Decision making process for a subsidy

Each year Taike receives around 1100 applications for subsidies. You will receive notification by e-mail once the decision is available online. The awarding of subsidies is based on an evaluation, comparison and overall assessment of applications.


Subsidy decisions are made by the Director of Taike based on a presentation by a special advisor. The presentation process is a decision-making method used in public administration, where the presenting official prepares the decision proposals and presents them to the competent decision-makers. Arts councils and expert panels may evaluate applications as needed. Read more about Taike’s expert bodies.

The awarding of subsidies is based on an evaluation, comparison and overall assessment of applications. When evaluating applications, specific criteria and questions are used. 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. The decision-making criteria are listed on the call for applications for each subsidy.

  • All Taike subsidies are discretionary.
  • Decisions for applications in autumn cannot be taken before the annual state budget is approved in January.
  • Decisions are not explained on a case-by-case basis 


Subsidy decisions may be appealed. Instructions for how to appeal are delivered to the applicant together with the decision in Taike’s e-services. 

When processing appeals, the legality of the decision is evaluated, but the application itself is not evaluated again. Appeals must be applied for within 30 days of notification of the decision, and more detailed instructions are provided in the decision letter. The appeal decision is made by the same arts council or decision-maker who also made the original decision.

The processing time for appeals is 2–3 months on average. A person who is not satisfied with the appeal decision can appeal to the administrative court. As a rule, handling the case in the administrative court is subject to a fee.

Appeals can be made and sent via Taike’s e-services via the appeal link in connection with the relevant decision. The appeal and its attachments must be sent as separate attachment files. There can be a maximum of five attachments, and the maximum size for each attachment is 4 MB.

Applying for a subsidy for a community