GRANT: COVID-19 grants for artists and professionals in the culture and creative sectors

Call for applications

Application period:

16.06.2021 – 30.06.2021
The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 on the last day of the application period.


The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) requires that applicants familiarise themselves with the call for applications before filling in the application.

Intended recipients

These working grants are intended for professional artists and professionals in the culture and creative sector whose work and livelihoods have been reduced or ceased altogether due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These grants are intended for the applicant’s own work or for the resumption of creative work and activities in a situation where the applicant has lost work opportunities or been prevented from practicing his or her profession. The grant can be used, for example, to maintain professional skills, to plan resumption activities, for practicing, for artistic or creative work, or for activities that support these.

This support is not available to applicants

  • who are working during the same period on a state artist grant or other working grant awarded by Taike for a period of at least four months
  • who have received a supplementary state artist pension
  • who have a full-time, monthly paid job.

If you work as an entrepreneur, submit just one application: either as a private person (this call for applications) or as an entrepreneur (Taike’s COVID-19 subsidies for private traders and sole proprietors).

Amount of support and terms

The amount of each grant is 6000 euros, which is intended to support three months of work during the period 1.9. – 31.12.2021.

The grant recipient may select the working months within this period.

Other paid employment during the grant period is permitted. As a general rule, an unemployment allowance or labour market subsidy is not paid during the grant period. Grant recipients should check with the payer of such benefits (unemployment fund or Kela).

Grants awarded for artistic activities are tax free. (Income Tax Act, Section 82).

Who evaluates and decides

A multisectoral panel of experts convened from Taike’s arts councils shall evaluate applications and the director shall make the final decisions based on a proposal by a special advisor.

On what basis applications are evaluated

The awarding of support is based on an evaluation of individual applications, a comparison between applications and an overall assessment of applications. Three evaluation criteria are used to evaluate applications.

Evaluation criteria:

1. Professionalism of the applicant

  • The applicant’s description of previous activities in the art, culture and creative sectors.

2. Working plan

  • The applicant’s plan for working on the grant. This work may involve, for example, maintaining professional skills, planning resumption activities, practicing, artistic or creative work, or other similar activities.

3. Reduction in work and income due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • The applicant’s clarification.

All three evaluation criteria must be met in order to be eligible for a grant. Applications shall be compared with each other in the overall evaluation. The decision-making shall take into account previous COVID-19 grants that have been received, any support that may have been awarded by other parties, the regional distribution of applicants, subgenres within artforms, equality and fair treatment. The amount of available funding shall also be taken into consideration. All grants are discretionary, i.e. there is no subjective right to them, even if all the criteria are fulfilled.

Additional terms and conditions

  • The period of time during which the grant must be used (1.9. – 31.12.2021) cannot be changed.
  • The intended use of the grant as described by the applicant in the application is public information.
  • Recipients must submit written clarification of how the grant was used after the end of the grant period.

Grounds for not awarding the support

  • If the application arrives after the application deadline. Applications must be received by Taike by 4:00pm on the last day of the application period.
  • If the application is incomplete and the required information has not been supplied before the end of the application period.
  • If the applicant has not submitted written clarification of support previously awarded by Taike before the given deadline.

Decisions are subject to the Act (657/2012) and statute (727/2012) on Taiteen edistämiskeskus (only in Finnish); the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers (688/2001); and the Administrative Procedure Act (434/2003). The Arts Promotion Centre Finland monitors the use of grants and is entitled if necessary to review the finances and activities of the recipient.

How to apply

What to include with your application

Applications should not include attachments. However, visual arts applicants may include 1 to 5 images of their works in pdf format (maximum file size 4 Mb), including details about the name, technique, size and date of each work. Files containing videos or other moving images may not be sent as attachments.

Attachments may not be sent by e-mail. Applications and attachments will not be returned.


Log in and fill in the application online

To log in you will need eBanking identifiers, a mobile certificate or an electronic ID card.

Instructions for using online services

If you are unable to use our online services, please contact Taike’s customer service.

Notification of decision

All applicants shall receive written notification of the decision by the end of August. You will be informed by e-mail when the decision can be accessed from our online services. If you do not receive the e-mail to your inbox, check also your junk mail folder. Applicants are responsible for checking their e-mail messages on the address supplied in the application.

Decisions made by Taike are public. For example, the media has the right to receive information about grant recipients. However, you may prohibit the publication of your name on the Taike website. If you give permission for publication on the website and have indicated your artist name in the application, it will be published together with your official name.

Further information

t. 0295 330 700