The purpose of the Art² grant of the Finnish Cultural Foundation is to help bring high-quality art productions to a wider audience. This grant targeted for institutions of art and registered associations is meant to help find ways for artistically first-rate productions to reach larger audiences - or find ways by which the artistic quality of these productions may be improved.
The grant also encourages the piloting of new production models aimed at accomplishing these goals. Institutions and associations active in any field of art as well as projects that combine various fields are eligible to apply for the grant.
The purpose of the grant is to ensure that the parties concerned can plan and prepare their projects thoroughly and involve a wide range of different parties in the implementation process.
There may be new models for cooperation between independent artists and established institutions in Finland and other countries, improved versions of existing productions and tours attracting wider audiences. The aim is also to make artistic productions more accessible to wider audiences and renew production structures.
The Finnish Cultural Foundation will provide between 100 000 and 200 000 euros for one project for a maximum of three years. The grant may be used to cover the extra pay and other costs arising from the new cooperation, long-term preparations or such cost items as mobility.
Applications for the Art² grant may be submitted by registered arts associations, foundations and public arts institutions. If necessary, they can submit joint applications or join forces with independent actors. The grant is not available to private individuals or working groups acting on their own.
The application is a two-stage process: On the first application round, a maximum of ten interesting projects will be selected for further consideration. The projects selected to the second round may be provided with a maximum of 4 000 euroa for further development, for example for hiring of an outside consultant. Feedback on the project will be provided and the project managers will be requested to submit more detailed project plans and budgets within two months of the decisions made on the first application round. The funding decisions will only be made after the completion of this process.
The project assessment will be on the basis of the following criteria:
- How will the project improve artistic quality?
- How will the project help to attract wider audiences for arts?
- What kind of new production models are piloted in the project?
The support will be provided as a single grant and no follow-on grants will be available. However, the project plan must contain an assessment on the project impacts during the next five years and how funding will be arranged if the activities will be on a permanent basis.