Artist-in-residence subsidies

Call for applications

Application period:

01.10.2019 - 31.10.2019
The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 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

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 operations of professional artists and not recreational activities.


The objective of artist-in-residence subsidies is to promote the international scope of the Finnish art scene.

Who decides

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.

Purpose and amount

Artist-in-residence subsidies are intended to support the operations of international artist-in-residence programmes in Finland in 2020. A precondition for receiving the subsidy is that at least some of the artists in residence must be foreigners.

These subsidies may be granted as operational subsidies to cover a community’s basic operating costs or a specific area of operations. In exceptional cases, these subsidies may be awarded as special subsidies for projects to be implemented in 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 operations and not all expenses. 

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award operational subsidies amounting to less than 10 000 euros, so if necessary 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%).

Previously awarded subsidies are listed on the Arts Promotion Centre Finland website.

Decision-making criteria

The awarding of operational subsidies is based on a comparison and overall assessment of applications. When evaluating applications, the following three 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 noteworthy is the community in its field?
  • Are staff members professionals?
  • 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?
  • What is the number of staff (person years)?

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?

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 state subsidies for the same purpose.
  • Subsidies awarded by other parties are taken into consideration when awarding subsidies.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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).
  • Mandatory: operating plan and budget for the forthcoming year for the residence and entire community.
  • 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 (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 January. 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.


special advisor Kirsi Väkiparta, tel 0295 330 724, 
or tel 0295 330 700



Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Hakaniemenranta 6, PL 1001
00531  Helsinki

Tel. +358 295 330 700

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