COVID-19 grants for artists

Call for applications

Application period:

30.11.2021 - 21.12.2021
The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 on the last day of the application period.

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) requires that applicants familiarise themselves with the call for applications and guidelines for applying before filling in the application. 

Intended recipients

These working grants are intended for professional artists to alleviate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 grants are intended to support the artistic work of the applicant.
A professional artist is one who creates, performs or interprets art as their primary or secondary occupation. A professional artist has an education in a specific field of the arts or otherwise acquired professional expertise in the arts.
This support is not available to applicants
  • who have been granted a state artist grant for 2022 
  • who have been granted other grant for 2022 awarded for a period of at least one year 
  • who have previously been awarded a supplementary state artist pension or who will receive a supplementary state artist pension as of 2022
  • who are full-time students, or
  • who have a full-time paid job (100% working hours) during the grant period.

Amount of support and terms

The amount of each grant is 12,000 euros, which is intended to support a single six-month period of work during the period 1.4.2022 – 31.12.2022.
The grant includes statutory pension and accident insurance issued by the Farmers' Social Insurance Institution Mela. The grant recipient is obligated to pay the statutory pension insurance contribution in accordance with the applicable Farmers’ Pensions Act (MYEL), which covers also grant recipients. The premium percentage rate is 13-25% of the total amount of the grant. The amount of the insurance premium is based on the recipient’s age and computational annual earnings, as stipulated in the insurance decision. Further information about premiums is available on the website of the Farmers’ Social Insurance Institution Mela.
As a general rule, an unemployment allowance or labour market subsidy is not paid during the grant period. Grant recipients should check with the payer of such benefits (unemployment fund or Kela).
Grants awarded for artistic activities are tax free. (Income Tax Act, Section 82).

Who evaluates and decides

A multisectoral panel of experts convened from Taike’s arts councils shall evaluate applications and the director shall make the final decisions based on a proposal by a special advisor. 

On what basis applications are evaluated

The awarding of these grants is based on an evaluation of individual applications, a comparison between applications and an overall assessment of applications. Two evaluation criteria are used to evaluate applications. 

Evaluation criteria:

1. Previous artistic merits of the applicant    

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

2. Working plan

  • How well-planned and feasible is the artistic work?
  • Does the working plan include professional development?
  • Does the working plan include interesting and new contents for the field of the arts in question?
Applications shall be compared with each other in the overall evaluation. The decision-making shall take into account any support that may have been awarded by other parties, the regional distribution of applicants, language, subgenres within artforms, equality and fair treatment. The amount of available funding shall also be taken into consideration. All grants are discretionary, i.e. there is no subjective right to them, even if all the criteria are fulfilled.

Additional terms and conditions

  • The period of time during which the grant must be used (1.4.2022 – 31.12.2022) cannot be changed.
  • The intended use of the grant as described by the applicant in the application is public information.
  • 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 the fourth supplementary State budget for 2021. 

Grounds for not awarding the support

  • If the application arrives after the application deadline. Applications must be received by Taike by 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.
  • If the application is incomplete and the required information has not been supplied before the end of the application period.
  • If the applicant has not submitted written clarification of support previously awarded by Taike before the given deadline.
Decisions are subject to the Act (657/2012) and statute (727/2012) on Taiteen edistämiskeskus (only in Finnish); the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers (688/2001); and the 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

What to include with your application

The artist’s CV is mandatory. 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 date 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.


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 shall receive written notification of the decision by 15 March 2022. 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.
Decisions made by Taike are public. For example, the media has the right to receive information about grant recipients. However, you may prohibit Taike from publishing details about the grant decision (your name, intended use of the grant, amount awarded, home municipality) 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.

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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