Changes to cultural grants were introduced as of 1 January 2019. The general terms and conditions of grants have been updated on this website.
Project and development grants (formerly: project grants) as well as art grants will be open for application from 4 February 2019 until 2 September 2019 at 3.45 pm.
Annual grants (formerly: operating grants) for 2020 will be open for application from 4 March 2019 until 15 May 2019 at 3.45 pm. An exception to this will be the annual-grant application period for city district associations and local heritage associations, which will end at 30 September at 3.45 pm.
Working grants for professional artists for 2020 will be open for application from 4 March until 30 September 2019 at 3.45 pm.
The application forms can be found in the Forms section from 24 January >
The Espoo Culture Committee awards annual grants and project and develpoment 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 as well as art grants for one month and three months.
Annual 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 and development grants, in turn, is to implement various festivals and other art events and projects as well as develop new operating models within art and cultural organisations or as collaboration. Project and development grant can also be applied for starting and developing artistic activities.
Art grants and a working grant can be applied by the professional artists in Espoo irrespective of art form.
The Culture Committee makes decisions on grants of over €3,000 at its meetings. Decisions on annual grants and working grants for professional artists (1 year) are made in December, and decisions on project and development grants as well as art grants (3 months) are made at meetings held between March and September.
Project and development grant applications or art grant applications (3 months) will primarily be decided at the next meeting of the Culture Committee when they arrive at the Registry Office no later than three weeks before the meeting date during the application period.
The Culture Committee has delegated decision-making power to the Cultural Director for grants of up to €3,000. This applies to project and development grants as well as 1-month art grants. Office-holder decisions on grants are made on a monthly basis.
The following aspects of the application will be assessed:
Diversity and equality
Accessibility and availability
Involvement and participation
Functional quality and implementation
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.
The allocation of cultural grants follows the city’s strategic policies.
The CultureEspoo 2030 programme approved by the Espoo City Council in 2015 >
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.
General terms and conditions of grants awarded by Espoo Culture Committee (pdf) can be read in full in the Attachments section of this page.
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