Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 grants

Answers to questions regarding the latest call for applications for COVID-19 grants beginning on 30 November.

Who can apply for COVID-19 grants?

These working grants are intended for professional artists to alleviate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 grants are not awarded

  • To support full-time studies
  • To working groups
  • To private traders (toiminimi)

How do I apply for a COVID-19 grant?

Start by reading carefully the call for applications before filling in an application. You will need to include your CV and working plan with the application.

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

How much is each COVID-19 grant?

The amount of each grant is 12,000 euros, which is intended to support a single six-month period of work during the period 1.4.2022 – 31.12.2022.

The grant recipient is obligated to pay the statutory pension and accident insurance contribution in accordance with the applicable Farmers’ Pensions Act (MYEL), which covers also grant recipients. The premium percentage rate is 13-25% of the total amount of the grant, depending on the recipient’s age and computational annual earnings. Further information:

Can I work other jobs at the same time? 

If you have a full-time paid job (100% working hours) during the grant 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.

Can I apply for other Taike grants in 2022 if I apply now a COVID-19 grant?

Yes, you also have the chance to apply for other working grants from Taike. However, if you are awarded a COVID-19 grant, you cannot be awarded any of the following:

  • Library grants for writers and translators
  • Public display grants
  • Regional working grants

In addition, COVID-19 grants are not awarded to applicants who have been awarded an artist grant for 2022 (including a six-month artist grant).

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

These grants are intended to cover the applicant’s cost of living.

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 kind of working plan is required?

Describe briefly what you plan to do during the grant period. COVID-19 grants are awarded to support artistic work, so the working plan can include all the different elements of artistic work.

After the decision

When will the grant be paid into my account?

The grant will be paid in March 2022. 

Can the grant period be changed?

No. The period of time during which the grant must be used is 1.4. – 31.12.2022, and this cannot be changed. The grant must be used during a single six-month period within this time.

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 the end of December 2022.

If your working plan for using the grant changes, explain the changes in your clarification.

You can find the clarification form on our online services. 

Last modified: 30.11.2021


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