Annual grants

The application time for annual grants for 2020 will open from 4 March 2019. Application deadline is at 15 May 2019 at 3.45 pm. An exception to this is the grant application for registered local heritage associations, which must be delivered by 30 September 2019 at 3.45 pm. From the beginning of 2019 operational grants are known as annual grants.

An annual grant is general assistance for its recipient, and should be used for activities in accordance with the purpose and operating plan presented by the recipient of the grant. Assistance cannot be granted if the financial situation of the association is so poor that no general conditions exist for activities.

Professional art and cultural institutions receiving an operating grant should take into account in their operational assessment and budget that, in collaboration, the City of Espoo may require the organisation to participate or perform in an event of the city without additional compensation.

You can read more about the evaluation of applications and the criteria for grants on the website under the section Grants.

Annual grants for cultural activities

Annual grants for professional art and cultural institutions and art festivals
For whom:
The grants are intended for registered art and cultural institutions and art festivals operating in Espoo.
For what purpose: To enable the operations of professional and established art and cultural institutions.

Annual grants for art and cultural associations
For whom:
The grants are intended for registered art and cultural associations in Espoo.
For what purpose: To enable the operations of various art and cultural associations.

Annual grants for local heritage associations
For whom:
The grants are intended for registered local heritage associations in Espoo.
For what purpose: To support city district activities.

Applying for an Annual grant

When: Annual grants for the next calendar year can be applied for once a year.

The application period for professional art and cultural institutions and festivals as well as for art and cultural associations ends annually at 15 May at 3.45 pm. If the last day of the application period falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the application period will end on the weekday following the weekend at 3:45 pm.

The application period for local heritage associations ends at the end of September, on the last day of the month at 3.45 pm. If the last day of the application period falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the application period will end on the weekday following the weekend at 3:45 pm.

How: Annual grants are applied for using an application form. The city may request that the application be supplemented after its submission. Application form can be downloaded here.

The grant applications are to be submitted by the deadline mentioned to the City of Espoo Registry Office at PO Box 1, FI-02070 City of Espoo. The application form and appendices may also be submitted to the Registry Office electronically at kirjaamo(at)espoo.fi.

Receiving a grant requires that the application and the required appendices have been submitted by the deadline to the location mentioned in the announcement and that the application has been duly completed. Delayed or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Appendices required for annual grant applications

  • Operating plan for the application year and current year
  • Budget for the application year and current year
  • Annual report, financial statements and auditor’s report for the previous year as well as an extract from the Register of Associations
  • Rules of the association (new applicants)
     

Report on the use of the annual grant

A report on the use of the annual grant must be submitted to the Cultural Unit by the end of April of the following year. The report is to be submitted using a report form. More information and the report forms can be downloaded here.

The association receiving assistance undertakes to keep its accounts and administration open for accounting audits. If the assistance recipient violates the terms of the grant, the grant will be recovered.