Questions about applying

Questions about clarifications

Questions about applying

Can I apply for support from more than one place (e.g. from various foundations) for the same project?
Yes you can, but you have to specify this on your application.

What kind of cost estimate is sufficient?
The cost estimate should be as realistic as possible and included the anticipated income and expenses for your project. Overestimating the amount required can detract from the credibility of the project. A certain amount of self financing is also required. If it is a big project, you should apply for support from more than one place. State subsidies may be used to cover only part of the total funding of the activities or project and cannot cover the full sum unless there is a particular reason.

What makes for a good application?
A good application is concise and accurately describes the work plan or project idea. The cost estimate should be realistic and feasible. Applications must also comply with the requirements stipulated in the call for applications. A good application and the previous activities of the community will help convince the decision-maker that you are the right person to carry it out.

How can I make sure that my application arrives on time?
Applications must be submitted by 4pm on the last day of the application period.

You can check the deadline on the call for applications on the Taike website.

Why is the decision-making process so long?
Your application will be reviewed at a meeting of the relevant arts council by its elected members. A proposal is then submitted to the Director of Taike, who takes the final decision. Each year Taike receives around 14,000 applications, approximately 15 percent of which are applications by communities for subsidies. Decisions cannot be taken before the annual state budget is approved in January.

Why was my community not awarded a subsidy?
The quality of other applications received for the same subsidy will influence the decision.

Regional and linguistic factors are also taken into consideration, as is the amount of funds available to be awarded. Taike also consults its arts councils as part of the decision-making process.

Decisions are not explained on a case-by-case basis. Further information is available on the Taike website under Decision-making > Decision-making criteria:

Will I receive a written reply to my application?
All applicants are informed of the decision in writing. If you have submitted your application electronically using our online services, you will be notified of the decision online. If you have submitted your application on paper, you will be notified by post.

What does sustainable development refer to on the call for applications?
Finland is committed to the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda. The goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are to care for the environment, increase social justice and improve economic sustainability. The Finland we want by 2050 ─ Society’s commitment to sustainable development sets targets for the national implementation of these commitments.

Sustainable development refers to the pursuit of ecological, economic, social and cultural sustainability. The aim is to ensure good living opportunities for present and future generations. This also means that the environment, citizens and the economy are taken into account equally in decision-making and activities.

Ecological sustainability aims to maintain the viability of our planet also for future generations by adapting human activity to its natural resources and nature’s carrying capacity.

Economic sustainability aims to achieve balanced growth without indebtedness or destruction of resources, as well as activities that take into consideration the carrying capacity of the environment and future generations. Economic growth should be based on the most eco-effective consumption of natural resources, and wellbeing should be distributed equally.

Social sustainability aims to eliminate inequalities between people and to ensure that everyone has access to a sufficient livelihood, proper healthcare and educational opportunities, as well as to safeguard basic rights.

Cultural sustainability aims to reinforce our cultural identity and increase awareness and appreciation of different cultures. Culturally sustainable development promotes the wellbeing of people and regions while fostering the preservation and development of different cultures. Sustainable culture is not stagnant but rather one that is active and changes through interaction with people and the environment.

Further information: kestavakehitys.fi

What do non-discrimination and equality refer to on the call for applications?
Non-discrimination and equality mean that all people are treated equally. No one shall be discriminated against on the grounds of gender, gender identity, age, origin, nationality, language, religion, beliefs, opinions, political activity, trade union activities, family relationships, health, disabilities, sexual orientation or any other personal reason. Sexual harassment and other types of harassment are also considered discrimination and thereby prohibited.

Non-discrimination and equality are fundamental rights that are upheld by law. Inclusion and participation in culture are one of the strategic objectives of the cultural policy of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland.

Equal opportunities in terms of participation are promoted, for example, by ensuring that cultural activities are accessible and that social diversity is taken into account in these activities. Equal opportunities to participate in artistic and cultural life, as well as to access artistic and cultural services – also for professionals and other creators of art and culture – are safeguarded by means of concrete measures.

To promote non-discrimination and equality, it is important to

  • include equality and gender considerations in all activities,
  • ensure equality opportunities for participating in decision-making, for example by having all population groups and genders equally represented as decision-makers,
  • identify and eliminate any barriers to participation (such as stereotypes and prejudices), and
  • reserve sufficient resources for the promotion of all aspects of non-discrimination, equality and accessibility.

Further information:

Questions about clarifications

Is it possible to change the intended use or period when the subsidy is used?
If you would like to make changes, you must first submit a request to do so in our online services.

What to include in your request:

  • Grounds for requesting a change
  • Your new plan or schedule
  • Revised budget
  • Whether the change in schedule refers to the period when subsidy is used, the date when clarification will be submitted, or both.

Submit your request as early as possible and no later than 31 October during the year in which the subsidy is used.

Can I make tax-free payments to individuals from subsidy awarded to an association?
No. Subsidies cannot be used to compensate others. Payments to individuals are subject to withholding taxes and social security payments.

Can I submit our annual report after the clarification deadline?
All information and appendices that are required with the clarification must be submitted together with the clarification by the deadline. However, you may apply for an extension for information and appendices that are not yet available.

What do I do if I have not used the entire amount of the subsidy?
Any part of a subsidy that is not used must be returned to the account of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.  However, if the amount is less than 100 euros, it does not have to be returned.

I am making procurements using funds from a subsidy awarded to my community. Is it necessary to invite tenders for these procurements?  
If your community is subject to the Act on Public Contracts (348/2007, Section 6: Contracting Authorities), tenders must be invited for all procurements amounting to more than 60,000 euros.

Last modified: 05.02.2020


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