Questions about applying
Can I apply for support from more than one place (e.g. from various foundations) for the same project?
Yes you can, but you have to specify this on your application.
What kind of cost estimate is sufficient?
The cost estimate should be as realistic as possible and included the anticipated income and expenses for your project. Overestimating the amount required can detract from the credibility of the project. A certain amount of self financing is also required. If it is a big project, you should apply for support from more than one place. State subsidies may be used to cover only part of the total funding of the activities or project and cannot cover the full sum unless there is a particular reason.
What makes for a good application?
A good application is concise and accurately describes the work plan or project idea. The cost estimate should be realistic and feasible. Applications must also comply with the requirements stipulated in the call for applications. A good application and the previous activities of the community will help convince the decision-maker that you are the right person to carry it out.
How can I make sure that my application arrives on time?
Electronic applications must be submitted by 4pm on the last day of the application period.
Applications on paper must arrive at Taike's head office or a regional office by 4pm on the last day of the application period.
You can check the deadline on the call for applications on the Taike website.
Why is the decision-making process so long?
Your application will be reviewed at a meeting of the relevant arts council by its elected members. A proposal is then submitted to the Director of Taike, who takes the final decision. Each year Taike receives around 14,000 applications, approximately 15 percent of which are applications by communities for subsidies. Decisions cannot be taken before the annual state budget is approved in January.
Why was my community not awarded a subsidy?
The quality of other applications received for the same subsidy will influence the decision.
Regional and linguistic factors are also taken into consideration, as is the amount of funds available to be awarded. Taike also consults its arts councils as part of the decision-making process.
Decisions are not explained on a case-by-case basis. Further information is available on the Taike website under What are the decisions based on. See in particular Criteria for special subsidies and Criteria for operational subsidies.
Will I receive a written reply to my application?
All applicants are informed of the decision in writing. If you have submitted your application electronically using our online services, you will be notified of the decision online. If you have submitted your application on paper, you will be notified by post.
If I submit my application on paper, is it enough that the application is postmarked on the last day?
No. Applications must actually arrive at Taike's head office or a regional office by 4pm on the last day of the application period.
Questions about clarifications
Is it possible to change the intended use or period when the subsidy is used?
If you would like to make changes, you must first submit a request to do so. If you have submitted your application electronically using our online services, submit your request electronically. If you have submitted your application on paper by post, submit your request by post or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What to include in your request:
- Grounds for requesting a change
- Your new plan or schedule
- Revised budget
- Whether the change in schedule refers to the period when subsidy is used, the date when clarification will be submitted, or both.
Submit your request as early as possible and no later than 31 October during the year in which the subsidy is used.
Can I make tax-free payments to individuals from subsidy awarded to an association?
No. Subsidies cannot be used to compensate others. Payments to individuals are subject to withholding taxes and social security payments.
Can I submit our annual report after the clarification deadline?
All information and appendices that are required with the clarification must be submitted together with the clarification by the deadline. However, you may apply for an extension for information and appendices that are not yet available.
What do I do if I have not used the entire amount of the subsidy?
Any part of a subsidy that is not used must be returned to the account of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. However, if the amount is less than 10 euros, it does not have to be returned.
I am making procurements using funds from a subsidy awarded to my community. Is it necessary to invite tenders for these procurements?
If your community is subject to the Act on Public Contracts (348/2007, Section 6: Contracting Authorities), tenders must be invited for all procurements amounting to more than 60,000 euros.