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Grants for artists

COVID-19 grants for private individuals

These COVID-19 grants are intended for professionals in the creative industries and fields of the arts and culture whose working opportunities have decreased and whose livelihoods have been weakened due to the coronavirus pandemic between 13 March and 31 May 2020.

Application period ended: 15.05.2020

Grants for mobility

The call for applications for grants for mobility in the arts (mobility grants) is suspended until further notice as of midday (12 noon) on 20 March 2020 due to travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Applications submitted to the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) before the suspension, however, shall be processed normally. A possible call for applications in the second half of the year shall be announced separately on the Taike website at a later date.

Application period ended: 20.03.2020

Artist grants

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 ended: 31.03.2020

Regional grants

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: 13.03.2020

Kirjailijoiden ja kääntäjien kirjastoapurahat

Kirjastoapurahat on tarkoitettu kirjailijoille ja kääntäjille luovaan kirjalliseen työskentelyyn.

Application period ended: 31.01.2020

Public Display Grants

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.

Application period ended: 31.01.2020

Grants for promoting cultural diversity

These grants are intended to strengthen the working conditions of artists with immigrant backgrounds and those who belong to cultural minorities, as well as to promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue and to combat racism through art.

Application period ended: 14.11.2019

Project Grants

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: 14.11.2019

Operational 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
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

Operational subsidies are intended for communities, such as associations, cooperatives and companies, in the fields of architecture, film, literature, visual arts, photographic art, media art, design, and illustrations and comics.

Operational 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 operational subsidies, as they do not constitute legal entities. Operational subsidies are intended to support the activities of professional artists and not recreational activities.

Operational subsidies may be awarded also to communities such as film centres, who operate as production houses or platforms.

Note: You can apply for an operational subsidy with one application only. Select the artform that your operations most closely involve.


The objective of operational subsidies is to support the livelihoods and employment of artists, as well as to diversify the conditions for performing artistic and other creative work. Operational subsidies also promote the availability and accessibility of art and culture nationwide.

Who decides

Applications and the operations of applicants may be evaluated by national arts councils serving as expert bodies of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Decisions are taken by the Director of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland based on proposals by special advisors.

Purpose and amount

Operational subsidies are intended to support the operations or a certain part of the operations of communities. These subsidies are discretionary, and they are applied for and awarded on an annual basis.

Operational 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. Operational subsidies may cover only a portion of the total funding of operations and not all expenses. Taike’s operational subsidies 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%).

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland does not award operational subsidies of less than 15 000 euros, so smaller amounts should be applied for under special subsidies for a project or projects. See the call for applications for special subsidies.

Previously awarded grants 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 four 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 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 are the key figures for operations (e.g. audience numbers, the number of performances, exhibitions, workshops)?
  • What is the number of staff (person years)?

Quality of artistic content

  • What is the quality and unique nature of the artistic content?
  • How noteworthy is the community in its field of the arts?
  • Are staff members professionals?
  • What are the prior international merits of the community?

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.
  • 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.
  • The community has been operating as a registered community for at least three years and carries out regular year-round operations.
  • A community that receives an operational subsidy may not receive a special subsidy within a specific field of the arts from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
  • The activities of the community may not be based on profit-seeking.
  • Subsidies are generally not awarded for educational activities.
  • If the community also has non-artistic activities, its finances for artistic activities (income and expenses) should be listed separately from other operations and financing.
  • Communities that organise exhibitions and receive significant state funding must show that they no longer charge gallery fees from artists or that they have an acceptable plan for discontinuing these fees.
  • 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) and operating plan and budget for the forthcoming year. 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.


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