Grants for culture

General information about grants for culture

The aim of the grants for culture is to promote the opportunities of Helsinki residents to encounter, experience, participate in, and create art and culture. This objective put into action by supporting equal access to art and culture, a lifelong connection of Helsinki residents with art, the operating conditions of operators in the field of arts and culture, the diversity and diverse offering of arts and culture, as well as urban arts and cultural activities.

The actions are guided by an understanding of the importance of arts and culture in the good life of city residents and the attraction and vitality of the city and its districts. The services offered in the city are assessed as a whole, and the grants are used to achieve a balance of their availability and diversity.

Important in the evaluation work are also the goals related to the prevention of inequality. The city strives to promote positive interactions between population groups, which is taken into account in the assessment of grants.

Helsinki awards approximately EUR 18 million per year in grants for arts and culture. Grants for arts and culture are available in the form of operational grants and project grants, as well as development grants for projects for one to three years. In addition, the city assists educational institutions providing basic arts education and organises separate grant calls as necessary.

When applying for a grant, please read the grant criteria and instructions for applying with care.

What’s new

On the page Currents you will find up-to-date information about grants for culture, events, and grant application periods. 

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On the Cultural Partnerships page, you will find up-to-date information on other issues of the Culture Partnership Unit, such as art awards, tenders and artists’ studios.

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Grant types

Arts and culture grants are awarded for artistic and cultural activities that are organised in Helsinki and are open to the general public. The grants are directed at supporting activities that are geared towards Helsinki residents, bring people together and into contact with artistic and cultural content, and offer possibilities for encounters and interaction. Arts and culture grants include two types of grants: operational grants and project grants.

Read more about project grants.

Arts and culture grants are awarded for artistic and cultural activities that are organised in Helsinki and are open to the general public. The grants are directed at supporting activities that are geared towards Helsinki residents, bring people together and into contact with artistic and cultural content, and offer possibilities for encounters and interaction. Arts and culture grants include two types of grants: operational grants and project grants. 

Operational grants are awarded to Helsinki-based registered organisations that have been operating as registered for at least one fiscal year. 

Read more about operational grants.

Arts and culture grants are awarded for artistic and cultural activities that are organised in Helsinki and are open to the general public. The grants are directed at supporting activities that are geared towards Helsinki residents, bring people together and into contact with artistic and cultural content, and offer possibilities for encounters and interaction. Arts and culture grants include two types of grants: operational grants and project grants.

Read more about multi-year operational grants.

Development grants are awarded to Helsinki-based registered operators that are not included in the central government subsidies system (VOS) in the fields of performing arts or music.

Read more about development grants. 

The Helsinki Model is a model for inclusive regional cultural work which encourages art institutions and art professionals to work outside their own organisations in different city districts in cooperation with local residents and communities.

The aim of the Helsinki Model is to balance out and diversify the artistic and cultural offerings of the Helsinki districts, as well as to boost a sense of community and positive profiling of the districts and cultural inclusion of residents. 

Read more about the Helsinki Model development grants.

Basic arts education is progressive and goal-oriented instruction in various forms of art, mainly intended for children and young people, which provides the students with skills to express themselves and apply for vocational or higher education in a specific arts discipline.

Read more about basic arts education grants.

Development projects in basic arts education can receive grants for one to three years between 2023 and 2025. An annual appropriation of EUR 300,000 has been earmarked for the grants. The call for applications is directed at Helsinki-based art operators that are not included in the central government subsidies system (VOS) in the field of basic art education. 

Read more about development grants for basic art education. 

The targeted grants are intended for educational institutions in Helsinki providing basic arts education that also provide weighted-curriculum music education in the form of music clubs. The grants are intended for music club activities for pupils in weighted-curriculum music education in 2021–2023. The music club activities must be integrated into the pupils’ school day, and the service provider’s teachers must handle the teaching. 

Read more about the targeted grant for the provision of club activities in weighted-curriculum music education.

The discretionary targeted grants are intended for cultural activities that increase the wellbeing and functional capacity of elderly Helsinki residents. You can apply for the grant from 9 January to 10 February 2023 until 16.00. The Culture and Library Sub-committee will decide on the projects to be funded at its meeting on 18 April 2023. 

Read more about the grant for the promotion of cultural activities for the elderly. 

Guidance and support 

We have compiled general instructions for the application of cultural grants.

Read the guidance and support section(Link leads to external service).

Contact information 

For more information about culture grants, please contact the culture grant coordinators. 

See the contact information.