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Grants for mobility

Call for applications

Application period:

09.03.2020 - 20.03.2020
The deadline for submitting applications is 12:00 on the last day of the application period.

Grant application during the above application period may be submitted online. Click on the link below to access the online service (the service is available in Finnish and in Swedish only). To log in you will require eBanking identifiers, a mobile certificate or an electronic ID card.

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.

Application periods

Applications for grants for mobility are invited on a continuous basis, so you can submit your application at any time during the year. However, applications must always be submitted before undertaking trips to be covered by the grant.

The year is divided into three application periods so that applications received within each period can be processed together. These application periods end in February, August and November. Applications submitted before the November deadline can be used to apply for trips at the end of the same year or the beginning of the next year. Applications submitted for earlier deadlines can be used to apply for trips undertaken during the same year.

  • Application period ending in February: for trips undertaken during the same year
  • Application period ending in August: for trips undertaken during the same year
  • Application period ending in November: for trips at the end of the same year or the beginning of the next year

Intended recipients

The objective of grants for mobility are intended for professional artists or working groups formed by them, as well as for experts in different fields of the arts. Private persons carrying on trade (private traders) may also apply. These grants are intended for private individuals and not for communities.


The objective of grants for mobility is to promote the international mobility and networking of artists and art experts living in Finland.

Who decides

Applications and the activities of applicants are evaluated by civil servants. Experts may be asked for their opinions. Decisions are taken by the Director of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland based on a proposal by a special advisor.


Grants for mobility are intended to cover the costs of trips abroad. These trips must be connected to projects that are significant artistically or in terms of a specific artform, and in connection with which the applicant shall either

  • appear or present his/her art outside of Finland
  • work at an artist residence
  • develop his or her own work
  • promote the working environment within the artform.

Grants for mobility may be used to cover the costs of trips abroad insofar as other funding is not available.

Acceptable costs include

  • travel tickets (using the least expensive form of public transport)
  • reasonable accommodation costs
  • artist residence costs
  • other direct travel costs
  • reasonable living costs (working costs)

Expenditure should be budgeted for at least the amount being applied for. Working costs may be included in the budget if you do not have any other working grant or artist pension during the trip. As a general rule, reasonable living costs mean working costs of no more than 1000 euros.

Grants for mobility may not be used to cover

  • material costs
  • production costs
  • freight charges
  • daily allowances
  • trips within or to Finland
  • familiarisation trips
  • competition trips
  • studies abroad leading to a degree

Applications must include the applicant’s working plan for the planned trip and a realistic estimate of travel costs. In addition, other possible funding for the trip and appearance fees must be stated in the application.

A separate application must be submitted for each trip/project.


Grants for mobility are generally awarded for the amounts of 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000 or 5000 euros. Grants awarded to working groups may be for larger amounts. Grants amounting to less than 1000 euros are generally not awarded.

Previously awarded grants are listed on the Taike website.

Decision-making criteria

The awarding of grants 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 grants are discretionary.

1. Previous artistic merits of the applicant 

  • Is the applicant a professional? Are the members of the working group professionals?
  • What is the quality of the applicant’s previous artistic works?
  • How noteworthy is the applicant in his/her field of the arts?

2. Quality and impact of the project                                                      

  • How interesting are the project plan and its objectives?
  • What is the quality of the project’s artistic content?
  • How does the project encourage an understanding of or discussion about art?
  • What is the impact of the project regionally, nationally or internationally?
  • What kinds of ideas and operating models does the project offer to the field of the arts, artists and audiences?
  • What kinds of cooperation partners does the project have?
  • How realistic is the project in terms of implementation?

3. Project financing

  • How realistic is the project’s budget?
  • How essential is the grant for implementing the project?
  • Is the amount that has been applied for in proportion to the contents and scope of the project?
  • Does the project have other financing? Has other funding been confirmed for the project?

If the applicant is a working group

  • 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 working group refers only to those individuals who are undertaking the trip and not the entire working group of the project. Applications may not be submitted on behalf of another person; the contact person must be one of the persons undertaking the trip.

Additional terms and conditions

  • 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.
  • Recipients of grants 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 the same purpose have not been used.
  • Recipients of grants must submit written clarification 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.

Grant recipients may not transfer personal grant funds or those of a working group to the account of a company, community or person outside the working group.

What to include with your application

  • Mandatory: CV of the artist or combined CV for the members of a working group
  • A copy of the invitation or confirmation from the foreign collaboration partner or confirmation of acceptance to an artist residence abroad
  • In addition, you may also include two more attachments or link to your web page that are relevant to your application. The file names should describe the content. The maximum file size for each attachment is 4Mb.

Grounds for not awarding a grant

  • 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.
  • Applications must be received by Taike before the start of the trip.
  • If the application is incomplete (if the required information has not be 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 grants and is entitled if necessary to review the finances and activities of the recipient.

If the applicant does not have internet access, the applicant should contact Taike’s customer service.

Guidelines for applicants

Notification of decision

All applicants will be notified of the decision in writing approximately two months after the end of the application period. 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.


tel 0295 330 700, asiakaspalvelu@taike.fi



Subsidies for communities

Erityisavustukset kulttuurilehdille

Erityisavustukset kulttuurilehdille on tarkoitettu vahvistamaan kulttuurista moninaisuutta, tiedonvälityksen monipuolisuutta ja moniarvoisuutta yhteiskunnassa.

Application period ended: 31.10.2019

Artist-in-residence subsidies

Subsidies are intended for operating costs and development projects of international artist-in-residencies in Finland.

Application period ended: 31.10.2019

Cultural wellbeing subsidies for communities

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: 31.10.2019

Festival Subsidies

Subsidies are intended for art and cultural festivals that have national or regional significance.

Application period ended: 31.10.2019

Operational Subsidies

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: 31.10.2019

Operational subsidies for performing arts

Subsidies are intended to support the ongoing operations of communities in the field of the performing arts, such as associations, co-operatives and companies

Application period ended: 31.10.2019

Special Subsidies for Children's Culture

Subsidies are intended to communities operating in region for individual projects in children’s and youth culture.

Application period ended: 31.10.2019

Subsidies for promoting cultural diversity and combating racism

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: 31.10.2019

Subsidies for promoting the cultural activities of disability communities and the accessibility of culture

Subsidies for promoting the cultural activities of disability communities and the accessibility of culture

Application period ended: 31.10.2019


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