Artist grants

Call for applications

Application period:

01.03.2018 - 09.04.2018
The deadline for submitting applications is 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.

Grant application during the above application period may be submitted online. Click on the link below to access the online service (the service is available in Finnish and in Swedish only). To log in you will require eBanking identifiers, a mobile certificate or an electronic ID card.

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 and application guidelines before filling in the application.

Intended recipients
Criteria to be used in decision-making
Submitting applications by post
Notification of decision

Intended recipients

Five-year, three-year, one-year and half-year artist grants to professional artists and art journalists in different fields of the arts. The amount and duration of these grants vary according to artform.In addition, in the fields of dance and literature, two ten-year artist grants are available to artists of exceptionally high merit. These may also be awarded as five-year grants. Recipients of these special grants are entitled to use the title of Artist Professor (”Taiteilijaprofessori”) during the grant period.

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland recommends that applications be submitted for only one artform. You can select the artform when filling in the application. If you are applying grant for the light and sound design of a theatre, you should select “Theatre” as the artform. Multidisciplinary art refers to cross-disciplinary artistic activities that combine several different artforms and cannot be categorised under any single artform.


Artist grants are intended to support the work of professional artists. Artist grants are not awarded to support studies or thesis work related to vocational qualifications or higher or lower university degrees.

Grants are not available to applicants

  • who have received other state working grants during the same year
  • who have received a supplementary State artist pension.


  • Artist grants may be awarded for a period of five years, three years, one year or half a year as of the start of the next calendar year.
  • In addition, in the fields of dance and literature, two ten-year artist grants are available to artists of exceptionally high merit. These may also be awarded as five-year grants.
  • Half-year artist grants may begin in January or July. Unless otherwise notified by the grant recipient, the grant period shall begin in January.
  • The amount of each artist grant is €1 709,37 per month
  • The grant includes statutory pension and accident insurance issued by the Farmers' Social Insurance Institution Mela.
  • The grant is paid monthly.

Criteria to be used in decision-making

The arts councils review all applications. The criteria listed below represent general guidelines for evaluating applications and are applicable for all artforms. Factors that may influence the decision include the applicant’s prior artistic activities and the work plan covering the entire grant period.

The quality of the artistic activity

  • How notable is the applicant in his or her field of art?
  • Does the work plan give a sufficient clarification of the applicant's artistic point of departure?
  • 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 working plan is based?
  • What artistic challenges or professional development does the artistic activity involve?
  • Does the plan involve new ideas or methods or risk-taking?

The scope and impact of artistic activity

  • Is the artistic work locally, regionally, nationally or internationally significant?
  • Does the work encourage a wider understanding of art or promote debate about art?
  • Is the work well planned and feasible?

Additional terms and conditions

Obligations of grant recipients:

  • To take a leave of absence from his/her regular employment during the grant period
  • To submit after the grant period written clarification of how the grant funds were used
  • To take out pension and accident insurance. These insurance policies must be applied for within three months of the start of the grant period. Applications should be submitted to the Farmers' Social Insurance Institution Mela. Further information:

What to include with your application

  • Mandatory: CV of the artist (pdf|doc|docx format for electronic applications).
  • In addition, you may also include two more 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

Visual arts applicants should also include 1 to 5 images of their works in pdf format (maximum file size 4Mb), including details about the name, technique, size and date of each work. Files containing videos or other moving images may not be sent as attachments. Instead, we recommend that artists include a link to their own websites on their applications.

Grounds for not awarding a grant

  • If the application arrives after the application deadline – applications must arrive 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 grants before the given deadline.

This subsidy is subject to the Artist Grant Act (734/1969) and the Artist Grants Decree (845/1969), 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

Grant applications can also be submitted by printing out the application form, filling it in and sending it by post to the Arts Promotion Centre Finland’s head office or a regional office. Applications must arrive by 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.

Download the application form to your computer (in Finnish or Swedish)

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

Information about artists grants

Notification of decision

Decisions for awarding artist grants are made by the national arts councils. All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision.


tel 0295 330 700

Guidelines for artists to apply for a grant



Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Hakaniemenranta 6, PL 1001
00531  Helsinki

Tel. +358 295 330 700

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