Subsidies for promoting the cultural activities of disability communities and the accessibility of culture
Call for applications
01.10.2018 - 31.10.2018
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.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland requires that applicants familiarise themselves with the call for applications before filling in the application.
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 artists and not recreational activities.
These subsidies are intended for promoting inclusion and participation in culture.
Purpose and amount
These subsidies are intended to support
- 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
- 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 or improvements to the accessibility of buildings. These subsidies are also not intended for 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 are not intended for recreational activities (e.g. excursions, parties).
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 2019. 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 10,000 euros, so smaller amounts are awarded as special subsidies. 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 2000 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.
This support is based on an overall assessment of applications. The criteria listed below represent general guidelines for evaluating applications. Different criteria may apply for operational subsidies and special subsidies.
Quality and scope of operations and implementation:
- Is the operation professional organised?
- Are the applicant and possible cooperation partners committed to long-term work that promotes the accessibility of art and culture?
- How interesting is the operational plan / project plan and their objectives, and can they be achieved in the proposed way?
- What kinds of new ideas and operating models do the operation / project offer?
- Does the operation /project have local, regional, national or international significance?
- Does the operation /project encourage a broader understanding of art/culture or promote debate about art/culture?
- How networked are the operations?
- How diverse, active and accessible are the operations? What expertise does the applicant possible cooperation partner/s have in accessibility?
- Does the applicant have a strategy, vision or development plan for at least the next two years?
- What is the volume of operation? What are the key figures for operations? (e.g. audience numbers, the number of performances, publishing activities, courses, etc.)
- Is the subsidy that has been applied for essential for carrying out operation /project?
- Does the project involve cooperation partners?
- Is the budget realistic and balanced? Is the amount of the subsidy that has been applied for suitable in terms of the scope of operations?
- How have the community’s finances been managed in previous years?
- What share (%) does the subsidy represent of the total budget in relation to the amount to be financed by the community itself (%)?
- Does the project already have confirmed financing? If not, how realistic are the other sources of income (risk management)?
In addition, regional and linguistic factors are also taken into account when evaluating applications, as well as the amount of funding that has been allocated. Consideration is also given to how the community promotes equality, including gender equality, and sustainable development. 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 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.
- 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, 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.
Applications should be submitted either electronically or on paper (not both).
Notification of decision
Applications and the activities of applicants are evaluated by civil servants. Decisions are taken by the Director of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision.