Special Subsidies for Children's Culture

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
Who decides
Purpose and amount
Decision-making criteria
Additional terms and conditions
What to include with your application
Grounds for not awarding a subsidy
Submitting applications by post
Notification of decision

Intended recipients

Special subsidies are intended for communities operating in region 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.

Note: You can apply for a special subsidy with one application only. Select the artform that your project most closely involves. If your project combines different artforms in such a way that established artforms no longer adequately describe the project, you should select multidisciplinary art.

Who decides

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 based on a proposal by a special advisor.

Purpose and amount

State subsidies are awarded to cover the costs of implementing projects related to children’s and youth culture in 2020. Projects should promote the working opportunities of artists involved with children’s culture. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland awards some special subsidies for children’s culture for special development projects that promote children’s and youth culture. In addition, one of the priorities of these subsidies is to promote the local accessibility of children’s and youth culture. It shall be considered an advantage if the project is carried out together with a children’s cultural centre and if it promotes the working opportunities of artists involved with children’s culture.

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.

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award subsidies amounting to less than 5000 euros. If the project generates a profit, the recipient may be asked to return the subsidy in full or in part

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.

Decision-making criteria

The awarding of special 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. Equality and fair treatment are also taken into account. All subsidies are discretionary.

Quality of the project

  • Is the project plan of high quality and are its objectives interesting?
  • What kinds of ideas and operating models does the project offer to the field of the arts, artists and audiences?
  • How noteworthy is the community implementing the project in its field of the arts/children’s culture?
  • Are the community’s staff members or project implementers professionals?
  • What international dimensions does the project have?
  • How realistic is the project in terms of its implementation objectives?
  • Does the community pay appropriate wages and fees?

Impact of the project

  • What is the impact of the project regionally, nationally or internationally?
  • What is the social impact of the project?
  • How does the project encourage an understanding of or discussion about children’s culture?
  • What kind of expertise or cooperation partners does the project have in terms of children’s culture?
  • How is accessibility ensured?

Project finances

  • How have the community’s finances been managed in previous years?
  • How realistic is the project’s budget?
  • Is the amount of the subsidy that has been applied for in relation to the scope of the project?
  • What is the need for the subsidy in relation to the community’s financial situation?
  • What other funding does the project have?

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: Signed and audited financial statements for the previous financial period (income statement and balance sheet)
  • 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 4 Mb.

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 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.


special advisor Ulla Lassila, tel 0295 330 860, ulla.lassila@taike.fi
or tel 0295 330 700, asiakaspalvelu@taike.fi



Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Hakaniemenranta 6, PL 1001
00531  Helsinki

Tel. +358 295 330 700

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