Special Subsidies for Children's Culture

Call for applications

Application period:

15.02.2018 - 19.03.2018
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 special subsidies for children’s culture to communities operating in region such as associations, foundations, cooperatives and companies. Special subsidies are intended for legal communities only.

Purpose and amount

State subsidies are awarded to cover the costs of implementing projects related to children’s and youth culture in 2018, such as events, exhibitions, performances, workshops, courses, publications, etc. It is considered an advantage if the project is implement in cooperation with a Children’s Cultural Centre. It is also an advantage if the project promotes the work opportunities of artists active in the field of children’s culture.

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award subsidies amounting to less than 2000 euros. Special subsidies may cover only a portion of the total funding of the project and not all expenses. If the project generates a profit, the recipient may be asked to return the subsidy in full or in part. Previously awarded subsidies are listed under each region separately.

Special subsidies are not awarded to cover the costs of a community’s regular operations (see Operational Subsidies).

Decision-making criteria

The decision is based on an overall evaluation of the applications. When evaluating applications, attention is paid to the following aspects. These criteria represent general guidelines.

Quality of the project:

  • Does the project have significance in terms of developing children’s culture?
  • What is the standing of the community within the field of children’s 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 culture or promote debate about children’s culture?
  • What kinds of new ideas and operating models does the project offer to the artform/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?
  • 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?
  • 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 and its arts councils, as well as by the Ministry of Education and Culture, are taken into consideration. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award multiple state subsidies for the same purpose.

Obligations of recipients of subsidies:

  • To use the subsidy 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.
  • To submit written clarification and a financial statement of how the subsidy was used.

What to include with your application

  • Mandatory: Signed and audited financial statements for the previous financial period (income statement and balance sheet)
  • In addition, you may also include up to two 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 2Mb), 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 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). TheArts 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 (available only in Finnish/Swedish).

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

Notification of decision

Applications and the activities of applicants are evaluated by an expert committee representing the regional arts councils. Decisions are taken by the Director of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision.


Special Advisor Ulla Lassila, ulla.lassila@taike.fi, 0295 330 860

Guidelines for applicants



Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Hakaniemenranta 6, PL 1001
00531  Helsinki

Tel. +358 295 330 700
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