Call for applications
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.
Festival subsidies are intended for communities such as associations, cooperatives and companies. Organisations run by municipalities and foundations may also apply. However, unregistered communities and private persons carrying on trade are not eligible for festival subsidies.
You can apply for an operational subsidy with one application only. Select the artform that your operations most closely involve.
Communities that receive other operational subsidies from the Ministry of Education and Culture or Taike are not eligible for festival subsidies; instead, they should apply for support for organising a festival as part of an operational subsidy.
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
Festival subsidies shall support
- the conditions for performing creative work
- the diversity of production and distribution forms
- the inclusion and participation of citizens in art and culture
- regional accessibility to art and culture
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
Festival subsidies are intended to support the organisation of art and culture festivals in Finland. Festivals should be well established (organised at least 3 times in the past).
Festival subsidies are awarded as operational subsidies to support the operations or part of the operations of the community organising the festival.
The minimum amount of the subsidy is 10,000 euros. Smaller amounts should be applied for in the form of a special subsidy for projects within specific artforms (see Special Subsidies).
Festival subsidies may cover only a portion of the total funding of operations and not all expenses. Festival subsidies may cover only a portion of the total funding of operations and not all expenses. Taike’s festival subsidies may cover a maximum of 80% of the total amount of approved costs. The amount of the subsidy combined with other state support may not exceed the total amount of eligible expenses (100%).
Festival 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.
Taike does not award festival subsidies for nationally or internationally significant and established art and culture festivals, for which support can be applied from the Ministry of Education and Culture (www.minedu.fi). In addition, Taike does not award festival subsidies for film festivals, for which support can be applied from the Finnish Film Foundation (www.ses.fi).
Further information about eligible expenses can be found on the Taike website: For subsidy recipients
Previously awarded subsidies are listed on the Arts Promotion Centre Finland website.
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. Equality and fair treatment are also taken into account.
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 budget based on fair remuneration practices?
- 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?
The key figures provided on the application form are used for evaluating and comparing applications. 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.
Additional terms and conditions
- 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.
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
- 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 the forthcoming year
- The articles of associations or community’s rules if the applicant is a company.
The maximum file size for each attachment is 4 MB. 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.
How to apply
Log in and fill in the application online (user interface in Finnish)
You can log in using Suomi.fi e-identification
If you are unable to use our online services, please contact Taike’s customer service.
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.