Current issues

Changes to cultural grants will be introduced as of 1 January 2019. We will update the new assistance principles to this website by the end of the year. More detailed information on the grants and the application instructions will be available on our website on 21 January 2019 the latest.

Project and development grants (formerly: project grants) will be open for application from 4 February 2019 until the end of August. Annual grants (formerly: operating grants) for 2020 will be open for application from March 2019 until mid-May. An exception to this will be the annual-grant application period for city district associations and local heritage associations, which will end at the end of September.

Working grants for professional artists for 2020 will be open for application from March until the end of September 2019.

Grants 2018: General information

The Espoo Culture Committee annually awards operating and project grants mainly to cultural actors from Espoo and for cultural activities taking place in Espoo. The Culture Committee also yearly awards a working grant for one professional artist who lives and works in Espoo.

Operating grants are intended to enable the operations of established art and cultural institutions as well as various art and cultural associations. Operating grants are also awarded to support local heritage work.

The aim of project grants, in turn, is to implement various festivals and other art events, support the work of artists, develop new operating models within art and cultural organisations or as collaboration as well as to assist with travel expenses of visits abroad by invitation. Project grant can also be applied for starting and developing artistic activities.

The function of assistance activities is to promote and support cultural activities in a way that is regionally balanced and takes different groups of people into account, as well as to increase cooperation between different actors.

Grants are always allocated on a discretionary basis. When grants are awarded, the applicant’s need for the grant, the quality, inclusiveness and self-funding of the applicant’s activities as well as the grant funds currently available to the Culture Committee are taken into account. The applicant should aim to have a share of self-funding that is in reasonable proportion to the grant applied for.

Assistance may be obtained for the same purpose from only one unit of the city. Grants are not awarded to the city’s own units or to activities connected to the joint municipal authority.

Visibility of the City of Espoo in communications and marketing

The logos of both the City of Espoo and CultureEspoo must be used in the communications and marketing related to the activities or event that assistance has been granted for. 

Choose the right logo for the intended use. Please note that the CultureEspoo logo is used in black on a white background (positive) or in white on a black background (negative), never within a black or a white box.

City of Espoo logotypes in the City of Espoo media bank >

CultureEspoo logotypes in the City of Espoo media bank >

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