COVID-19 grants for private individuals

Call for applications

Application period:

01.05.2020 - 15.05.2020
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

A total of 8.7 million euros has been allocated for these grants.

Intended recipients

The intended recipients include, for example, musicians, actors, dancers, visual artists, designers, writers, set designers, sound and light technicians, editors, makeup artists, stage comedians and illustrators.

These COVID-19 grants are intended for work situations that have changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The support may be awarded for completing productions that had already been started before the crisis, for planning and implementing new projects, and for maintaining the professional activities of applicants.

The amount of each COVID-19 grant is 3000 euros, and the grant must be used before 31 December 2020.

These grants are not available to applicants

  • who are working on a state artist grant or other working grant during the same period (including another COVID-19 grant already awarded by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland)
  • who have received a supplementary state artist pension.

When applying for a COVID-19 grant, applicants must declare whether they have applied for support for the same purpose from elsewhere.

Who evaluates and decides

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland’s team of experts shall evaluate applications and the director shall make the final decision based on a proposal by a special advisor. Other experts may also be consulted as needed.


The aim of the Ministry of Education and Culture is to maintain the working conditions of professionals in the creative industries and fields of the arts and culture despite the changes in work situations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The support is intended to secure the applicant’s working and operating conditions, as well as to ensure the continuation of activities as flexibly as possible once the state of emergency ends.

Evaluation of applications and criteria for awarding grants

This support is awarded in the form of a working grant. All grants are discretionary. The evaluation and comparison of applications is based on an overall assessment taking into consideration the following criteria for awarding grants:

1. Previous activities of the applicant in the field of the arts or culture

  • Is the applicant a professional?
  • What is the quality of the applicant’s previous artistic works?

2.  Income lost due to the coronavirus pandemic

  • What effect has the coronavirus pandemic had on the applicant’s work and earnings opportunities? For example: cancelled performances, exhibitions, concerts, gigs, tours, author visits or other lost earnings caused by the cancellation of artistic work, including a loss of sales and orders.

3. Plan for using the grant     

  • How big is the need for the grant and what is the plan for using the grant?
  • How clear and well-founded is the plan for using the grant?

Terms and conditions for awarding and using the grant

  • Grants awarded by other parties for the same purpose are taken into consideration when awarding grants.
  • If the applicant has previously been awarded grants by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, written clarification of how these grants were used must have been submitted before the given deadline.
  • Applications that arrive after the application deadline shall be rejected. Applications must be received by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland by 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.
  • Grants may be used only for the purpose for which they were awarded.
  • Grant recipients must submit written clarification of how the grant was used after the end of the grant period.

Grant decisions are 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 subsidies and is entitled if necessary to review the finances and activities of the recipient.

What to include with your application

Visual arts applicants may include 1 to 5 images of their works in pdf format (maximum file size 4 Mb), including details about the name, technique, size and year of each work. Files containing videos or other moving images may not be sent as attachments.

Attachments may not be sent by e-mail. Applications and attachments will not be returned.

Notification of decision

All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision by 12 June 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.

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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