Cultural wellbeing subsidies for communities
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.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland awards special subsidies to communities such as associations, cooperatives and companies. Special 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.
Cultural wellbeing subsidies are special subsides that are intended for cultural wellbeing projects that promote community spirit and everyday creative activities and environments, as well as to support occupational wellbeing by means of culture and art.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland recommends that applications be submitted for only one artform.
Multidisciplinary art refers to professional artistic activities that combine different artforms in new and unusual ways – not established artforms, such as musical theatre.
Purpose and amount
Special subsidies are intended for individual projects in different fields of the arts to be realised in 2019. The subsidised project should promote the availability and accessibility of art, as well as increase the use of art for promoting wellbeing. The activities should aim to become established as a permanent and structured operating model.
The applicant should have a plan for realising the positive effects of art in the project, for example by supporting a salutary environment or occupational wellbeing, maintaining the functional capacity of long-term patients, or promoting wellbeing by means of art-based methods. The subsidy should be used to employ professional artists.
The recipient of the subsidy must appoint a project manager from within his or her organisation to serve as the contact person for artists. Activities for maintaining the working ability of artists, for example by means of supervision, mentoring or professional guidance, may be considered part of the self-financing portion.
The subsidy may be awarded to cover the following, for example:
- Artist salaries and material costs in art projects
- Organising artist mentoring in connection with art projects
- Artist-based occupational wellbeing projects
- Planning and implementing a salutary environment through the work of artists
- Organising events, seminars, courses, camps and workshops related to the positive effects of art on wellbeing
- For projects and cooperation that promote national and international health through art
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. Special subsidies may cover only a portion of the total funding of the project and not all expenses. If the project generates a profit, the recipient may be asked to return the subsidy in full or in part.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award subsidies amounting to less than 2000 euros. Special subsidies are not awarded to cover the costs of a community’s regular operations (see Operational Subsidies).
Previously awarded grants are listed Arts Promotion Centre Finland website.
This support is based on an overall assessment of applications. When evaluating applications, attention is paid to the following aspects. These criteria represent general guidelines.
Quality, scope and impact of the project:
- What is the commitment of the applicant and cooperation partners to activities that promote the positive effects of art on wellbeing?
- What is the standing of the community within its field of the arts?
- Are staff members professionals?
- Does the project plan adequately describe the artistic basis of the project?
- Is the project plan credible, are its objectives interesting, and can they be achieved in the proposed way?
- Does the project have local, regional, national or international significance?
- Does the project encourage a broader understanding art or promote debate about art?
- What kinds of new ideas and operating models does the project offer to the artform/artists/audiences?
- Does the project have significance in terms of developing the artform?
Financing the project
- Is the project plan, including its budget, realistic and feasible?
- Is the subsidy that has been applied for essential for carrying out the project?
- Does the project involve cooperation partners?
- How have the community’s finances been managed in previous years?
- Is the amount of the subsidy that has been applied for suitable in terms of the scope and theme of the project?
- What share (%) does the subsidy represent of the total budget for the project?
- 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.
Additional terms and conditions
- 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.
- Recipients of subsidies must use the subsidy 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.
- Recipients of subsidies 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 (income statement and balance sheet)
- A summary of the applicant’s previous activities related to the positive effects of art on wellbeing
- In addition, you may also include up to two attachments that are relevant to your application. The file names should describe the 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; 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 an expert committee representing the regional arts councils. Decisions are taken by the Director of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision.