Grants and subsidies

Taike awards around 40 million euros a year in grants and subsidies for the promotion of the arts and culture.


Taike and its 20 arts councils and two separate boards award around 20 million euros a year in grants to professional artists. Artist grants account for approximately 11 million euros of the total amount.

Grants are awarded to individuals and working groups formed by them.


Taike awards more than 8 million euros a year in operational subsidies and special subsidies to more than 150 communities. Special subsidies account for approximately 2.7 million euros of the total amount.

Subsidies are awarded to registered and legal communities, such as associations, foundations, cooperatives, companies and municipalities.

Last modified: 02.10.2019

Project Grants

Call for applications

Application period:

01.10.2019 - 14.11.2019
The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 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
Who decides
Decision-making criteria
If the applicant is a working group
Additional terms and conditions
What to include with your application
Grounds for not awarding a grant
Submitting applications by post
Notification of decision

Intended recipients

Project grants are intended for professional artists or working groups formed by them. Private persons carrying on trade (private traders) may also apply.

Note: You can apply for a project grant with one application only. Select the artform that your project most closely involves. If you are applying for a project grant for the lighting and sound design of a stage production, select theatre, circus art or dance depending on the nature of the project. If your project combines different artforms in such a way that established artforms no longer adequately describe the project, you should select multidisciplinary art.

Who decides

National arts councils serving as expert bodies of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland based on proposals by special advisors.


Project grants are intended for individual projects made by professional artists to be realised in 2020-2021. Projects must begin in the year that the grant is awarded.

Project grants may be used to cover, for example:

  • material costs
  • production costs
  • working costs

Please note that project grants for theatre may also be awarded as project grants for drama literature, for which separate funds are allocated. Project grants for drama literature are intended to support high-quality Finnish drama literature and the continuity of artistic work by playwrights. These grants are awarded on the basis of new working plans, so your application should include a new working plan for the year ahead. The working plan should clarify whether the applicant is working on his/her own time or as part of an employment relationship. Previously written or performed plays should be listed in the CV. If you like, you may include with your application a copy of one play that you have written. If a commissioning agreement or letter of intent has been made concerning the new play, information about this should be attached to the application.

Project grants are also available for covering the costs of producing photographic art books. The purpose of support for photographic art is to promote the publication of books in which photography is used as an individual form of art. Grant is not intended for the publication of exhibition catalogues or books in which photographs are used only as a visual element. The application should include an example of the book or part of it, or if applying electronically, a copy/sample of the book (max 4MB) in pdf format (see “What to include with your application” for more details).

Project grants are not awarded

  • for completing an undergraduate degree
  • for amateurs or hobby-based projects
  • for literature for non-fiction.

Arts councils do not award grants amounting to less than 2500 euros.

Previously awarded grants are listed Arts Promotion Centre Finland website.

Decision-making criteria

The awarding of project grants is based on a comparison and overall assessment of applications. When evaluating applications, the following three criteria and questions are used, not all of which need to be fulfilled. There is no weighting in the decision-making criteria. The regional distribution and language of applicants are taken into consideration, as is the amount of available funding. Equality and fair treatment are also taken into account. All grants are discretionary.

1. Previous artistic merits of the applicant 

  • Is the applicant a professional? Are the members of the working group professionals?
  • What is the quality of the applicant’s previous artistic works?
  • How noteworthy is the applicant in his/her field of the arts?

2. Quality and impact of the project                                                      

  • How interesting are the project plan and its objectives?
  • What is the quality of the project’s artistic content?
  • How does the project encourage an understanding of or discussion about art?
  • What is the impact of the project regionally, nationally or internationally?
  • What kinds of ideas and operating models does the project offer to the field of the arts, artists and audiences?
  • What kinds of cooperation partners does the project have?
  • How realistic is the project in terms of implementation?

3. Project financing

  • How realistic is the project’s budget?
  • How essential is the grant for implementing the project?
  • Is the amount that has been applied for in proportion to the contents and scope of the project?
  • Does the project have other financing? Has other funding been confirmed for the project?

If the applicant is a working group

  • The application should be made by the contact person for the working group. The names of the other members of the working group should be included in the application.
  • The contact person should include with the application a short description of the artistic activities of each member of the working group.
  • 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

  • The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award multiple state grants for the same purpose.
  • Grants awarded by other parties are taken into consideration when awarding grants.
  • Grant recipients must 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 for same purpose have not been used.
  • Grant recipients must submit written clarification of how the grant was used after the end of the grant period.
  • If the project includes artistic work that is covered by a grant, please notify the amount of working time you are applying for in months. The computational amount of the grant is 1700 euros/month.
  • Grants are awarded on condition that Parliament allocates the required appropriations in its annual State budget.
  • 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:

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.

Applications for grant for photographic art books should include an example of the book or part of it, or if applying electronically, a copy/sample of the book (max 4MB) in pdf format. You can send examples of books separately to the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, P.O. Box 1001, 00530 HELSINKI. Write “Photographic Art Book” on the envelope. Appendices and attachments must be submitted by 2 December 2019. Examples of books will not be returned, but they can be picked up from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland after the grant decision has been made.

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 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 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 grants 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

All applicants will be notified of the decision in writing by the end of February. You will be informed by e-mail when the decision can be accessed from our online services. If you do not receive the e-mail to your inbox, check also your junk mail folder. Applicants are responsible for checking their e-mail messages on the address supplied in the application. If you have submitted your application by post, the decision shall be posted to the address you supplied in your application.


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Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Hakaniemenranta 6, PL 1001
00531  Helsinki

Tel. +358 295 330 700

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