Grants for promoting cultural diversity

Call for applications

Application period:

01.10.2018 - 15.11.2018
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 cultural diversity are intended for artists and working groups. Private persons carrying on trade (private traders) may also apply.

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 other cultural 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 2019-2020. Projects must begin, however, in the year that the grant is awarded. 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 Diversity in the Arts reviews all applications When evaluating applications, attention is paid to the following aspects. These criteria represent general guidelines.

Quality and impact 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 interesting, and can they be achieved in the proposed way?

• How well does the project promote cultural diversity and combat racism?

• 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 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Download the application form to your computer

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.


special advisor Lea Halttunen, tel 0295 330 713,
tel 0295 330 700,




Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Hakaniemenranta 6, PL 1001
00531  Helsinki

Tel. +358 295 330 700

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