Information about special subsidies for cultural activities in sparsely populated rural areas
These subsidies are intended for registered communities, such as municipalities, foundations, associations, cooperatives and companies. Unregistered communities and private traders are not eligible for special subsidies.
These subsidies support cultural activities in sparsely populated rural areas. The definition of sparsely populated rural areas is based on the spatial data-based urban-rural classification maintained by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). In principle, these areas are located far from large population centres and have dispersed small settlements that are located at a distance from each other. The classification of different regions can be viewed here.
Applications and the operations of applicants are evaluated by Taike’s experts. Decisions are taken by the Director of Taike based on a proposal by a Special Advisor.
These subsidies are intended for the following types of projects:
- Art and culture projects in sparsely populated rural areas.
- Art and culture projects that promote the inclusion and participation of those living in sparsely populated rural areas and that take into consideration local conditions and starting points.
The project should focus primarily on the sparsely populated rural area, and its beneficiaries should be within the sparsely populated rural area.
The subsidy may be awarded for the following purposes:
- Employing artists
- Strengthening accessibility and participation for arts and culture services
- Environmental and public art
- Community art projects
- Developing artist-in-residence programmes
- Developing art and culture events
- Developing cultural tourism and routes
- Intangible cultural heritage sites
- Investments/projects that improve accessibility to art and culture
- Cultural cooperation projects between municipalities.
The minimum amount of each subsidy is 10,000 euros. Subsidies are not awarded to cover the costs of a community’s regular operations. Special subsidies may be awarded if considered necessary taking into consideration the applicant’s other state support, as well as an evaluation of the applicant’s operations. These subsidies are discretionary.