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Grants for mobility

Grants are intended for professional artists or working groups formed by them, as well as for experts in different fields of the arts.

Application period: 09.03.2018 - 15.08.2018

Grants for promoting cultural diversity

Call for applications

Application period:

29.09.2017 - 15.11.2017
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.

Intended recipients

Grants for promoting multiculturalism are intended for artists and working groups.

Purpose and amount

The purpose of grants to promote cultural diversity is

  • to enhance the opportunities of artists with immigrant backgrounds or who belong to ethnic minorities to carry out artistic activities and to participate in Finnish art life on an equal basis
  • to support art and cultural projects in Finland that promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue and combat racism.

These grants are intended for individual projects to be implemented in 2018. Project grants may be used to cover working, material and production costs, for example. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award grants amounting to less than 1500 euros. Previously awarded grants are listed Arts Promotion Centre Finland website.

Decision-making criteria

This support is based on an overall assessment of applications. The National Council for Mobility and Diversity in the Arts reviews all applications The criteria listed below represent general guidelines for evaluating applications.

Quality of the project:

  • How clear and strong is the artistic idea on which the project is based?
  • Does the project include professional artists?
  • Is the project plan credible, are its objectives (artistically) interesting, and can they be achieved in the proposed way?
  • How well does the project promote cultural diversity and combat racism?

Scope and impact of the project:

  • Does the project have local, regional, national or international significance?
  • Does the project encourage a broader understanding or promote debate about cultural diversity?
  • What kinds of new ideas and operating models does the project offer?

Financing and implementation of 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 involve 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 be paid to equality including gender equality.

If the applicant is a working group

  • The application should be made in the name of the contact person for the working group but it should include the names of the other members.
  • A short description of the artistic or cultural diversity activities of each member of the working group should be included in the application.
  • 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.

Additional terms and conditions

When awarding grants, other grants awarded by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and its arts councils are taken into consideration. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award multiple state grants for the same purpose.

Obligations of grant recipients:

  • To 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 have not been used.
  • To submit written clarification of how the grant was used after the end of the grant period.

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: www.mela.fi

What to include with your application

  • Mandatory: CV of the artist or combined CV for the members of a working group (pdf|doc|docx format for electronic applications).
  • 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 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.

Download the application form to your computer

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

Guidelines for applicants

Notification of decision

Decisions for awarding grants are made by the national art council. All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision.


tel 0295 330 700

Lea Halttunen, Special Advisor
tel 0295 330 713


Subsidies for communities

Special Subsidies for Children's Culture

Subsidies are intended to communities operating in region for individual projects in children’s and youth culture.

Application period ended: 19.03.2018

Erityisavustukset kulttuurilehdille

Erityisavustukset kulttuurilehdille on tarkoitettu vahvistamaan kulttuurista moninaisuutta, tiedonvälityksen monipuolisuutta ja moniarvoisuutta yhteiskunnassa.

Application period ended: 02.11.2017

Artist-in-residence subsidies

Subsidies are intended for operating costs and development projects of international artist-in-residencies in Finland.

Application period ended: 02.11.2017

Cultural wellbeing subsidies for communities

Special subsidies are intended for projects that promote community spirit and everyday creative activities and environments, as well as to support occupational wellbeing by means of culture and art.

Application period ended: 02.11.2017

Festival Subsidies

Subsidies are intended for art and cultural festivals that have national or regional significance.

Application period ended: 02.11.2017

Operational Subsidies

Operational subsidies are intended to support the ongoing operations of communities in different fields of the arts, such as associations, foundations, co-operatives and companies.

Application period ended: 02.11.2017

Subsidies for promoting cultural diversity and combating racism

The subsidies are intended for communities. The objective of these subsidies is to promote inclusion and participation in culture, as well as intercultural dialogue.

Application period ended: 02.11.2017

Subsidies for promoting the cultural activities of disability communities and the accessibility of culture

Subsidies are intended to support the artistic and cultural activities of national disability organisations and communities.

Application period ended: 02.11.2017


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