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Updates about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on our operations
20.3.2020
We will update information and guidelines concerning the current situation on this page.

18.3. (Updated on March 20)

Impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s grant rules 

The Finnish Cultural Foundation will accept, without separate notification, a six-month extension to the fulfillment of the purpose for which the grant was obtained, and to the submission of the report on the use of the grant, for those grantees whose work plans are affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

If the use of the grant for its original purpose cannot be delayed and the grantee wishes to change the purpose of use of the grant, this must be agreed in advance with the Cultural Foundation.

If, as a grantee, you are prevented by the coronavirus outbreak from fulfilling a work or research plan exactly according to your original grant application, but you can adjust the plan slightly in order to continue the work, you do not have to interrupt or postpone the use of an individual working grant that was awarded for covering living expenses.  If this is the case, you do not have to be in touch with the Cultural Foundation. (Update on March 20)

If a grantee is unable to organise a planned event or similar arrangement due to the coronavirus, the Finnish Cultural Foundation will not ask for the reimbursement of monies that have already been spent. However, the unused portion of the grant must either be returned, or a change in its purpose of use must be negotiated (in advance) with the Foundation.

With regard to residency grants, the primary aim is to postpone the residency until a later date. If this is not possible, residency grants may be changed into artist’s working grants. This must be agreed in advance with the Foundation.

For mobility grants, the aim is to postpone them until a later date.


The Regional Funds will not hold annual ceremonies this spring. Applications from the January round will be processed as usual, however.

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