Special Subsidies for Children's Culture

Call for applications

Application period:

01.10.2020 - 02.11.2020
The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 on the last day of the application period.

Applications may be submitted online during the application period.

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) 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
What to include with your application
Grounds for not awarding a subsidy
How to apply
Notification of decision
Further information

Intended recipients

Special 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 special subsidies. Special subsidies are intended to support the activities of professional artists and not recreational activities. 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 projects 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

These subsidies are intended for projects related to children’s and youth culture to be implemented in 2021 and that 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. 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 activities. These subsidies are discretionary. The minimum amount of the subsidy is 5000 euros. 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. Special subsidies are not awarded to cover the costs of a community’s regular performance activities or the normal operations of an art institute, school or other community. Previously awarded subsidies are listed on the Arts Promotion Centre Finland website.  

Decision-making criteria

The awarding of subsidies is based on an evaluation, 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.

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 wages and fees in accordance with fair remuneration practices?

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 financing

  • 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: The community’s audited financial statements (signed) 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 4Mb. 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); and the 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.

Instructions for using online services

If you are unable to use our online services, please contact Taike’s customer service.

Guidelines for applicants 

Notification of decision

All applicants will be notified of the decision in writing by the end of February. 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.

Further information

Arja-Liisa Räisänen, Special Advisor, arja-liisa.raisanen@taike.fi , t. 0295 330 722

Customer service, t. 0295 330 700, asiakaspalvelu@taike.fi



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