Cultural wellbeing subsidies for communities
Call for applications
29.09.2017 - 02.11.2017
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.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland requires that applicants familiarise themselves with the call for applications before filling in the application.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland awards special subsidies to communities such as associations, foundations, cooperatives and companies. Special subsidies are intended for legal communities only.
Cultural wellbeing subsidies are special subsides that are intended for cultural wellbeing projects that promote community spirit and everyday creative activities and environments, as well as to support occupational wellbeing by means of culture and art.
Multidisciplinary art refers to cross-disciplinary artistic activities that combine several different artforms and cannot be categorised under any single artform.
Purpose and amount
Special subsidies are intended for individual projects in different fields of the arts to be realised in 2018. 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, or if the subsidy is used to cover more than 80% of the project, the recipient may be asked to return the subsidy in full or in part. Previously awarded subsidies are listed under each art form separately.
The subsidised project should promote the availability and accessibility of art, as well as increase the use of art for promoting wellbeing. The activities should aim to become established as a permanent and structured operating model. The applicant should have a plan for realising the positive effects of art in the project, for example by supporting a salutary environment or occupational wellbeing, maintaining the functional capacity of long-term patients, or promoting wellbeing by means of art-based methods. The subsidy should be used to employ professional artists.
The recipient of the subsidy must appoint a project manager from within his or her organisation to serve as the contact person for artists. Activities for maintaining the working ability of artists, for example by means of supervision, mentoring or professional guidance, may be considered part of the self-financing portion.
The subsidy may be awarded to cover the following, for example:
- Artist salaries and material costs in art projects
- Organising artist mentoring in connection with art projects
- Artist-based occupational wellbeing projects
- Planning and implementing a salutary environment through the work of artists
- Organising events, seminars, courses, camps and workshops related to the positive effects of art on wellbeing
- For projects and cooperation that promote national and international health through art
Special subsidies are not awarded to cover the costs of a community’s regular operations (see Operational Subsidies).
This support is based on an overall assessment of applications. When evaluating applications, attention is paid to the following aspects. These criteria represent general guidelines.
Quality of the project:
- What is the commitment of the applicant and cooperation partners to activities that promote the positive effects of art on wellbeing?
- What is the standing of the community within its field of the arts?
- Does the project plan adequately describe the artistic basis of the project?
- 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 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 subsidy that has been applied for essential for carrying out the project?
- Does the project involve cooperation partners?
- 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: The community’s audited financial statements (signed) for the previous financial period (income statement and balance sheet)
- A summary of the applicant’s previous activities related to the positive effects of art on wellbeing
- 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.
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). The Arts Promotion Centre Finland monitors the use of subsidies and is entitled if necessary to review the finances and activities of the recipient. 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
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).
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.
Ulla Lassila, Special Advisor
tel. 0295 330 860