The Finnish Cultural Foundation awards grants to different fields of science, art, and culture through its Central Fund and 17 regional funds. The Foundation awards grants for scientific and artistic work as well as for projects and acquisitions to Finnish nationals or to people or organisations residing and working in Finland. Funding is also granted to other applicants whose applications demonstrate strong connections to Finland or Finnish culture.

Four Rounds of Applications

The annual grant cycle comprises of the regional funds' January round of applications, and the Central Fund's March, August, and October rounds of applications.

Applications are submitted to the Cultural Foundation through the Online Application Service within the application periods. The opening and closing dates of application periods can be found on the on the main pages of each application round. The Online Application Service closes at 4 pm Finnish time (Eastern European Time) on the last day of each application period.

The grants open for application are detailed on the main pages of each application round. The grants will be confirmed before each application period.

Application Guidelines

It is advisable to become acquainted both with the General Guidelines and with the guidelines for special grants, which are linked on the main page of each application round.

Other Grants

In addition to the above application rounds, the Cultural Foundation actively supports science and art through other organisations as well. Grants open for application through our associates are introduced here.


For enquiries, the Foundation can be contacted by tel. (+358 (0)9 612810, switch) between 9 am and 3 pm on weekdays or by email at ( Any enquiries regarding the January round of applications should be directed to the regional funds. Technical enquiries concerning the use of online services may be sent by email (

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