Artists from any field of art may apply for a grant for working abroad. The mobility grant is intended to cover the costs of independently organised residencies or other types of work in foreign countries. In each application round of the Cultural Foundation, you may apply either for one of the Foundation’s residencies or for the mobility grant, but not for both.

Applications are sent online via the Cultural Foundation’s website. Applications close at 4 pm Finnish time on the last day of the application period.

Mobility grants for 2020

The purpose of the mobility grant is to enable artists to spend time abroad to discover new tools and networks that support their artistic practice. Applicants must spend a minimum of two weeks at the destination to qualify. Expenses from several trips can be collected under a single application, provided that they belong to the same project, occur within one year, and include one or more trips lasting at least two weeks. The applicant may also be a working group or registered organisation, such as an association, in which case the duration requirement for a single participant is one week. All associations and organisations except those receiving regular public funding may apply.

Grants may be sought for expenses ranging from EUR 3.000 to 10.000. Acceptable uses of the grant include residency costs, festival participation, exhibition projects or international collaborations. Mobility grants cannot be used for trips included in undergraduate studies or for costs related to undergraduate studies taken abroad. You may apply for the grant for trips taking place after the awarding decision (30 November). The mobility grant is not intended as a working grant; the work itself must be funded by other means. Receiving a mobility grant does not preclude you from receiving a working grant from future application rounds of the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s central and regional funds (1–31 October or 10 January–10 February).

Expenses covered by the grant are: travel, accommodation (maximum €500/week), residency fees, shipping fees, insurance fees and other expenses directly related to travel arrangements. The grant does not cover general living costs accrued during travel or in Finland. The budget may not include a daily allowance for the duration of the trip.

The work plan summary must include the destination, duration and dates of travel, as well as a concise description of the project’s content. Applicants must list their relevant accomplishments and their motivation for the trip(s) in the designated fields. A more comprehensive work plan (maximum three pages) may be included with the application. Finnish-speaking applicants should submit their applications in Finnish.

Appendices, statements and how to submit the application

Compulsory appendices to the application are your curriculum vitae (maximum three pages) and your portfolio or photographs of your artistic work. Mobility grant applications must contain a budget, and may also include relevant project-related documentation, such as a letter of acceptance or invite. Large images (over 3 MB) and videos cannot be uploaded. We suggest that you provide a link to these files, for example to your website. Applications and appendices submitted through channels other than the application system will not be processed.

The online reference system of the Finnish Cultural Foundation is not available for use with this application. To include references, please scan and append them.

After submitting your application, please check that the application’s status in the system is marked as “sent”. Submitted applications may be cancelled using the application management function. No other changes can be made.

Grant reporting and commitment

The Finnish Cultural Foundation requires that applicants commit to following the instructions they receive as they apply for the grant, to reporting to the Foundation any external funding received during the processing of the application, and to abiding by the plan given in the application. Successful applicants must also agree to the guidelines for grantees, which can be found here.

The destination specified in the mobility grant application may not be retrospectively changed and the trip must last at least two weeks. The Cultural Foundation will not permit a change of purpose for these reasons; instead, the grant will be considered to be cancelled. The dates of travel and the content of the artistic work plan may change, and no change of purpose application need be submitted to the Foundation for this; the changes are reported when the grant is cleared using the grantees’ online service.

Awarded grants must be cleared using the online service of the Cultural Foundation within one year of the grant being deposited. A failure to report will render the applicant ineligible for future grants.

Announcement of decisions

Decisions on mobility grants will be sent to applicants and published on the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s website by 30 November.

Contact information

All practical enquiries regarding applications should be directed to, tel. +358 9 612 810 (switch). Additional information on the mobility programme is available from Senior Advisor Johanna Ruohonen. The office of the Finnish Cultural Foundation is closed in July.

Museonjohtaja Johanna Ruohonen
Senior Advisor, Museum Director, Kirpilä Art Collection