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Application Schedules

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Arts and culture grants under 50,000 euros can be continuously applied for. However, when applying for a grant for a full calendar year, the application must be submitted before the beginning of the year in question by the date stated in the application deadline. Grants are not awarded retrospectively. Arts and culture grants, basic arts education grants and development grants of 50,000 euros or more have specific application periods. All applications must be submitted by 4 pm on the last application day at the latest.

Arts and culture grants

Arts and culture grants for activities taking place in 2021

Grants of less than 50,000 euros for activities taking place in 2021 can be applied for during the continuous application procedure for 2021.

The preparation and decision schedule fof spring 2021 is as follows:

  • Deadline for applications 4 December, 2020 4 pm – Decisions at the Culture and Library Sub-committee's meeting on 9 February, 2021.

  • Deadline for applications 5 February, 2021 4 pm – Decisions at the Culture and Library Sub-committee's meeting on 23 March, 2021.

  • Deadline for applications 6 April, 2021 4 pm – Decisions at the Culture and Library Sub-committee's meeting on 18 May, 2021.

 The preparation and decision schedule for fall 2021 will be published later.

The schedule of municipal officeholder decisions mainly follows that of the Culture and Library Sub-committee's meetings.

The deadline for applying for grants for continuous activities covering the whole of 2021 has passed on 4 December 2020. Grants are not awarded retrospectively.

Grants of 50,000 euros or more can be applied once a year for the following year. The deadline for applications regarding 2021 has passed.


Multi-year arts and culture grants

The multi-year grants are mainly intended for operators who have previously been granted a minimum of 50,000 euros. Those who have been awarded multi-year grants must submit an application yearly during their grant period to renew the grant. 


The deadline for applications regarding 2021 has passed. The deadline for applications regarding 2022 will be published later.

No new applicants will be considered for the multi-year grants for the year 2022.


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Grants for basic arts education

Grants for basic arts education can be applied for once a year for the following year. 

The deadline for applications regarding 2021 has passed. The deadline for applications regarding 2022 will be published later.

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Development grants

Development grants can primarily be applied for once a year for the following year. Those who have been awarded the development grant must submit an application yearly during their grant period to renew the grant. 

The deadline for applications regarding 2021 has passed. The deadline for applications regarding 2022 will be published later.

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Development grants for the Helsinki model projects

The deadline for development grants for the Helsinki model projects regarding 2021 has passed. The deadline for applications regarding the period 2022-2024 will be published later.

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Grants to promote the cultural activities of elderly people

The application opens on 1 February 2021 and closes on 26 February 2021 4pm. Decisions will be made at the Culture and Library Sub-committee's meeting on the 29 April 2021.


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Art and Culture Grants

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Basic Arts Education Grants

Grant Criteria

Online Application and Appendices

Application Process and Decision-making

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