Call for applications
13.02.2019 - 13.03.2019
The deadline for submitting applications is 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland requires that applicants familiarise themselves with the call for applications before filling in the application.
Who makes the decision
Additional terms and conditions
What to include with your application
Grounds for not awarding a grant
Submitting applications by post
Notification of decision
Project grants are intended for professional artists in the region and/or working groups formed by them. Private persons carrying on trade (private traders) may also apply project grant.
Decisions are taken on the basis of recommendations by the regional arts councils.
You can apply for the grant either as a project grant or as a working grant. Project grants are intended for individual projects in different fields of the arts to be realised in 2019-2020. Projects must begin, however, in the year that the grant is awarded. Working grants are intended for continuous professional artistic work lasting from 4 to 6 months during the period 1 June to 31 December 2019.
Project grants may be used to cover, for example:
- material costs
- production costs
- working costs
Arts councils do not award project grants amounting to less than 1500 euros.
Working grants are intended for the personal use of their recipients in order to safeguard their working conditions.
Working grants are not available to applicants
- who have received full-year state artist grants or other working grants during the same year
- who have received a supplementary State artist pension.
Note: The working grant period cannot be backdated. Continuous working grant period should be used during the year in which the grant was awarded. The computational amount of each working grant is €1700 per month. The grant includes statutory pension and accident insurance issued by the Farmers' Social Insurance Institution Mela. Other paid employment during the grant period is permitted.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland recommends that applications be submitted for only one artform. You can select the artform when filling in the application. If you are applying for a project grant for the light and sound design of a theatre production, you should select “Theatre” as the artform. Multidisciplinary art refers to professional artistic activities that combine different artforms in new and unusual ways – not established artforms, such as musical theatre.
Previously awarded grants are listed Arts Promotion Centre Finland website.
The decision is based on an overall evaluation of the applications. The arts councils review all applications. The criteria listed below represent general guidelines for evaluating applications and are applicable for all artforms:
Quality and impact of the project / artistic activity:
- How notable is the applicant in his/her field of the arts?
- How clear and strong is the artistic idea on which the project/working plan is based?
- Does the working plan adequately describe the applicant’s artistic approach?
- What artistic challenges or professional development does the artistic activity involve?
- Is the project/working plan credible, are its objectives (artistically) interesting, and can they be achieved in the proposed way?
- Does the project/artistic activity encourage a broader understanding art or promote debate about art?
- Does the project/artistic activity have local, regional, national or international significance?
- What kinds of new ideas and operating models does the project offer to the artform/artists/audiences?
- Does the project/artistic activity have significance in terms of developing the artform?
Financing and implementation of the project
- Is the project plan, including its budget, realistic and feasible?
- Is the grant that has been applied for essential for carrying out the project?
- Does the project involve cooperation partners?
- Is the amount of the grant that has been applied for suitable in terms of the scope and theme of the project?
- What share (%) does the grant 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. Attention is also being paid to gender equality.
If the applicant is a working group (project grant)
- The application should be made by the contact person for the working group. The names of the other members of the working group should be included in the application.
- The contact person should include with the application a short description of the artistic activities of each member of the working group.
- Each member of the working group is responsible for how the grant funds are spent and for providing clarification. The contact person for the working group is responsible for submitting the clarification by the deadline.
- The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award multiple state grants for the same purpose.
- Grants awarded by other parties are taken into consideration when awarding grants.
- Project grant recipients must use the grant during the year in which it was awarded or no later than during the following year.
- New grants shall not be awarded if previously awarded grants for same purpose have not been used.
- Grant recipients must submit written clarification and a calculation (project grant) of how the grant was used after the end of the grant period.
- Grants are awarded on condition that Parliament allocates the required appropriations in its annual State budget.
NOTE! Grant recipients may not transfer personal grant funds or those of a working group to the account of a company or community.
Working grant recipients must take out pension and accident insurance. The insurance obligation also applies to project grant recipients if they use the grant money to work for at least 4 months in a row. The insurance must be applied for within three months of the start of the grant period. Applications should be submitted to the Farmers' Social Insurance Institution Mela. Further information: www.mela.fi
- Mandatory: CV of the artist or combined CV for the members of a working group (pdf|doc|docx format for electronic applications).
- In addition, you may also include two more 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
Visual arts applicants should also include 1 to 5 images of their works in pdf format (maximum file size 4 Mb), including details about the name, technique, size and date of each work. Files containing videos or other moving images may not be sent as attachments. Instead, we recommend that artists include a link to their own websites on their applications.
- 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 grants 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.
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.
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Applications should be submitted either electronically or on paper (not both).
All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision. 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.
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Grants for artists
Grants are intended for professional artists or working groups formed by them, as well as for experts in different fields of the arts.Application period: 06.03.2019 - 15.08.2019
Artist grants are intended to support the work of professional artists in different fields of the arts. The grants are awarded for a period of between six months and five years.Application period: 01.03.2019 - 03.04.2019
Project grants for children’s culture are intended for professional artists in the region or working groups formed by them. Private persons carrying on trade (private traders) may also apply.Application period ended: 13.03.2019
Project grants are intended for professional artists in the region and/or working groups formed by them. Private persons carrying on trade (private traders) may also apply project grant.Application period ended: 13.03.2019
Public display grants are intended for professional artists in the fields of the visual arts, media art and design whose works may be displayed publicly. These grants are available to artists who reside or have resided permanently in Finland.Application period ended: 31.01.2019
Grants for promoting multiculturalism are intended for artists and working groups.Application period ended: 15.11.2018
Project grants are intended to support the implementation of individual projects by professional artists and art journalists in different fields of the arts.Application period ended: 15.11.2018
Subsidies for communities
Erityisavustukset on tarkoitettu yhteisöille, jotka hankkivat rakennuskohteisiinsa taideteoksia.Application period ended: 13.03.2019
Erityisavustukset kulttuurilehdille on tarkoitettu vahvistamaan kulttuurista moninaisuutta, tiedonvälityksen monipuolisuutta ja moniarvoisuutta yhteiskunnassa.Application period ended: 31.10.2018
Subsidies are intended for operating costs and development projects of international artist-in-residencies in Finland.Application period ended: 31.10.2018
Special subsidies are intended for projects that promote community spirit and everyday creative activities and environments, as well as to support occupational wellbeing by means of culture and art.Application period ended: 31.10.2018
Subsidies are intended for art and cultural festivals that have national or regional significance.Application period ended: 31.10.2018
Operational subsidies are intended to support the ongoing operations of communities in different fields of the arts, such as associations, foundations, co-operatives and companies.Application period ended: 31.10.2018
Subsidies are intended to communities operating in region for individual projects in children’s and youth culture.Application period ended: 31.10.2018
These subsidies are intended to support individual projects of communities in different fields of the arts, such as associations, foundations, co-operatives and companies.Application period ended: 31.10.2018
The subsidies are intended for communities. The objective of these subsidies is to promote inclusion and participation in culture, as well as intercultural dialogue.Application period ended: 31.10.2018
Subsidies for promoting the cultural activities of disability communities and the accessibility of cultureApplication period ended: 31.10.2018