Grants for mobility

Call for applications

Application period:

29.08.2018 - 15.11.2018
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 before filling in the application.

Applications for grants for mobility are invited on a continuous basis. The year is divided into three application periods so that applications received within each period can be processed together. These application periods end in February, August and November. Applications submitted before the November deadline can be used to apply for trips at the end of the same year or the beginning of the next year. Applications submitted for earlier deadlines can be used to apply for trips undertaken during the same year. Applications must always be submitted before undertaking trips to be covered by the grant.

Intended recipients

The objective of grants for mobility are intended for professional artists or working groups formed by them, as well as for experts in different fields of the arts. Private persons carrying on trade (private traders) may also apply. These grants are intended for private individuals and not for communities.


The objective of grants for mobility is to promote the international mobility and networking of artists and art experts living in Finland.


Grants for mobility are intended for trips abroad. These trips must be connected to projects that are significant artistically or in terms of a specific artform and in connection with which the applicant shall appear or present his/her art outside of Finland. These grants may also be used for working at an artist residence, in which appearances or presentations are not required.

Grants for mobility may be used to cover the costs of trips abroad insofar as other funding is not available. Acceptable costs include:

  • travel tickets (using the least expensive form of public transport)
  • reasonable accommodation costs
  • working at an artist residence
  • other direct travel costs

Grants for mobility in the arts may not be used to cover

  • material costs
  • production costs
  • freight charges
  • daily allowances
  • trips within or to Finland
  • study or competition trips

Applications must include the applicant’s working plan for the planned trip and a realistic estimate of travel costs. In addition, other possible funding for the trip and appearance fees must be stated in the application.


Arts councils do not award grants for mobility amounting to less than 500 euros.

If awarded for covering work at an artist residence (€1700/month). Overlapping working grants are not awarded.

Previously awarded grants are listed on the Taike website.

Decision-making criteria

This decision is based on an overall assessment of applications. The art council reviews all applications. When evaluating applications, attention is paid to the following aspects. These criteria represent general guidelines.

Quality and impact 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 working plan adequately describe the applicant’s artistic approach?
  • Is the applicant a professional?
  • Is the project plan credible, are its objectives (artistically) interesting, and can they be achieved in the proposed way?
  • Does the project or artistic activity have local, regional, national or international significance?
  • Does the project or artistic activity encourage a broader understanding 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 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 have cooperation partners?
  • Is the amount of the grant 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)?

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. Attention is also paid to equality including gender equality.

If the applicant is a working group

  • The application should be made by the contact person for the working group. The names of the other members of the working group should be included in the application.
  • The contact person should include with the application a short description of the artistic activities of each member of the working group.
  • Each member of the working group is responsible for how the grant funds are spent and for providing clarification. The contact person for the working group is responsible for submitting the clarification by the deadline.

The working group refers only to those individuals who are undertaking the trip and not the entire working group of the project. Applications may not be submitted on behalf of another person; the contact person must be one of the persons undertaking the trip.

Additional terms and conditions

  • The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award multiple state grants for the same purpose.
  • Grants awarded by other parties are taken into consideration when awarding grants.
  • Recipients of grants must use the grant during the year in which it was awarded or no later than during the following year. New grants shall not be awarded if previously awarded grants for the same purpose have not been used.
  • Recipients of grants must submit written clarification of how the grant was used after the end of the grant period.
  • Grants are awarded on condition that Parliament allocates the required appropriations in its annual State budget.

Grant recipients may not transfer personal grant funds or those of a working group to the account of a company or community.

Grant recipients must take out pension and accident insurance if they use the grant money to work for at least 4 months in a row. The insurance obligation also applies to those working on a grant within a working group. The insurance 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: a copy of the invitation or confirmation from the foreign collaboration partner or confirmation of acceptance to an artist residence abroad
  • Mandatory: CV of the artist or combined CV for the members of a working group
  • 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 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 grants 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 grants 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).

Download the application form to your computer

Guidelines for applicants

Notification of decision

Decisions regarding grants for mobility in the arts are made by the National Art Council. All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision approximately two months after the end of the application period.


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