Subsidies for promoting the cultural activities of disability communities and the accessibility of culture

Call for applications

Application period:

01.10.2019 - 31.10.2019
The deadline for submitting applications is 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.

Applications for subsidies may be submitted online during the above application period. Click on the link below to access our online service (the service is available in Finnish and in Swedish only). To log in you will need a Katso ID.

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

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

Instructions for using online services

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland requires that applicants familiarise themselves with the call for applications before filling in the application.

Intended recipients
Objective
Who decides
Purpose and amount
Decision-making criteria
Grounds for not awarding a subsidy
Submitting applications by post
Notification of decision
Information

Intended recipients

These subsidies are intended for communities such as associations, cooperatives and companies. Operational subsidies are intended for legal communities only. Organisations run by municipalities and foundations may also apply. However, unregistered communities and private persons carrying on trade are not eligible for these subsidies, as they do not constitute legal entities. These subsidies are intended to support the projects or operations of professional and not recreational activities.

Objective

These subsidies are intended for promoting inclusion and participation in culture.

Who decides

Applications and the activities of applicants are evaluated by civil servants. Decisions are taken by the Director of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland based on a proposal by a special advisor.

Purpose and amount

These subsidies are intended to support

  1. the artistic and cultural activities of national disability associations and communities. Priority shall be given to projects that create new kinds of operating models and/or are based on cooperation between disability. Subsidies may also be awarded for cooperation projects between disability communities and actors in the fields of art and culture

These subsidies are intended also to support

  1. projects and activities that improve accessibility to art and culture, as well as research projects. Applicants can therefore also be various cultural actors, e.g. art and culture institutions and events. Priority shall be given to cooperation projects with a broad scope.  These subsidies may also be awarded for carrying out accessibility reviews and compiling accessibility plans for art and culture institutions and other art and culture actors.

These subsidies are not intended for

  • investments
  • equipment procurements 
  • improvements to the accessibility of buildings.
  • recreational activities (e.g. excursions, parties).
  • writing, translating or publishing simplified language literature. For these purposes, funding can be applied for from the Finnish Centre for Easy to Read of the Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FAIDD).
     

These subsidies may be granted either as operational subsidies or as special subsidies. Operational subsidies may be granted to cover a community’s basic operating costs or a specific area of operations. Special subsidies may be granted to support individual projects to be implemented during 2020. These subsidies are discretionary and are applied for and awarded for one year at a time each year individually.

These subsidies may be awarded if considered necessary taking into consideration the applicant’s other state support, as well as the quality and scope of the applicant’s operations. State subsidies may cover only a portion of the total funding of a project or operations and not all expenses. 

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award operational subsidies amounting to less than 15 000 euros, so smaller amounts are awarded as special subsidies for projects. Operational subsidies awarded by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland 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%).

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award special subsidies amounting to less than 5000 euros. If the project generates a profit, the recipient may be asked to return the subsidy in full or in part.

Previously awarded grants are listed Arts Promotion Centre Finland website.

Further information about accessibility is available from the following sources:

- Culture for All 
- Taiteen ja kulttuurin saavutettavuusohjelma (Accessibility programme for art and culture – in Finnish only). Ministry of Education publications 6:2006
- Taiteen ja kulttuurin saavutettavuus. Loppuraportti (Accessibility of art and culture. Final report – in Finnish only). Ministry of Education and Culture publications 2014:15
-Yhdenvertainen kulttuuri (Equal Culture – Study of state subsidies for promoting cultural activities of disability communities and the accessibility of culture. in finnish only). Cupore online publications 41.

Decision-making criteria

The awarding of subsidies is based on a comparison and overall assessment of applications. When evaluating applications, the following 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.

OPERATIONAL SUBSIDIES

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?
  • How noteworthy is the community in its field?
  • How are gender equality, fairness and occupational wellbeing implemented?
  • How are the principles of sustainable development implemented in operations?
  • Does the community pay appropriate wages and fees?

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?
  • Are the applicant and possible cooperation partners committed to long-term work that promotes the accessibility of art and culture, as well as inclusion?
  • What are the key figures for operations (e.g. events, courses, workshops, performances, audience numbers, publishing activities, etc.)?
  • What is the number of staff (person years)?
  • Are the community’s staff members professionals?

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?

SPECIAL SUBSIDIES

Quality of the project

  • Is the project plan of high quality and are its objectives interesting?
  • What kinds of ideas and operating models does the project offer?
  • How noteworthy is the community implementing the project in its field?
  • Are the community’s staff members or project implementers professionals?
  • What is the quality of the project’s cultural content?
  • How realistic is the project in terms of its implementation objectives?
  • Does the community pay appropriate wages and fees?

Impact of the project

  • What is the impact of the project regionally, nationally or internationally?
  • What is the social impact of the project?
  • How does the project encourage an understanding of or discussion about art/culture?
  • What kinds of cooperation partners does the project have?
  • How is accessibility ensured? What expertise does the applicant and possible cooperation partner/s have in terms of accessibility?

Project finances

  • How have the community’s finances been managed in previous years?
  • How realistic is the project’s budget?
  • Is the amount of the subsidy that has been applied for in relation to the scope of the project?
  • What is the need for the subsidy in relation to the community’s financial situation?
  • What other funding does the project have?

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 subsidies for the same purpose.
  • Subsidies awarded by other parties are taken into consideration when awarding subsidies.
  • The community applying for the subsidy has been operating as a registered community for at least three years and carries out regular year-round operations.
  • The activities of the community which receives operational subsidy may not be based on profit-seeking.
  • 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 subsidy must be used during the year in which it was awarded. New subsidies shall not be awarded if previously awarded subsidies for the same purpose have not been used.
  • The recipient of the subsidy must submit written clarification and a financial statement of how the subsidy was used.
  • 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 awarded on condition that Parliament allocates the required appropriations in its annual State budget.

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
  • Two other attachment that is relevant to the application may be include. The file name should describe its content. The maximum file size for each attachment is 4Mb.

Attachments may not be sent by e-mail. Applications and attachments will not be returned.

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.

Submitting applications by post

Applications may also be submitted by printing out the application form, filling it in and sending it by post to the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Applications must be received by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland by 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.
 

Download the application form to your computer
Applications should be submitted either electronically or on paper (not both).

Guidelines for applicants

Notification of decision

All applicants will be notified of the decision in writing by the end of February. 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. If you have submitted your application by post, the decision shall be posted to the address you supplied in your application.

Information:

special advisor Ulla Lassila, tel. 0295 330 860, ulla.lassila@taike.fi
or tel 0295 330 700, asiakaspalvelu@taike.fi


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