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Grants for Culture

Helsinki awards approximately 17 million euros a year in grants to art and culture. Arts and culture grants are available for operational grants and as project grants. Development grants may be applied for projects intended to last for 1–3 years. In addition, the City awards grants to educational institutions that provide basic arts education and organises separate grant calls occasionally.

When applying for grants, please read the criteria and application instructions carefully. Applications are submitted via the City of Helsinki’s E-services.

The grants for culture, their conditions, and their assessment criteria have been updated. The change will come into effect on 1 June 2022. Read more

Impact of the coronavirus-situation on culture grants

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Arts and Culture Grants

Development Grants

Basic Arts Education Grants

Separate Grant Calls

Art and Culture Awards

Grant Assessment Criteria

Application Schedules

Online Application and Required Appendices

Application Process and Decision-making

Using a Grant and Creating Reports

Instructions and Links

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

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Cultural event in Helsinki

Photo: Helsinki Material Bank