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Development Grants

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Information on the impact of coronavirus situation on culture grants can be found here.

!!! 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

For whom: Helsinki based registered operators. Operators that belong to the central government subsidies system (VOS) in the fields of performing arts or music are excluded from the grant.

For what: Development projects that fill at least one of the following

  • respond to the cultural sector’s development needs (e.g. when certain activities are not yet available in the city)
  • are beneficial to the field of art and culture more extensively than only to the organisations conducting the projects
  • support the City Council’s strategic and cultural policy objectives. 

Activities for which grants can be awarded include cooperation networks, experiments, new ways of working (e.g. new operating models, concepts and facility solutions), and projects intended to achieve cultural and artistic reformation and development. Financial support can also be granted to skill development projects. 

Applying for the grant takes place primarily according to announced application periods and is for the next year. A development grant may be awarded for 1–3 years at a time. Operators receiving multi-year development grants must send an application once a year so that the continuation of their grant can be confirmed. ​

The development grants can also be awarded in separate grant calls like the Helsinki Model.

The Helsinki Model

The Helsinki Model is a model for participatory local cultural work, which encourages art institutions and professional groups of artists to expand their operations beyond their own facilities and work in cooperation with the residents and communities of various neighbourhoods. Read more

Applicants must meet the culture grant criteria and submit their applications by the deadline via the City of Helsinki’s E-services.

Apply for a culture grant via the E-services (

Grant Assessment Criteria

Application Schedules

Online Application and Appendices

Application Process and Decision-making

Instructions and Links

Contact Information

Grants for Culture main page

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