Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 grants

Answers to questions regarding the latest call for applications for COVID-19 grants beginning on 4 February.

Who can apply for COVID-19 grants?

These working grants are intended for professional artists and other professionals in the culture and creative sectors whose work and livelihoods have been reduced or ceased altogether due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest COVID-19 grants are not available to the following:

Applicants who have been awarded a state artist grant for 2022 (including six-month state artist grants) 

Applicants who have been awarded another grant for 2022 for a period of at least one year

Applicants who have previously been awarded a supplementary state artist pension or who will receive a supplementary state artist pension as of 2022

Applicants who have a full-time monthly paid job (100% working hours) during the application period

Applicants who were awarded a COVID-19 grant in the most recent call for applications (deadline in December 2021)

Applicants who are full-time students during the application period and are eligible for student financial aid

Working groups

If you work as an entrepreneur, submit just one application: either as a private person (COVID-19 grants for artists and professionals in the culture and creative sectors) or as an entrepreneur (COVID-19 subsidies for private traders and sole proprietors in the art, culture and creative sectors).

How do I apply for a COVID-19 grant?

Start by reading carefully the call for applications before filling in an application. 

COVID-19 grants can be applied for using Taike’s online services.

Please note that on the last page of the application form, you should check the section “Annan suostumukseni hakemusta koskevien päätösten sähköiseen tiedoksiantoon” (I give my consent to the electronic notification of decisions concerning my application). Also, select from the dropdown menu whether you give your consent for the decision to be made public. The application cannot be submitted online until these choices have been made.

A working plan does not need to be included with your application. 

How much is each COVID-19 grant?

The amount of each grant is 4000–6000 euros. The amount for each working month corresponds to 2000 euros.

The amount shall be determined according to the number of applications received. All grant recipients shall be awarded the same amount. The grant is intended to cover artistic work and living costs during the period is 01.04. – 30.06.2022.

Can I work other jobs at the same time? 

If you have a full-time monthly paid job (100% working hours) during the application period, you are not eligible for a COVID-19 grant.
 
If you have a part-time job during the grant period, you are eligible for a COVID-19 grant.

Can I apply for a COVID-19 grant if I have received a positive decision during a previous call for applications?

Yes. The decision-making shall take into account any previous COVID-19 grants that have been received, any support that may have been awarded by other parties, the regional distribution of applicants, subgenres within artforms, equality and fair treatment. However, if you were awarded a COVID-19 grant in the most recent call for applications (deadline in December 2021), you will not be awarded a new COVID-19 grant during this call for applications.

What kinds of costs can be covered by COVID-19 grants?

These grants are intended to cover the applicant’s cost of living and can be used, for example, to maintain professional skills, to plan activities, for practicing, for artistic or creative work, or for activities that support these.

Do COVID-19 grants affect unemployment support? 

As a general rule, an unemployment allowance or labour market subsidy is not paid during the grant period. Grant recipients should check with the payer of such benefits (unemployment fund or Kela).

Frequently asked questions about the application form

Which artform should I select?

Select the artform in which you primarily work and to which the application applies. If the application is not suitable for any single artform, select multidisciplinary art.

Why does my application show 0 € as the amount I have applied for? 

The amount you have applied for on the application is ok, even if it shows 0 € as the amount.

What attachments should I include with my application? 

You do not need to include any attachments with your application. You may attach your CV if you prefer, but similar information is anyway requested on the application form.

Can I amend my application after the deadline? 

No, applications may not be amended after the application period.

Frequently asked questions about the decision 

When will I be notified about the decision?  

You will receive notification of the decision by 8 April 2022 at the latest. The grant decision will be delivered to you via our online services. You will be informed by e-mail when the decision can be accessed from our online services. 

When will the grant be paid into my account?

The grant will be paid in April 2022. 

Can the grant period be changed?

No. The period of time during which the grant must be used is 1 April – 30 June 2022, and this cannot be changed. However, you may select the working months within this period. The grant does not have to be used in a single uninterrupted period.

Use of the grant

You will be required to submit written clarification of how the grant was used. Receipts do not have to be included with the clarification.

The clarification must be submitted by 30 June 2022.

You can find the clarification form on our online services.

Can grants awarded by Taike be interrupted? 

Artist grants awarded for a period of one year or longer may be interrupted under certain conditions. Other Taike grants may not be interrupted.

Can grants awarded by Taike be garnished or distrained to secure the repayment of a debt in enforcement?

Yes, working grants can be garnished or distrained to secure the repayment of a debt in enforcement. For more information about the garnishment or distraint of a grant, please contact the National Enforcement Authority Finland or enforcement officer in charge. Taike itself does not decide on the garnishment or distraint of grants.

Last modified: 07.02.2022

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