Grants for mobility

Call for applications

Application period:

01.09.2021 - 10.11.2021
The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 on the last day of the application period.

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

Application periods

The third application period in 2021 is for trips to be made starting from 1 September 2021 during the remainder of 2021 and the first half of 2022. Applications must always be submitted before undertaking trips to be covered by the grant.

The year is divided into three application periods so that applications received within each period can be processed together. The decisions will be made before the end of December 2021.

Intended recipients

Grants for mobility are intended for professional artists or working groups formed by them, as well as for experts in different fields of the arts, who are residents of Finland. These grants are intended for private individuals and not for communities. Private persons carrying on trade (private traders – toiminimi) may also apply. 


The objective of grants for mobility is to promote the international mobility and networking of artists and art experts living in Finland.

Who decides

Applications and the activities of applicants are evaluated by civil servants. Experts may be asked for their opinions. Decisions are taken by the Director of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland based on a proposal by a special advisor.


Grants for mobility are intended to cover the costs of trips abroad. These trips must be connected to projects that are significant artistically or in terms of a specific artform, and in connection with which the applicant shall either

  • appear or present his/her art outside of Finland
  • work at an artist residence
  • develop his or her own work
  • promote the working environment within the artform.

Grants for mobility may be used to cover the costs of trips abroad insofar as other funding is not available. If the project is cancelled due the exceptional situation caused by the corona virus after the grant has been awarded, the applicant must contact the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. In such cases, the grant may be used to promote the internationalisation of the applicant’s own artistic activities in other ways.

Acceptable costs include

  • travel tickets (using the least expensive form of public transport)
  • reasonable accommodation costs
  • artist residence costs
  • other direct travel costs
  • reasonable living costs (working costs)

Expenditure should be budgeted for at least the amount being applied for. Working costs may be included in the budget if you do not have any other working grant or artist pension during the trip. As a general rule, reasonable living costs mean working costs of no more than 1000 euros.

Grants for mobility may not be used to cover

  • material costs
  • production costs
  • freight charges
  • daily allowances
  • trips within or to Finland
  • familiarisation trips
  • competition trips
  • studies abroad leading to a degree

Applications must include the applicant’s working plan for the planned trip and a realistic estimate of travel costs. In addition, other possible funding for the trip and appearance fees must be stated in the application.

A separate application must be submitted for each trip/project.


Grants for mobility are generally awarded for the amounts of 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000 or 5000 euros. Grants awarded to working groups may be for larger amounts. Grants amounting to less than 1000 euros are generally not awarded.

Previously awarded grants are listed on the Taike website.

Decision-making criteria

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 

  • 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.

The working group refers only to those individuals who are undertaking the trip and not the entire working group of the project. Applications may not be submitted on behalf of another person; the contact person must be one of the persons undertaking the trip.

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.
  • Recipients of grants 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 the same purpose have not been used.
  • Recipients of grants 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, community or person outside the working group.

What to include with your application

  • Mandatory: CV of the artist or combined CV for the members of a working group
  • A copy of the invitation or confirmation from the foreign collaboration partner or confirmation of acceptance to an artist residence abroad
  • In addition, you may also include two more attachments or link to your web page that are relevant to your application. The file names should describe the content. The maximum file size for each attachment is 4Mb.

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.
  • Applications must be received by Taike before the start of the trip.
  • If the application is incomplete (if the required information has not be 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

Log in and fill in the application online (user interface in Finnish)

Log in and fill in the application online (user interface in Swedish)

To log in you will need eBanking identifiers, a mobile certificate or an electronic ID card.

Instructions for using online services

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

Guidelines for applicants

Notification of decision

All applicants will be notified of the decision in writing by the end of December. 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.

Further information

Customer Service t. +358 295 330 700,




Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Hakaniemenranta 6, PL 1001
00531  Helsinki

Tel. +358 295 330 700

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