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The e-service for grant applications is renewed

You may have noticed that the websites for the City of Helsinki's cultural services have been renewed. The assessment criteria and instructions for grants are the same as before, but the information about the grants has been redistributed on the new web pages according to the different grant categories.
 
The e-service for applications is also gradually being renewed and our goal is to improve the handling and decision-making processes so that they better correspond to the needs of the field. 

  • Important note! The case folders in the old e-service will be taken out of use during the autumn and thus the current information about the applicants will not be transferred to the new e-service. Therefore, if necessary, download your application or their information from the old service for your own needs by 10th September 2023 at the latest, as you may need the information, for example, for reporting on previous projects or activities. The link to the old service is: https://asiointi.hel.fi/.

Gradual renewal

The transition to the new application system is taking place gradually. The first category of applications, which are made in the new system, are applications for Project Grants, from 17th August onward. Until Wednesday 16th August the application process takes place in the old e-service. These applications are processed at the Culture and Library Sub-Comittee's meeting on 28th September 2023. 

The old e-service and the old application forms are still being used for applying Operational Grants, Development Grants and the Helsinki Model Development Grants for the year 2024. The application is already open, and the application period ends on 31st August at 16. These types of applications will only be made in the new e-service later in the year 2024. 

Applications for Operational Grants for Basic Art Education are made in the new e-service during the month of September and the application must be submitted no later than Thu 28the September at 16. An info event is organized for the applicants in August-September. Please note that the continuation applications for Development Grants for Basic Art Education are still made in the old application system and the deadline for them is also Thu 28th September at 16.

  • Please note! Our new online service has been built to support the new application processes and therefore the instructions on the new pages apply to the new system. Instructions for applications according to the old system can be found on this page

Application Schedules in the autumn 2023

The upcoming deadlines for cultural grants are as follows: 

Project Grants for the year 2023

Project Grants for projects taking place during the year 2023 can be applied for during the year 2023. Project Grants are applied for until the 16 August in the old e-service. From 17 August onward application takes place in the new e-service.

The preparation and decision-making schedule for autumn 2023 is as follows:

  • Applications received by 16.00 on Wednesday, 16 August will be processed at the meeting of the Culture and Library Sub-committee on Thursday 28 September 2023.
  • Applications received by 16.00 on Wednesday, 20 September 2023 will be processed at the meeting of the Culture and Library Sub-committee on Tuesday, 7 November 2023.
  • Applications received by 16.00 on Wednesday, 25 October 2023 will be processed at the meeting of the Culture and Library Sub-committee on Thursday 7 December 2023.

The preparation and decision-making schedule for applications concerning year 2024 is as follows:

  • Applications concerning projects that take place or start during the first three months of the year 2024 will be processed at the meeting of the Culture and Library sub-committee on Thursday 7 December 2023, if the application is received between Thursday 17 August 2023 and Wednesday 20 September 2023 by 16.00.
  • Applications concerning projects for the year 2024 received by 16.00 on Wednesday 29 November 2023 will be processed at the meeting of the Culture and Library Sub-Committee at the beginning of the year 2024.

Otherwise Project Grants for the year 2024 can be applied for during the year 2024 according to the preparation and decision-making schedule of that year.

Operational Grants for the year 2024

It is possible to apply for an Operational Grant once a year for the following year. The application period for operational grants for 2024 is until 31 August 2023. Please note that the application of Operational Grants for 2024 takes place in the old e-service.

Multi-Year Operational Grants

The Multi-Year Operational Grant application period in the city’s e-services ends 31st August 2023. Don’t forget to submit your application by 16:00 on the last day of the application period. Please note that the application of Multi-Year Operational Grants for 2024 takes place in the old e-service.

Grants for the Basic Education in the Arts and the teaching permits

It is possible to apply for a Basic Arts Education Grant once a year for the following year. Applications for 2024 are submitted by 16.00 on Thursday, 28 September 2023 and are decided on at a meeting of the Culture and Library Sub-committee in November 2023. Please note that the application takes place in the new e-service.

New teaching permits for basic arts education or changes to the permits for 2024 should be submitted by 1 February 2024 at 16.00. 

Development grants

Generally, it is possible to apply for a Development Grant once a year for a development project that will start or will be implemented in the following year. Operators receiving Multi-Year Development Grants must submit a follow-up application once a year to confirm the grant for the following year. The application of Development Grants for 2024 takes place in the old e-service.

The application period for 2024 development grants ends on Thursday, 31 August 2023 at 16:00. The application period also applies to follow-up applications. 

Helsinki Model development grants

The Helsinki Model project operators for the 2022−2024 season have been selected. The grant call will take place in 2024. The application period for Helsinki Model follow-up applications will end on Thursday, 31 August 2023 at 16.00.

Welcome to the "Age-friendly cultural services ABC" webinar on Thu 7 September from 12:30 to 15:30!

  When do we need accessible cultural services especially aimed at the elderly? If the elderly find it difficult to participate in cultural events, for example. Each of us has the right to arts and culture. The right remains, even if the ability to function or one's own resources to participate weaken with age.

The themes of the webinar include accessibility of cultural services, the elderly as a customer group and resource-oriented encounters. We will also hear everyday examples of things that enable the realization of the cultural rights of the elderly and which, on the other hand, can prevent this in an environment where there’s already a need for support in everyday life. Hopefully, the webinar will also challenge us to think about the role of the culture and art professionals when the levels of interaction and participation are different due to, for example, sensory impairment or memory disease.

The webinar is aimed at art and culture professionals and employees of the City of Helsinki's cultural services who work with these themes or otherwise want to increase their own expertise.

The national AILI network of cultural senior and elderly work has received funding for the year 2023 from the Arts Promotion Center Finland (Taike) for the AURA project. The project maps the current state of the cultural well-being of the elderly in the interface work of the network's 13 municipalities and new welfare areas. The project is part of the implementation of the National Program of Ageing 2030 by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The webinar is a part of the AURA project.

The webinar will be held on Thursday 7 September from 12:30 to 15:30. You can register for the webinar via the registration link, and you will receive the Teams link in your email during the week of the webinar. The webinar is free of charge, and it will be held in Finnish.
For more information about the webinar, please contact Veera Sillanpää, the project designer of the AURA project, veera.sillanpaa[at]hel.fi. 
 

Welcome to ask about grants!

We at the unit of grants for arts and culture in the city gladly welcome you to a cup coffee and a chat about applications and grants for arts and culture. You don´t have to sign up beforehand. Warmly welcome!

Time: Wednesday 8 March 2023 at 3 pm – 5 pm.

Address: The lobby of Fredriksberg house B, Konepajankuja 3 B, 00510 Helsinki.

New partner newsletter for operators interested in grants for culture

Welcome to the new newsletter of the partnership unit of the City of Helsinki Cultural Services and Support! It is aimed at anyone interested in the grants for culture and cultural activities of the City of Helsinki, such as Helsinki-based arts, culture and neighbourhood organisations, umbrella organisations and lobbyists in the field of arts and culture, private persons interested in organising events and representatives of the media. Published four to six times per year, the newsletter provides information about topical issues concerning cultural operators, such as grant calls, projects and information events. 

Read the last partner newsletter published in June 2023. (in Finnish)

Subscribe to the partner newsletter. (in Finnish)

Ask about grants 18 January 2023

The City of Helsinki organised a culture information event at the facilities of the City of Helsinki Culture and Leisure Division in Vallila. Thank you to all participants! See the materials from the event (pdf, in Finnish)

Time: Wednesday, 18 January 2023 15.00–17.30
Place: Fredriksberg building, lobby B, address Konepajankuja 3 B, FI-00510 Helsinki

Payment of operational grants 2023

Operational grants are paid in one to three instalments, depending on the amount of the grant. Grants of less than EUR 20,000 will be paid in a single instalment on 13 January 2023. Grants of EUR 20,000–50,000 will be paid in two instalments on 13 January and 7 April 2023. Grants of more than EUR 50,000 will be paid in three instalments on 13 January, 7 April and 7 September 2023.

The application for grants to promote cultural activities for the elderly will be opened in January 2023 

The grants are intended to make cultural activities more accessible and increase the wellbeing of elderly residents of Helsinki. The objective is to enhance the opportunities of elderly people living at home to participate in cultural activities.

The call for applications started on 9 January and ended on 10 February 2023 at 16.00. In 2023, the funding allocated for the cultural activities of the elderly in the Culture and Leisure Division is EUR 1.3 million

Three information sessions on the grant application procedure were arranged:

  • 12 December 2022 from 14.00 to 15.30, an online event
  • 10 January 2023 from 13.00 to 16:00 in the lobby of Fredriksberg B building at Konepajankuja 3 B, FI-00510 Helsinki
  • 16 January 2023 from 13.00to 16.00, an online event: a Teams recording of the information event (YouTube) 

Call for tenders on events in the Kalasatama area

Events in the Kalasatama area are part of the Kalasatama environmental art project, aiming to improve the comfort of the residents during the long construction phase. The call for applications, now organised for the ninth time, seeks events, performances, cultural and artistic projects that will enliven the Kalasatama residential area, make it more comfortable and promote a sense of community. The applicant must be a registered association such as a professional art community, an art institution or a residents’ association. The applications were to be submitted by 3 February 2023 at 16.00. Read more about the call for applications