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

COVID-19 subsidies for private traders and sole proprietors in the art, cultural and creative sectors

Call for applications

Application period:

16.06.2021 - 30.06.2021
The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 on the last day of the application period.

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) requires that applicants familiarise themselves with the call for applications before filling in the application.

Intended recipients

These operating subsidies are intended for private traders and sole proprietors in the art, cultural and creative sectors whose work and livelihoods have been reduced or ceased altogether due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These subsidies may also be awarded to technical or production entrepreneurs within the creative industries ecosystem. These subsidies may be awarded to any form of company: private traders, limited partnerships, limited liability companies or cooperatives.

These subsidies are intended for the following types of self-employed entrepreneurs:

1) Private traders, also those with paid staff.

2) Sole proprietors regardless of company form. A sole proprietor is an economic operator who does not have paid staff at the time of application.

Other types of entrepreneurs and companies may apply for support from the Ministry of Education and Culture that is intended for the professional operations of legal communities, such as associations, foundations, cooperatives, limited liability companies, limited partnerships and general partnerships. The community must have paid staff and the community's operations must, as a general rule, involve professional cultural activities.

Applicants must have a valid Business ID.

Submit just one application: either as a private person (Taike’s COVID-19 grants for artists and professionals in the culture and creative sectors) or as an entrepreneur (this call for applications).


These subsidies are intended to cover the costs of the entrepreneur’s own operations or for the resumption of operations during 2021 in a situation where normal operations have been disrupted or prevented altogether due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When evaluating the need for support, any other forms of COVID-19 support that may have been awarded previously shall be taken into consideration.

These subsidies represent de minimis aid in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013. According to the EU regulation, a company may receive de minimis aid of up to EUR 200,000 during the current and the previous two tax years. The company itself must monitor the amount of de minimis aid received and declare it when applying for new aid, so that the total amount of de minimis aid awarded by different authorities does not exceed the maximum permissible aid during the current and the previous two tax years.

Amount of support and terms

The amount of each subsidy is 8000 or 12,000 euros, depending on the costs and scope of operations. The support may be used to cover costs generated in 2021. The support must be used by 31.12.2021. Subsidies awarded to private traders and sole proprietors are taxable income.

Who evaluates and decides

Taike’s experts shall evaluate applications and the director shall make the final decisions based on a proposal by a special advisor.

On what basis applications are evaluated and decisions made

The awarding of support is based on an evaluation of individual applications, a comparison between applications and an overall assessment of applications. Three evaluation criteria are used to evaluate applications.

Evaluation criteria:

1. Professionalism of the applicant

  • The applicant’s description of previous activities in the art, culture and creative sector ecosystem.

2. Plan for using the support

  • The applicant’s description of how the support will be used.

3. Reduction in work and income due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • The applicant’s clarification.

All three evaluation criteria must be met in order to be eligible for a subsidy. Applications shall be compared with each other in the overall evaluation. The decision-making shall take into account previous COVID-19 subsidies that have been received, any support that may have been awarded by other parties, the regional distribution of applicants, and the different arts sectors. The amount of available funding shall also be taken into consideration. All subsidies are discretionary, i.e. there is no subjective right to them, even if all the criteria are fulfilled.

Additional terms and conditions

  • The period of time during which the subsidy must be used (2021) cannot be changed.
  • The intended use of the subsidy as described by the applicant in the application is public information.
  • Recipients must submit written clarification of how the subsidy was used after the end of the subsidy period.

Grounds for not awarding the support

  • If the application arrives after the application deadline. Applications must be received by Taike by 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.
  • If the application is incomplete and the required information has not been supplied before the end of the application period.
  • If the applicant has not submitted written clarification of support previously awarded by Taike before the given deadline. The subsidy may not be awarded if the applicant has not submitted clarification of how any COVID-19 support received from the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2020 was used or requested an extension for supplying such clarification and attachments within the terms and conditions of the decision.

Decisions are subject to the Act (657/2012) and statute (727/2012) on Taiteen edistämiskeskus (only in Finnish); the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers (688/2001); and the 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.

How to apply 

What to include with your application

Attach the latest financial statements to the application. This is not required for private traders unless stipulated in Section 1a and 4b of the Accounting Act. Attachments may not be sent by e-mail. Applications and attachments will not be returned.


Log in and fill in the application online 

To log in you will need eBanking identifiers, a mobile certificate or an electronic ID card. Entrepreneurs require a Business ID to use Taike’s online services and can log in using e-identification. Select Act on behalf of a company as the identification method.

Instructions for using online services

If you are unable to use our online services, please contact Taike’s customer service.

Notification of decision

All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision by the end of August. 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.

Further information

t. 0295 330 700






Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Hakaniemenranta 6, PL 1001
00531  Helsinki

Tel. +358 295 330 700

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