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Grants for culture Changes to the conditions and the assessment criteria starting from June 1, 2022

The grants for culture, their conditions, and their assessment criteria have been updated. The change will come into effect on 1 June 2022. The updates are based on the new service strategy of the Culture and Leisure division of the City of Helsinki and aim to add clarity to the grants. Two information events will be organised. Read more


Recovery grants for arts and culture 2022-2023 

For more information about the upcoming recovery grants:

The briefing for grant applicants concerning the recovery grants for arts and culture 2022-2023 was organised on Tuesday April 5, at 15-16.30 (Teams meeting). Thank your for participation!


Helsinki is looking for more actors for organising the activities of the Finnish model for leisure activities

The leisure activities following the Finnish model are arranged in cooperation with organisations, clubs, companies and other actors. Activities are organised at all comprehensive schools in Helsinki in Finnish, Swedish and English. Helsinki is now looking for more actors for organising the activities. The next competitive tendering for the organisation of leisure activities will be arranged for the school year 2022–2023. Read more


Ask about culture grants -event for grant applicants on 16 March, 2022

Thank you for participating! Please find the presentation here (in Finnish). 


Recovery grants for arts and culture in Autumn 2021

The Culture and Leisure Division is announcing the start of an application period for fixed-term grants, whose aim is to restore operational volumes to the pre-pandemic level and reduce the direct and indirect adverse effects of the pandemic. A total of €2.12 million will be awarded as grants to operators in the arts and culture sector to mitigate harm caused by the coronavirus. These grants will be part of the entire pool of grants of the Culture and Leisure Division, worth €3.5 million in total. Grants will be allocated in a way that promotes the recovery of the culture and arts sector and events, as well as hobbies organised for children and young people, as part of a pandemic recovery scheme. The application perios starts on 20 September 2021 and ends on 8 October at 4pm. Two information events will be organised  in January 2022. Read more


The impact of the coronavirus situation on grants

The culture and leisure committee decided at its meeting held on 24 August 2021 that grants awarded in the Culture and Leisure Division for 2021 will not be recovered if the financially supported operations were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more


Special grants for independent operators in the field of dance

The City of Helsinki, the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the University of the Arts Helsinki will launch a pilot project to promote the skill development and performance-related operations of established independent dance communities at Tanssin talo. The culture and library sub-committee gave its decision on the matter at its meeting on 26 August 2021. The City of Helsinki and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland will fund the operators’ projects with €100,000 each. The application period is 4 October  22 October at 4pm. Two briefing sessions will be organised in JanuaryRead more


Currently ongoing grant calls

Check out the updated application schedules here


Ask about culture grants -event on 11 August, 2021

Thank you for participating in this information event (Teams meeting). Please find the presentation here (in Finnish). 

two people discussing about culture grants in Fredriksberg


Changes to E-services

Use of Katso service will be discontinued — users must move to Suomi.fi service

The use of the Katso service will be discontinued. The Katso service will be replaced by Suomi.fi e-Identification and Suomi.fi e-Authorizations. Now is a good time to set up Suomi.fi e-Authorizations, as it will enable the use the services of Kela, the Finnish Tax Administration, the Incomes Register and other authorities also after the Katso service has been discontinued.

In January 2021, it will no longer be possible to use the Katso ID for identification and the roles and authorisations in the Katso service will no longer be valid. The authorisations currently in the Katso service will not be transferred to the new service. They must be created again in Suomi.fi e-Authorizations. Read more

Register of Associations renewed 18 September 2019: Business ID for all associations 

The Register of Associations of the PRH will be renewed in its entirety on 18 September 2019. All information systems and services will be revised. Along with the renewal, all associations will receive a Business ID. Business IDs will replace the registration numbers associations were given before. Read more


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You can have the meeting agendas and decision bulletins of the City of Helsinki’s Culture and Leisure Division sent directly to your email address via STT Info. Subscribe to STT Info’s newsletters


Reminder of the use of Helsinki’s logo

If possible, grant recipients should include the City of Helsinki’s logo in their communications and marketing materials. The logo has a Finnish, a Swedish and a bilingual version. Furthermore, grant recipients must always mention the City of Helsinki’s name among their event sponsors. Download Helsinki’s logo


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The visiting addreess of the Partnerships and Grants Unit (Cultural Services and Support) 

Our visiting address is Fredriksberg, Konepajankuja 1, 00510 Helsinki. Make an appointment


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