Call for applications
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.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland requires that applicants familiarise themselves with the call for applications before filling in the application.
Additional terms and conditions
What to include with your application
Grounds for not awarding a subsidy
Submitting applications by post
Notification of decision
The awarding of state subsidies for art and cultural festivals has been reorganised as of 2018 so that the decision-making authority for some of state subsidies for art and cultural festivals has been transferred from the Ministry of Education and Culture to the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. At the same time the decision-making criteria for application have been updated.
The Ministry of Education and Culture awards state subsidies
- for large-scale annual art and cultural festivals that have national and international significance, that have broad relevance in terms of cultural policy, that are important for the development of the festival sector and that have year-round operational resources.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland awards festival subsidies
- for art and cultural festivals that are organised on a regular basis, that have national or regional significance, and that are significant in terms of promoting different artforms, inclusion and participation, and cultural diversity.
Note: One-off, new or local events are not eligible for festival subsidies; instead, they should apply for special subsidies within the relevant artform.
The Finnish Film Foundation awards subsidies
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland awards operational subsidies to 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 operations of professional artists and not recreational activities.
The objective of festival subsidies is to improve
- the conditions for performing creative work, as well as the diversity of production and distribution forms
- the inclusion and participation of citizens culture
- regional accessibility to art and culture
Applications and the activities of applicants are evaluated by civil servants. Experts may be asked for their opinions. Decisions are taken by the Director of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland based on a proposal by a special advisor.
Festival subsidies awarded by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland are intended for art and cultural festivals and events that are organised throughout Finland on an annual or regular basis and that are significant in terms of promoting different artforms, inclusion and participation, and cultural diversity.
These subsidies may be awarded to festivals that
- are organised regularly in Finland
- arewell established (organised at least 3 times in the past)
- are professionally organised
- have a programme based on culture and the arts
- have a high-quality programme
- have a programme that is open to the general public
- are signifcant within their own field of the arts and promote the development of their own field of the arts
- are significant nationally or regionally.
A festival is a communal event that is organised regularly at a specific time and place that comprises an open programme based on culture and the arts.
Communities that receive an operational subsidy from the Ministry of Education and Culture or the Arts Promotion Centre Finland are not eligible to receive a festival subsidy; instead, they should apply for support for organising a festival as part of their operational subsidy. State-subsidised agencies are an exception to this.
Subsidies may be awarded support the operations or part of the operations of a community. In exceptional cases, these subsidies may be awarded as special subsidies for projects to be implemented in 2020. 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 operations and not all expenses.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award festival subsidies amounting to less than 10 000 euros.
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%).
Previously awarded grants are listed Arts Promotion Centre Finland website.
The awarding of operational subsidies is based on a 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.
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?
- How does the community promote the conditions for performing creative work (e.g. 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?
- 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?
When calculating the number of performances and audience numbers, please refer to the guidelines published by Finland Festivals ry in order to obtain comparable data.
- 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 activities of the community may not be based on profit-seeking.
- If the subsidy is awarded as a special subsidy for a project, the recipient must use the subsidy during the year in which it is awarded. If the project generates a profit, the recipient may be asked to return the subsidy in full or in part.
- 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.
- Mandatory: The community’s audited financial statements (signed) for the previous financial period (annual report, long income statement and balance sheet).
- Mandatory: operating plan and budget for the forthcoming year for the festival and entire community.
- 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 4 Mb.
Attachments may not be sent by e-mail. Applications and attachments will not be returned.
- 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.
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).
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.