Call for applications
01.10.2018 - 31.10.2018
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.
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 operational subsidies to communities such as associations, cooperatives and companies. Operational subsidies are intended for legal communities only. Organisations run by municipalities and foundations may also apply. However, unregistered communities and private persons carrying on trade are not eligible for these subsidies, as they do not constitute legal entities. These subsidies are intended to support the projects or operations of professional artists and not recreational activities.
The objective of festival subsidies is to improve
- the conditions for performing creative work, as well as the diversity of production and distribution forms
- the inclusion and participation of citizens culture
- regional accessibility to art and culture
Festival subsidies awarded by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland are intended for art and cultural festivals and events that are organised throughout Finland on an annual or regular basis and that are significant in terms of promoting different artforms, inclusion and participation, and cultural diversity.
These subsidies may be awarded to festivals that
- are organised regularly in Finland
- arewell established (organised at least 3 times in the past)
- are professionally organised
- have a programme based on culture and the arts
- have a high-quality programme
- have a programme that is open to the general public
- are signifcant within their own field of the arts and promote the development of their own field of the arts
- are significant nationally or regionally.
A festival is a communal event that is organised regularly at a specific time and place that comprises an open programme based on culture and the arts.
Communities that receive an operational subsidy from the Ministry of Education and Culture or the Arts Promotion Centre Finland are not eligible to receive a festival subsidy; instead, they should apply for support for organising a festival as part of their operational subsidy. State-subsidised agencies are an exception to this.
One-off, new or local events are not eligible for festival subsidies; instead, they should apply for special subsidies within the relevant artform.
Operational subsidy or special subsidy
Festival subsidies may be applied for and awarded in the form of either an operational subsidy or a special subsidy.
Operational subsidies may be awarded support the operations or part of the operations of a community. Special subsidies are awarded for individual projects to be realised in 2019, such as development projects.
Subsidies are discretionary and are applied for and awarded for one year at a time each year individually.
These subsidies may be awarded if considered necessary taking into consideration the applicant’s other state support, as well as the quality and scope of the applicant’s operations. State subsidies may cover only a portion of the total funding of a project or operations and not all expenses.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award operational subsidies amounting to less than 10,000 euros, so smaller amounts are awarded as special subsidies. Operational subsidies awarded by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland may cover a maximum of 80% of the total amount of approved costs. In addition, the amount of the subsidy combined with other state support may not exceed the total amount of approved costs (100%).
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award special subsidies amounting to less than 2000 euros. If the project generates a profit, the recipient may be asked to return the subsidy in full or in part.
Previously awarded grants are listed Arts Promotion Centre Finland website.
This support is based on an overall assessment of applications. The criteria listed below represent general guidelines for evaluating applications. Different criteria may apply for operational subsidies and special subsidies.
Quality and scope of operations and implementation:
- What is the standing of the community within its field of the arts?
- Are staff members professionals?
- How interesting is the operational plan / project and its objectives?
- Does the project plan adequately describe the artistic basis of the project?
- Can the operational plan / project be achieved with the resources available?
- What kinds of new ideas and operating models do the operations / does the project offer to the artform/artists/audiences?
- Do the operations / does the project have local, regional, national or international significance?
- Do the operations / does the project encourage a broader understanding art or promote debate about art?
- How networked are the operations? Does the project have cooperation partners?
- How diverse, active and accessible are the operations?
- Does the community have a strategy, vision or development plan for the years ahead?
- What is the scope of the operations? What are the key figures? (e.g. audience numbers, the number of performances, exhibition activities, workshops, etc.)
- Does the project influence the development of the artform?
- How the community promotes the conditions for performing creative work (e.g. wages paid to performing artists)
- Is the subsidy that has been applied for essential for carrying out operations / the project?
- Is the budget realistic and balanced? Is the amount of the subsidy that has been applied for suitable in terms of the scope and nature of the operations / project?
- How have the community’s finances been managed in previous years?
- What share (%) does the subsidy represent of the total budget in relation to the amount to be financed by the community itself (%)?
- What share (%) does the subsidy represent of the total budget in relation to the amount to be financed by the community itself (%)? 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. Consideration is also given to how the community promotes equality, including gender equality, and sustainable development. What does sustainable development refer to on the call for applications? What do non-discrimination and equality refer to on the call for applications?
When calculating the number of performances and audience numbers, please refer to the guidelines published by Finland Festivals ry in order to obtain comparable data.
Additional terms and conditions
- The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award multiple state subsidies for the same purpose.
- Subsidies awarded by other parties are taken into consideration when awarding subsidies.
- Subsidies for communities supported in previous years may be increased or decreased according to the community’s activities, comparisons to the applications submitted by other communities, or the amount of funding that has been allocated.
- The activities of the community may not be based on profit-seeking.
- Special subsidy must be used during the year in which it was awarded. New subsidies shall not be awarded if previously awarded subsidies for the same purpose have not been used.
- The recipient of the subsidy must submit written clarification and a financial statement of how the subsidy was used.
- Subsidies are awarded on condition that Parliament allocates the required appropriations in its annual State budget.
What to include with your application
- Mandatory: The community’s audited financial statements (signed) for the previous financial period (annual report, income statement and balance sheet) and operating plan and budget for the forthcoming year
- Two other attachment that is relevant to the application may be include. The file name should describe its content. The maximum file size for each attachment is 4 Mb.
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 been 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.
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 the Arts Promotion Centre Finland’s expert bodies, i.e. the national arts council. Other experts may also be invited to give their opinions. Decisions are taken by the Director of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision.