COVID-19 grants for artists and and cultural professionals and state subsidies for private traders in the arts and culture sectors

Call for applications

Application period:

29.03.2021 - 15.04.2021
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 before filling in the application. 

Intended recipients

These COVID-19 grants and subsidies are intended for professional artists and professionals in the culture sector, as well as private traders (toiminimi) working in the arts and culture sectors, who are suffering from a lack of earnings opportunities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Professional groups in the arts and culture sectors that are not generally Taike customers may also apply.
This support may be applied for as a private person or private trader (toiminimi). Other companies, associations, municipalities, joint municipal authorities, cooperatives and foundations may not apply. All grants and subsidies are discretionary.
This support is not available to applicants
  • who are working during the same period on a state artist grant or other working grant awarded by Taike for a period of at least four months 
  • who have received a supplementary state artist pension.

Who evaluates and decides

A 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. 

Amount of support

The amount of each grant for private persons is 4000 euros. The amount of each state subsidy for private traders is either 4000 or 8000 euros. A larger amount of support may be awarded if the project also employs others. The support must be used during the period 1.6. – 31.8.2021. 


COVID-19 grants for private persons are intended to provide short-term support for the working conditions and professional employment of applicants who have lost work orders or have been prevented from practicing their profession due to the coronavirus pandemic. The support is intended for the applicants’ own work. Applicants may use the support for their artistic work, for practicing or maintaining their professional skills, for preparing or releasing a publication, for planning future work, for marketing and developing a production, and other similar purposes. Grants awarded to private persons are tax free. 
Grants awarded to private persons are intended to cover two months of work during the grant period, 1.6-31.8.2021. Other paid employment during the grant period is permitted. 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). 
State subsidies for private traders (toiminimi) are intended to cover the operating costs of applicants who have been prevented from practicing their profession or whose activities have been hampered due to the coronavirus pandemic. Applicants may use the support for the artistic work or for practicing or maintaining the professional skills of self-employed persons, for preparing or releasing a publication, for planning future work, for marketing and developing a production, and for other costs generated by operations. Support awarded to private traders is taxable income. 

On what basis applications are evaluated

The awarding of support is based on an evaluation of individual applications, a comparison between applications and an overall assessment of applications. Three evaluation criteria are used to evaluate applications. There is no weighting in the criteria. 

Evaluation criteria

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/activities?
2. Plan for how the support will be used
- What kind of work/activities will the support be used for?
- How will the support help the recipient cope with the situation?
3.  Impact of the coronavirus pandemic on work and earnings opportunities
- What effect has the coronavirus pandemic had on the applicant’s ability to practice their profession?
- What kind of financial losses has the coronavirus pandemic caused?
The overall evaluation of applications shall take into account any support that may have been awarded by other parties, the amount of available funding, the regional distribution of applicants, and equality and fair treatment (including subgenres and the native language of applicants).

Additional terms and conditions

  • The period of time during which the support must be used cannot be changed.
  • The intended use of the support as described by the applicant in the application is public information.
  • Recipients must submit written clarification of how the support was used after the end of the support period.
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 subsidies and is entitled if necessary to review the finances and activities of the recipient.

What to include with your application

Applications should not include attachments. However, 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.


Log in and fill in the application online (application period starts 29 March)
To log in you will need eBanking identifiers, a mobile certificate or an electronic ID card. Private traders should authenticate as private persons.
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 mid-June. 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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