Any and all artists may apply for a grant for international work, either for a residency offered by the Finnish Cultural Foundation that includes a working grant or for an expense grant for self-arranged residencies or other international work.

In one application period, you may apply either for a residency offered by the Finnish Cultural Foundation or for a mobility grant, not both. Applications can be submitted between 10 August and 31 August using the online service of the Finnish Cultural Foundation. The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. EET on 31 August.

In 2019, the Finnish Cultural Foundation offers the following residencies:

  • Hôtel Chevillon, France, four months for visual artists.
  • SeMa Nanji, South Korea, three months for visual artists.
  • Tokyo Arts and Space Residency, Japan, three months for visual artists (single artist or duo).
  • Artspace, Australia, three months for visual artists (single artist or duo).
  • O Espaço do Tempo, Portugal, two to four weeks for dancers and stage performers (working groups of five or fewer).
  • Institute for Provocation, China, three months for artists.
  • Triangle, USA, three months for visual artists.

The schedules and details for each residency can be found here.

The working grant for the three to four month residencies is €2,000 per month with an additional €500 for travel to Europe and €1,000 for travel to far-off destinations. The grant for O Espaço do Tempo residency is €800 per person per two weeks or €1200 per person per three weeks per artist. The residency includes land transport from Lisbon and full upkeep, but no separate travel grant.

One application can be used to apply for multiple visual arts residencies. The residencies' order of importance must be noted on the application, and the working plan must specify how work will differ at each residency. The application and its appendices must be filled out in English. If you only apply for residency at Hôtel Chevillon, you may submit your application in Finnish.

Mobility grants for 2019

The purpose of the mobility grant is to enable artists to spend time abroad to discover new tools and networks that support their art practise. Applicants must spend a minimum of two weeks at the destination to qualify for the grant. 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 trip 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 3,000 to 10,000 euros. Acceptable uses of the grant include e.g. residency costs, participation in a festival, exhibition project or international collaboration. Mobility grant cannot be used for trips related to undergraduate studies or for costs related to undergraduate studies abroad. You may apply for the grant for trips taking place after the awarding decision (30 November). The mobility grant application cannot be used to apply for a working grant; working must be funded by other means. Receiving a mobility grant does not preclude you from receiving a working grant in the future application periods of the Finnish Cultural Foundation central and regional funds (from 1 to 31 October and from 10 January to 9 February).

Expenses covered by the grant: 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 concisely describe the content of the project, and must also list the destination, duration and dates of travel. The applicant must list their relevant accomplishments and their motivation for the trip or trips 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 submitting

You must include your curriculum vitae (maximum three pages) and portfolio or photographs of your artistic work. If you apply for a mobility grant, you must also include a budget, and may include relevant project-related documentation, such as a letter of acceptance or an invite. Large images (over three megabytes) and videos cannot be uploaded. We suggest that you provide a link to these files, for example to your homepage. 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, applicants may scan them and include them as an appendix.

After submitting their application, the applicant must verify that the application's status in the system is "sent". Submitted applications may be cancelled using the application management function. Other changes to submitted applications are not possible.

Reporting regarding the grant, commitment

The Finnish Cultural Foundation requires that the applicant commit to following the instructions they receive as they apply for the grant, following the plan they have proposed and that they report to the Foundation any external funding received during the processing of the application. The Foundation also requires applicants to commit to observing the guidelines for grantees, should they receive the grant. The guidelines for grantees are available here.

The destination specified in the mobility grant application may not be retrospectively changed and the trip must last two weeks. The office of the Finnish Cultural Foundation will not permit a change of purpose for these changes – instead, the grant will be considered to have been 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; the changes must be reported when the grant is cleared using the grantees' online service.

Awarded grants must be cleared using the online service of the Finnish Cultural Foundation within one year from the grant being deposited. Not reporting the grant will render the applicant ineligible for future grants.

Announcement of decisions

The selected artists will be notified of their residency and the decisions will be announced on the website of the Finnish Cultural Foundation during the autumn of 2018 as the destinations confirm them. The grantee must confirm their residency within two weeks of receiving the notice. All awarded grants are published by 31 December 2018 on the website of the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Applicants will be notified of the decision regarding their mobility grant and the decisions will be announced by 30 November 2018 on the website of the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Contact information

All practical enquiries regarding applications should be directed to, tel. +358 9 612 810. Additional information about 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