Due to the exceptional situation caused by the coronavirus, we will not claim back the annual grants for 2020 even if the grant recipients’ activities change or are cancelled. We will also give you some flexibility with regard to the deadlines for appendices required for annual grant applications and for reports on the use of grants. If you need advice, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Project and development grants as well as art grants (1 and 3 months) for professional artists for 2021 will be open for application from 3 February, 2020
to 31 August, 2020.
Project and development grants should primarily be applied for through the online service. The service is available for registered communities, private individuals and work groups.
Go to the online application start page
Until further notice, use the PDF forms to apply for other types of culture grants or create reports for all types of grants.
Annual grants for 2021 will be open for application from 2 March, 2020 until 15 May, 2020. An exception to this is the annual-grant application period for city district associations and local heritage associations, which will end at 30 September, 2020.
The application period for one-year working grant will begin on 2 March and continue till 30 September, 2020.
The Cultural Grants Clinic is an event that anyone can attend to get information and advice. We organise it 2–3 times a year. T
he next event will be held in March 2021.
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Grants: General information
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.
Decisions on grants
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.
Meeting times of the Culture Committee (in Finnish)
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.
General terms and conditions of grants
The following aspects of the application will be assessed:
- Artistic quality
- 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
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.
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