaluated by civil servants. Decisions are taken by the Director of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision.

Information

Ulla Lassila, Special Advisor
tel. +358 295 330 860
ulla.lassila@taike.fi


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