FAQ

Questions about applying

Can I apply for support from more than one place (e.g. from various foundations) for the same project?

Yes you can, but you have to specify this on your application.

Should I apply for a grant as an artist or a working group?

As an artist you can apply for a grant to help implement your own work plan. If several people are involved in the implementation of the project, the grant should be applied for as a working group. In this case the applicant is the contact person for the working group, while the names and dates of birth. of the other members must be included in the application. 

If one member of the working group already receives support from Taike for his/her work in a certain project, can he/she apply for support for another working group in a different project?

Yes. 

Can I apply for a grant even if I am not Finnish or do not live in Finland? 

Check the call for applications for the grant in question. Unless it specifically states that the grant is intended only for citizens or residents of Finland, you can apply for it. However, to access our online services, you will need to have Finnish bank identifiers, mobile certificate or electronic ID. In addition, online application forms are available in Finnish and Swedish, and grant decisions are sent in Finnish or Swedish. 

Can a self-employed person (entrepreneur) apply for an artist grant or working grant? 

An artist who is apply for an artist grant or working grant can be a self-employed entrepreneur, i.e. a private trader (“toiminimi” in Finnish) or a shareholder in a limited liability company. However, state artist grants are only awarded in the form of personal support for artistic work, i.e. to cover living costs. State artist grants are tax free, so personal grants may not be included in company earnings. For further information, contact the Finnish Tax Administration (www.vero.fi). 

What kind of cost estimate (budget) is sufficient?

The cost estimate should be as realistic as possible and included the anticipated income and expenses for your project. Overestimating the amount required can detract from the credibility of the project. A certain amount of self financing is also required. If it is a big project, you should apply for support from more than one place. State grants may be used to cover only part of the total funding of the activities or project and cannot cover the full sum unless there is a particular reason.

How should I calculate the value of my own work in the expenses for project grants?

You can refer to the amount of artist grants for guidelines. Information about artist grants

What makes for a good application?

A good application is concise and accurately describes the work plan or project idea. The cost estimate should be realistic and feasible. Applications must also comply with the requirements stipulated in the call for applications. A good application and the previous activities of the applicant will help convince the decision-maker that you are the right person to carry it out.

How can I make sure that my application arrives on time?

The safest way to make sure your application arrives on time is to submit it electronically via our online services in good time before the congestion on the last day. Applications must arrive by 4pm on the last day of the application period. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their application arrives on time.

You can check the deadline on the call for applications on the Taike website.

Why is the decision-making process so long?

First, civil servants must prepare applications for the arts council. Elected officials then review the applications, after which they are processed at a meeting of the relevant arts council and subcommittee or board. After the meeting, the decisions are fed into Taike’s electronic system, where they are also signed. After all the signatures have been obtained, the decisions are sent to the applicants.  

Each year Taike receives around 13,000 applications, most of which are grant applications. Decisions for applications in autumn cannot be taken before the annual state budget is approved in January.

Why was I not awarded a grant?

All decisions are made on the basis of peer reviews. The quality of other applications received for the same grant will also influence the decision.

Regional and linguistic factors are also taken into consideration, as is the amount of funds available to be awarded. Attention is also paid to gender equality.

Decisions are not explained on a case-by-case basis. Further information is available on the Taike website under Decision-making > Decision-making criteria.

Will I receive a written reply to my application?

All applicants receive written notification of the decision via our online services. Applicants who submitted their application on paper are notified by post.

Are grants for literature available for writing narrative or creative non-fiction?

Taike’s grants for literature are intended for works of fiction. The only exception to this is library grants for writers and translators, the application period for which begins in January. Some library grants are awarded to writers of non-fiction.

Questions about clarifications

Is it possible to change the intended use of a grant or the period in which the grant is used?

If you would like to make changes, you must first submit a request to do so in  our online services.

What to include in your request:

  • Grounds for requesting a change
  • Your new plan or schedule
  • Revised budget
  • Whether the change in schedule refers to the period when the grant is used, the date when clarification will be submitted, or both.

Requets should be made as soon as possible and no later than the end of the year in which the grant is awarded.

Can I transfer my grant to a company account?

No. Grants awarded to private individuals are intended to cover the expenses listed in the application form. Grants and subsidies are tax free for private individuals, so they cannot be transferred to the account of a company or other community. If it emerges during the clarification process that a grant or subsidy has been transferred to the account of a company or other community, the grant or subsidy in question must be repaid to Taike.

The grant for our working group shall be divided among the members of the working group to cover their work expenses in accordance with the plan in the application. Will the members of the working group have to pay tax on their share of the grant?
If all the members of the working group are included in the original application, then no. Compensation paid to persons outside the working group is subject to withholding taxes and social security payments. The contact person for the working group should keep payment receipts for all payments made to members of the working group for auditing purposes, but they do not have to be included in the clarification.

Where can I check the contents of my application and the members of the working group?
If you have submitted your application electronically via our online services, you can find applications and decisions there. If you submitted your application on paper, please contact Taike’s customer service.

What do I do if my working plan or a member of the working group changes?
The grant has been awarded on the basis of your application. However, the intended use of the grant may be changed for a particular reason. You can submit a request to change the intended use of the grant via our online services. Requests should be made as soon as possible so that they can be processed before the end of the grant period.

Since Taike grants are tax free income for private individuals, they can only be paid to the members of the working group listed in the application. If you would like to make changes to the the members of your working group, you must first submit a request to do so. Remember to include the CV of the new member.

What do I do if I have not used the grant in part or in full?
Any part of a grant that is not used must be returned to the account of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Instructions for doing so are included with the decision. Amounts of less than 100 euros do not need to be returned.

How should kilometre compensation be included in the clarification for a project grant?
Reasonable kilometre compensation may be considered an acceptable cost for a project grant, for example in order to transport works of art. Kilometre compensation is calculated according to the amount of travel allowance applied in the taxation of private individuals, i.e. €0.25/km (Finnish Tax Administration, 2021).

Will I be informed once my grant clarification has been approved?
No, confirmation is not sent for clarifications. However, if your clarification is incomplete or we have any questions about it, we will contact you.

Can students be awarded a grant?
Taike grants are intended for professional artists. Artist grants are not awarded to support studies or thesis work related to vocational qualifications or higher or lower university degrees.

Viimeksi muokattu: 07.05.2021

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