Operational Subsidies

Call for applications

Application period:

01.10.2021 - 02.11.2021
The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 on the last day of the application period.

Applications should be submitted online during the application period.

Applicants are required to familiarise themselves with the call for applications before filling in the application.

Intended recipients  

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

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

Impact goals

Operational subsidies

  • 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
  • promote the long-term development of communities

Who decides?

Applications and the operations of applicants are evaluated by Taike’s experts. Decisions are taken by the Director of Taike 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.

In 2021, communities may apply for either a one-year or three-year operational subsidy.

Operational subsidies may cover only a portion of the total funding of operations and not all expenses. The amount of the subsidy combined with other state support may not exceed the total amount of eligible expenses (100%).

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.

The minimum amount of each one-year operational subsidy is 20,000 euros. Taike’s one-year operational subsidies may cover a maximum of 80% of the total amount of eligible expenses.

The minimum amount of each three-year operational subsidy is 50,000 euros per year. Taike’s three-year operational subsidies may cover a maximum of 60% of the total amount of eligible expenses. The share of other financing will be estimated on the basis of financial reports for 2019 and 2020.

Further information about eligible expenses can be found on the Taike website: For subsidy recipients

Applications may be transferred upon review for processing under special subsidies, in which case the applicant shall be notified in order to supplement the application.

Previously awarded subsidies are listed on the Taike website under “Awarded grants and subsidies”.

Decision-making criteria

The awarding of subsidies is based on an overall assessment and comparison of applications within each artform. 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.

The same general criteria apply to applications for both one-year and three-year operational subsidies. Applicants for three-year operational subsidies must also meet additional criteria.

Decision-making criteria for both one-year and three-year operational subsidies:

Ambition and quality of community’s operations  

  • Are the community’s operations ambitious, high quality and interesting?
  • What is the community’s strategy and vision or operating plan 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 community’s 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 eligible expenses 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?

Applicants for three-year operational subsidies must also meet the following criteria:

  • The community’s actual revenues and expenses (actual budget) for the previous three years (2018, 2019 and 2020) must average 100,000 euros or more per year
  • The community must attach to the application its operating plan and budget for 2022, as well as a preliminary plan for its operations and finances for 2023 and 2024.


Additional terms and conditions

Finances

  • Subsidies awarded by other parties are taken into consideration when awarding subsidies. Local government and other funding is considered an advantage.
  • Subsidies for communities supported in previous years may be increased or decreased according to the community’s operations, comparisons to the applications submitted by other communities, or the amount of funding that has been allocated.
  • Finances for artistic operations (revenues and expenses) should be listed separately from other operations (such as restaurant operations) and their financing.
  • Taike does not award two or more subsidies for the same purpose.

Quality of operations

  • The community is well established and carries out regular year-round operations.
  • The activities of the community may not be based on profit-seeking.
  • 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.
  • Subsidies are generally not awarded for educational activities.

Obligations of recipients

  • Recipients of a subsidy must submit written clarification and a financial report of how the subsidy was used.
  • Communities that receive an operational subsidy from Taike cannot receive a special subsidy within a specific artform.

What to include with your application

One-year operational subsidy

  • The community’s audited financial statements (signed) for the previous financial period (annual report, long income statement and balance sheet).
  • Operating plan and budget for 2022.
  • The articles of associations or community’s rules if the applicant is a company.

Three-year operational subsidy

  • The community’s audited financial statements (signed) for the three previous financial periods (annual report, long income statement and balance sheet).
  • Operating plan and budget for 2022.
  • Preliminary plans for operations and finances for 2023 and 2024.
  • The articles of associations or community’s rules if the applicant is a company.

The maximum file size for each attachment is 4MB. Attachments must be sent via our online services and not by e-mail.

Grounds for not awarding a subsidy

  • 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 (if the required information has not been delivered to Taike following a request for such information)
  • If the applicant has not submitted written clarification of previously awarded subsidies before the given deadline.

Subsidies are 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). Taike monitors the use of subsidies and is entitled if necessary to review the finances and activities of recipients.

How 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.

Questions about applying (FAQ)

Applying | Taike.fi

Notification of decision

All applicants will be notified of the decision in writing by the end of February 2022. 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

Taike customer service, t. 0295 330 700, asiakaspalvelu@taike.fi


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