Decision-making

The awarding of grants is decided by the following bodies:

  • National arts councils
  • Regional arts councils
  • Board for Grants and Subsidies to Writers and Translators
  • Board for Public Display Grants to Visual Artists

These decision-making bodies possess a wide range of expertise in the field of the arts, as the members of these bodies are art professionals and other experts. All decisions are made on the basis of recommendations that are presented by Taike’s special advisors (civil servants).

Grant decisions are based on peer reviews made by experts. A regular turnover of members and regional representation help ensure the pluralism of the decision-making process. Members of national and regional arts councils serve for terms of two years, while members of the two boards serve for terms of three years.

All Taike grants are discretionary.

Decisions on state artist grants are made between June and September. Decisions on other grants are made between February and May. Decisions about grants for mobility in the arts are made three times a year.

Appeal decision

Appeals must be made within 30 days of receiving notification of the decision, not including the day on which the notification was received.

Guidelines for the appeal will be sent to the applicant as an attachment of the decision.

You can send the appeal and related appendices as attachments. The maximum number of attachments is five and the maximum size for each attachment is 4 Mb.

Decision-making criteria

Artist grants and working grants

The arts councils evaluate each application for an artist or working grant according to the following guidelines. Factors that are taken into consideration include the previous artistic activities of the applicant and the work plan, which should cover the entire grant period.

Artistic merits:

  • How notable is the applicant in his/her field of the arts?
  • Does the work plan adequately describe the applicant’s artistic approach?
  • Is the applicant a professional?
  • How strongly is artistic integrity evident in the applicant's work?
  • How clear and strong is the artistic idea on which the work plan is based?
  • What artistic challenges or professional development does the artistic activity involve? 
  • Does the work plan involve new ideas, new methods or risk-taking?

Scope and impact:

  • Is the artistic work of local, regional, national or international significance?
  • Does the work encourage a broader understanding of art or promote debate about art?
  • Is the work well planned and feasible?

Regional and linguistic factors, as well as gender equality, are also taken into consideration.

Three- and five-year artist grants are awarded primarily to professional artists who have distinguished themselves within their field. One- and half-year grants are also awarded to young artists and those who are at the start of their artistic careers.

Five- and ten-year artist professor grants are awarded to artists of exceptionally high merit, who also receive the right to use the title Artist Professor.

Library and public display grants

The Board for Grants and Subsidies to Writers and Translators and the Board for Public Display Grants to Visual Artists evaluate each application for a library or public display grant. Factors that are taken into consideration include the previous artistic activities of the applicant, the work plan and other grants that the applicant may have received.

These grants are available to artists who reside or have resided permanently in Finland.

Regional and linguistic factors, as well as gender equality, are also taken into consideration.

Project grants for individuals and work groups

The arts councils evaluate each application for an artist or working grant according to the following guidelines.

Quality of the project

  • How clear and strong is the artistic idea on which the project is based?
  • How notable is the applicant in his/her field of the arts?
  • Does the work plan adequately describe the applicant’s artistic approach?
  • Is the project plan credible, are its objectives (artistically) interesting, and can they be achieved as proposed?

Impact of the project

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

Financing and implementation of the project

  • Is the project plan, including its budget, realistic and feasible?
  • Is the grant that has been applied for essential for carrying out the project?
  • Does the project involve cooperation partners?
  • Is the amount that has been applied for suitable in terms of the scope and theme of the project?
  • What share (%) does the grant 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)?

Regional and linguistic factors, as well as gender equality, are also taken into consideration.

Last modified: 05.07.2017

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