Grants for culture

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Current issues
Application periods
General information
Decisions on grants
Grant principles
Visibility of the City of Espoo in communication materials

Current issues

The application period for project grants and art grants is 1 February to 31 August 2021 at 15:45. The application period for annual grants and the working grant for professional artists starts on 1 April 2021.

More detailed information will be posted on this website before the application periods begin. Read more on each grant's own sub-page.  

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Culture Committee decided in March, 2020 to allow some flexibility in the application process and the use of grants. 
Read more in the news article.

Avustusklinikka

The Cultural Grants Clinic is a councelling event that anyone can attend to get information and advice. The event is held 2–3 times a year.

The next Cultural Grants Clinics will be held on 9 March and on 5 May at 15:00-18:00.

The Clinic in March will be arranged as a remote event on Teams. Join the event on Tuesday 9 March at 15:00 at the earliest by clicking here.

The details of the Clinic in May will be announced later.

No advance registration needed. Join in at your convenience!

If you need advice, please send an email to kulttuuriavustukset[at]espoo.fi

You should also check out the frequently asked questions.

Application periods

The application period for project grants and art grants in 2021 starts on 1 February and ends on 31 August at 15:45. The city makes decisions on grants every 1–2 months during the application period. Project grants should primarily be applied for through the online service. Art grants are applied for using the application form, which is submitted to the city registry.

Annual grants for 2022 will be open for application from 1 April 2021. The application deadline for professional art and culture communities is on 15 May at 15:45. The application deadline for cultural associations and local heritage associations is on 30 September 2021 at 15:45

Associations should apply for annual grants through the online service. Professional communities apply by submitting an application form to the city registry.

The application period for one-year working grant for professional artists for 2022 starts on 1 April 2021 and ends on 30 September 2021 at 15:45. 

If you cannot apply for a grant through the online service, please use the up-to-date form on our website. 

You can find all forms on the Forms page

Send your application to the City of Espoo Registry Office by email to kirjaamo[at]espoo.fi or by post: City of Espoo Registry Office, P.O. Box 1, 02070 City of Espoo.

General information
The Espoo Culture Committee awards annual grants to Espoo-based cultural actors and project grants mainly for cultural activities taking place in Espoo. In addition, the Culture Committee also awards art grants to professional artists who live in Espoo.

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

Project grants are intended for organising festivals, free cultural events that increase the participation of residents as well as art and cultural projects. You can also apply for a grant for projects that increase well-being.

Development grants are intended for the development of new operating models within art and cultural organisations or in cooperation between them. 

Art grants and the working grant can be applied for by professional artists living in Espoo irrespective of their art form. Art grants are awarded for 1–3 months. The working grant for professional artists is awarded to one artist for one year at a time. 

Decisions on grants

The Culture Committee makes decisions on grants of over 3,000 euros at its meetings. Decisions on annual grants and the working grant for professional artists (1 year) are made in December, and decisions on project grants and short-term art grants are made at meetings held between March and September.

Decisions on project grant applications and art grant applications (1–3 months) will primarily be made at the next meeting of the Culture Committee if the application arrives at the Registry Office no later than three weeks before the meeting date during the application period.

The Culture Committee's meeting schedule (in Finnish).

The Culture Committee has delegated decision-making power to the Cultural Director for grants of up to 3,000 euros. Office-holder decisions on grants are made on a monthly basis.

Information on the grant decision will be sent to each applicant by email or by post.

The minutes of the Culture Committee meetings are published on the City of Espoo website after each meeting and the revision of the minutes. The office-holder decision records are also available on the website (in Finnish):

Grant principles

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 purpose of the grants is to promote and support the accessibility of cultural activities taking into account the different areas and population groups in Espoo and to increase cooperation between different actors.

The allocation of cultural grants follows the city’s strategic policies.Further information:
CultureEspoo 2030 programme.

When awarding the grants, the Culture Committee will consider the applicant’s need for the grant, the scope of the applicant’s operations and the funds available to the Culture Committee. The applicant should aim to have a share of self-funding that is in reasonable proportion to the grant applied for.

An applicant may receive a grant for the same purpose from only one unit of the city.

The grant recipients must submit a report on the use of the grant to the Cultural Unit by the set deadline. The deadline depends on the grant.  

The report on the use of the grant is to be submitted on a pdf form. The report on the use of the grant should be sent as an email attachment to kulttuuriavustukset[at]espoo.fi.

The principles of grants awarded by the Culture Committee (pdf) can be read in full in the Attachments section of this page.

Visibility of the City of Espoo in communication materials

The logos of both the City of Espoo and CultureEspoo must be used in the communication materials related to the activities or event that he grant has been awarded 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