Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 subsidies

Answers to questions regarding the latest call for applications for COVID-19 subsidies beginning on 16 June. 

How do I apply for a COVID-19 subsidy?

Start by reading carefully the call for applications before filling in an application.

On the application, you will be asked for a description of your previous activities in the arts or culture sectors, a working plan, clarification of how the corona crisis has impacted your company’s earnings, and the previous year’s financial statements for your company. Financial statements are not required for private traders unless stipulated in Section 1a and 4b of the Accounting Act

COVID-19 subsidies can be applied for using Taike’s online services.

How much is each COVID-19 subsidy?

The amount of each subsidy is 8000 or 12,000 euros, depending on the costs and scope of operations. You can select which of the amounts you are applying for on the application. You can also apply for both amounts. The support may be used to cover costs generated in 2021. The support must be used by 31.12.2021.

Can I apply for a COVID-19 subsidy if I have received a positive decision during a previous call for applications?

Yes. When evaluating the need for support, however, any other forms of COVID-19 support that may have been awarded previously shall be taken into consideration.

What kinds of costs can be covered by COVID-19 subsidies?

These subsidies are intended to cover the costs of the entrepreneur’s own operations or for the resumption of operations during 2021 in a situation where normal operations have been disrupted or prevented altogether due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Should I apply for support as a private person in the form of a grant or as an entrepreneur in the form of a subsidy?

If you are an entrepreneur, you can choose whether to apply for a grant or a subsidy. If you require support to cover your own living costs, you should apply for a grant as a private person. If you require support for your company’s operations, you should apply for a subsidy as an entrepreneur. Applying for a subsidy requires a valid Business ID.

• Grants awarded to private persons for artistic activities are tax-free income. 

• Subsidies awarded to entrepreneurs are intended to cover costs generated by the company’s operations and are taxable earnings.

Frequently asked questions about the application form

Which artform should I select?

Select the artform in which you primarily work and to which the application applies. If the application is not suitable for any single artform, or if it applies to operations in the culture sector, select multidisciplinary art.

What kind of plan for using the support is required?

Describe briefly how you plan to use the support for your operations as an entrepreneur. The plan can be a description of your company’s activities. The plan can also include a new project, although this is not necessary. These subsidies are intended to cover costs generated by the company’s operations.

Why does my application show 0 € as the amount I have applied for?

The amount you have applied for on the application is ok, even if it shows 0 € as the amount.

What do I include under key figures for 2020?

Fill in as much as information as you have. If you do not have certain key figures for 2020, you can leave them blank.

What attachments do I need to include with my application?

Attach the previous year's financial statements to the application. This is not required for private traders unless stipulated in Section 1a and 4b of the Accounting Act. Attachments may not be sent by e-mail. Applications and attachments will not be returned.

Viimeksi muokattu: 30.06.2021

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