Operational Subsidies

Call for applications

Application period:

01.10.2020 - 02.11.2020
The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 on the last day of the application period.

Applications may be submitted online during 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
Impact goals
Who decides
Purpose and amount
Decision-making criteria
Additional terms and conditions
What to include with your application
Grounds for not awarding a subsidy
How to apply
Notification of decision
Further information

Intended recipients

Operational subsidies are intended for legal communities in different fields of the arts, such as associations, cooperatives and companies. Operational subsidies are intended to support the activities of professional artists and not recreational activities. Organisations run by municipalities and foundations may also apply.

Operational subsidies may be awarded to communities who operate as production houses or platforms, such as film centres and regional dance centres. They may also be awarded to support the operations of artist residencies within Finland.

You can apply for an operational subsidy with one application only. Select the artform that your operations most closely involve.

Impact goals

Operational subsidies shall

  • support the livelihood and employment of artists
  • diversify the conditions for performing artistic and other creative work
  • renew and develop the contents and structures of operations
  • promote the availability and accessibility of art and culture nationwide

Who decides

Applications and the operations of applicants may be evaluated by national arts councils serving as expert bodies of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Decisions are taken by the Director of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland based on proposals by special advisors.

Purpose and amount

These subsidies are intended to support the operations or a certain part of the operations of communities. The operations may be national or international, and the subsidies may also support visits and tours by communities.

The minimum amount of the subsidy is 20,000 euros. Smaller amounts should be applied for under special subsidies for a project or projects. See the call for applications for special subsidies.

Operational 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 and are awarded on an annual basis on condition that Parliament allocates the required appropriations in its annual State budget.

Operational subsidies may cover only a portion of the total funding of operations and not all expenses. Taike’s operational subsidies may cover a maximum of 80% of the total amount of approved costs. In addition, the amount of the subsidy combined with other state support may not exceed the total amount of approved costs (100%).

Municipal funding and other forms of self-financing are considered an advantage when applying for operational subsidies.

Previously awarded subsidies are listed on the Arts Promotion Centre Finland website.

Decision-making criteria

The awarding of subsidies is based on an evaluation, comparison and overall assessment of applications. When evaluating applications, the following four criteria and questions are used, not all of which need to be fulfilled. There is no weighting in the decision-making criteria. The regional distribution and language of applicants are taken into consideration, as is the amount of available funding allocated for each artform.

Ambition and quality of operations

  • Are the community’s operations ambitious, high quality and interesting?
  • What is the community’s strategy and vision or operating planning for the coming years?
  • What kinds of ideas and operating models do the community’s operations offer to the field of the arts, artists and audiences?
  • What international dimensions does the community have?
  • How are gender equality, fairness and occupational wellbeing implemented?
  • How are the principles of sustainable development implemented in operations?
  • Does the community pay wages and fees in accordance with fair remuneration practices?

Scope and impact of operations

  • What is the scope of operations regionally, nationally and/or internationally?
  • What kind of networks does the community have?
  • What kind of social impact does the community’s operations have?
  • How do the community’s operations encourage an understanding of or discussion about art?
  • How is accessibility ensured?
  • What are the key figures for operations (e.g. audience numbers, the number of performances, exhibitions, workshops)?
  • What is the number of staff (person years)?

Quality of artistic content

  • What is the quality and unique nature of the artistic content?
  • How noteworthy is the community in its field of the arts?
  • Are staff members professionals?
  • What are the prior international merits of the community?

Financial sustainability and feasibility

  • How have the community’s finances been managed in previous years?
  • How realistic and balanced is the budget for the forthcoming year?
  • Is the amount of the subsidy that has been applied for realistic and necessary in relation to the scope and financial situation of operations?
  • What share (%) of actual approved costs were covered by the previous year’s subsidy?
  • What was the community’s self-financing proportion for the previous financial period?

What does sustainable development refer to on the call for applications?  What do non-discrimination and equality refer to on the call for applications?

Additional terms and conditions

  • The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award multiple state subsidies for the same purpose.
  • Subsidies awarded by other parties are taken into consideration when awarding subsidies.
  • Subsidies for communities supported in previous years may be increased or decreased according to the community’s activities, comparisons to the applications submitted by other communities, or the amount of funding that has been allocated.
  • The community is well established and carries out regular year-round operations.
  • The activities of the community may not be based on profit-seeking.
  • A community that receives an operational subsidy may not receive a special subsidy within a specific field of the arts from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
  • Subsidies are generally not awarded for educational activities.
  • Finances for artistic activities (income and expenses) should be listed separately from other operations (such as restaurant operations) and financing.
  • Communities that organise exhibitions and receive significant state funding must show that they no longer charge gallery fees from artists or that they have an acceptable plan for discontinuing these fees.
  • The Arts Promotion Centre Finland requires that communities comply with the Act on Equality between Women and Men (609/1986) and the Non-discrimination Act (1325/2014), as well as other legislative obligations for employers.

What to include with your application

  • Mandatory: The community’s audited financial statements (signed) for the previous financial period (annual report, long income statement and balance sheet) and operating plan and budget for the forthcoming year. The maximum file size for each attachment is 4Mb.

Attachments may not be sent by e-mail.

Grounds for not awarding a subsidy

  • If the application arrives after the application deadline. Applications must be received by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland by 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.
  • If the application is incomplete (if the required information has not been delivered to the Arts Promotion Centre Finland following a request for such information)
  • If the applicant has not submitted written clarification of previously awarded subsidies before the given deadline.

This subsidy is 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.

SHow to apply

Log in and fill in the application online (user interface in Finnish)

You can log in using Suomi.fi e-identification. 

Instructions for using online services

If you are unable to use our online services, please contact Taike’s customer service. 

Guidelines for applicants

Notification of decision

All applicants will be notified of the decision in writing by the end of January. Applicants 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, remember to check also your junk mail folder. Applicants are responsible for checking their e-mail messages on the address supplied in the application.

Further information

Customer service, tel 0295 330 700, asiakaspalvelu@taike.fi



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