Project and development grants

NB! The application period for project and development grants as well as art grants (1 month, 3 months) ended on 2 September 2019.

We will make decisions on the applications in September and October. Every applicant will be informed of the outcome of their application by email. The processing of the applications may be delayed because of the strike of Posti employees that occurred at the end of the application period.


The aim of project and development grants is, for example, to implement various festivals and other art events, organize cultural events that increase the participation of residents and support the work of artists. Grants can also be applied for starting and developing artistic activities. Project and development grants support activities and projects that renew cultural activities or develop event and project activities in Espoo.

Project and development grants for cultural activities
Applying for a project and development grant
Report on the use of the project grant

The application forms can be found in the Forms section >

Project and development grants for cultural activities

Local culture grants
For whom: The grants are intended for cultural actors, communities, work groups and private persons
For what purpose: To implement festivals, other art events and cultural productions, as well as to implement cultural events that increase the participation of citizens and to projects of regional inclusive cultural work. To cultural projects that support the Council’s strategic goals and cultural policy goals.

Development grants
For whom: The grants are intended for professional art and cultural communities in Espoo.
For what purpose: To developed new operating models within the art and cultural organisation or in collaboration between actors in the field, can also be used as project funding when applying for multi-annual EU grants. To cultural projects that support the Council’s strategic goals and cultural policy goals. If the development grant is applied for as part of EU project funding, the application should also include a report on the EU support applied for and the project model.

Grants for starting and developing artistic activities
For whom: For cultural actors, communities, work groups and private persons
In activities organised with the grant for artistic activities, the economic and geographical accessibility of the activity, the everyday lives and different backgrounds of families and the various ways of learning must be taken into account. Art content must be at the core of the activity, and the instructor of the activity must have expertise in the art form in question. When grants are awarded, projects targeted at residential areas with very little artistic activities available are primarily taken into account.

Applying for a project and development grant

When: Project and development grants are continuously open for application from the beginning of February to the end of August. The application period ends on the last day of August at 3:45 pm. If the last day of the application period falls on a Saturday of a Sunday, the application period will end on the weekday following the weekend at 3:45 pm.

The Culture Committee decides on grants at its meetings. The project and development grants will be decided at the meetings between March and September.

How: Project and development grants are applied for using an application form. Applicant must append the budget of the project (obligatory appendix) to the application. 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 in the announcement 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.

Other project and development grant terms

  • The project and development grant must be used in accordance with the plan and budget presented in the grant application.
  • The Culture Committee may award a project and development grant, for example, for the implementation of a cultural event also after the event has been realised if the project and development grant application has been submitted before the event date.
  • The project and development grant may be used for operations in accordance with the application in the year it was granted as well as in the following year

Project and development grants will not be awarded for

  • Basic education, vocational education or afternoon activities for comprehensive school pupils
  • As a rule, rents on premises
  • Party political or religious events
  • Events discriminative against any group of people
  • Events organised by parents’ associations, Christmas parties or annual celebrations of communities or associations
  • Two productions with the same content to the same applicant during the same application period
  • As a rule, the same applicant cannot be awarded with the project and development grant for repetitious activities.

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

Report on the use of the project and development grant

A report on the use of the grant must be submitted to the Cultural Unit within three months from the end of the project. The report is to be submitted using a report form. More information and report form can be downloaded here.