Artist grants

Call for applications

Application period:

28.02.2020 - 31.03.2020
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 and application guidelines before filling in the application.

Intended recipients
Who makes the decision
Criteria to be used in decision-making
What to include with your application
Grounds for not awarding a grant
Notification of decision

Intended recipients

Five-year, three-year, one-year and half-year state artist grants to professional artists and critics in different fields of the arts. The amount and duration of these grants vary according to artform.

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland recommends that applications be submitted for only one artform. You can select the artform when filling in the application. If you are applying grant for the light and sound design of a theatre, you should select “Theatre” as the artform. Multidisciplinary art refers to professional artistic activities that combine different artforms in new and unusual ways – not established artforms, such as musical theatre.

Who makes the decision

Decisions are taken on the basis of recommendations by the national arts councils.


Artist grants are intended to support the work of professional artists. Artist grants are not awarded to support studies or thesis work related to vocational qualifications or higher or lower university degrees.

Grants are not available to applicants

  • who have received other or state working grants during the same year
  • who have received a supplementary State artist pension.


  • Artist grants may be awarded for a period of five years, three years, one year or half a year as of the start of the next calendar year
  • Half-year artist grants may begin in January or July. Unless otherwise notified by the grant recipient, the grant period shall begin in January.
  • The amount of each artist grant is 1 939,15 € per month.
  • The grant includes statutory pension and accident insurance issued by the Farmers' Social Insurance Institution Mela.
  • The grant is paid monthly.

Criteria to be used in decision-making

The arts councils review all applications. The criteria listed below represent general guidelines for evaluating applications and are applicable for all artforms. Factors that may influence the decision include the applicant’s prior artistic activities and the work plan covering the entire grant period.

Previous artistic merits of the applicant

  • Is the applicant a professional?
  • Does the applicant have prior evidence of artistic activities?
  • Is the applicant notable in his or her field of art?

The quality of the working plan

  • Is the artistic idea clear and strong on which the working plan is based?
  • Is the work persistent, well planned and feasible?
  • Does the plan involve professional development, new ideas or methods?

Additional terms and conditions

Obligations of grant recipients:

  • To take a leave of absence from his/her regular employment during the grant period, if the grant is one-year grant or longer. Paid employment during the half-year grant period is permitted
  • To submit after the grant period written clarification of how the grant funds were used
  • To take out pension and accident insurance. These insurance policies 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 (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 arrive 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 Artist Grant Act (734/1969) and the Artist Grants Decree (845/1969), 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 subsidies and is entitled if necessary to review the finances and activities of the recipient.

If the applicant does not have internet access, the applicant should contact Taike’s customer service.

Information about artists grants

Notification of decision

All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision by 31.8.2020. 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.


tel 0295 330 700






Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Hakaniemenranta 6, PL 1001
00531  Helsinki

Tel. +358 295 330 700

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