Grants for promoting cultural diversity
Call for applications
01.10.2021 - 10.11.2021
The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 on the last day of the application period.
Applications should be submitted online during the application period.
Applicants are required to familiarise themselves with the call for applications before filling in the application.
Grants are intended for professional artists or working groups formed by them. Private persons carrying on trade (“toiminimi”) may also apply.
Grant decisions are made by the National Council for Diversity in the Arts based on a proposal by a special advisor.
Purpose and amount
The purpose of grants for promoting 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 and hate speech.
These grants are intended for individual projects to be implemented in 2022-2023. Projects must begin within the first year.
The grant may be used to cover, for example:
- material costs
- production costs
- publication costs
- travel costs
- working costs.
The amount of the grant is no less than 2 500 euros.
If the project includes artistic work that is to be covered by the grant, indicate the amount of working time that is being applied for in months. The amount of the grant used to cover work can be calculated as 2000 euros/month.
Previously awarded grants are listed Arts Promotion Centre Finland website.
The awarding of 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
- What is the quality of the applicant’s previous artistic works?
- Are the artists involved in the project professionals?
- How noteworthy is the applicant in his/her field of the arts?
- Does the applicant have prior experience in promoting cultural diversity?
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 and other content?
- How does the project promote cultural diversity and combat racism?
- How does the project encourage an understanding of or discussion about cultural diversity?
- What is the impact of the project regionally, nationally or internationally?
- What kinds of ideas and operating models does the project offer?
- 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 and cultural diversity 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
- Taike 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 at the end of the grant period.
- Grant recipients may not transfer personal grant funds or those of a working group to the account of a company or community.
- Grants are awarded on condition that Parliament allocates the required appropriations in its annual State budget.
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: www.mela.fi.
What to include with your application
- Mandatory: CV of the artist or combined CV for the members of a working group.
- 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 4 MB.
Visual arts applicants should also include 1 to 5 images of their works in PDF format (maximum file size 4 MB), 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.
Attachments may not be sent by e-mail.
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.
How to apply
To log in you will need eBanking identifiers, a mobile certificate or an electronic ID card.
If you are unable to use our online services, please contact Taike’s customer service.
Notification of decision
All applicants will be notified of the decision in writing by the end of February. Applicants 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, remember to check also your junk mail folder. Applicants are responsible for checking their e-mail messages on the address supplied in the application.
Decisions made by Taike are public. For example, the media has the right to receive information about grant recipients. However, you may prohibit the publication of your name on the Taike website. If you give permission for publication on the website and have indicated your artist name in the application, it will be published together with your official name.