The Finnish Cultural Foundation also awards multi-year grants of 2-4 years for personal, full-time work. Since only a limited number of these grants are awarded, some of the multi-year grant applicants are awarded shorter grants instead.

The continuation of multi-year grants awarded by the Central Fund and the regional funds is applied for in a different manner. The multi-year nature of the grant is mentioned separately in the grant decision..

The continuation application for the second, third, and fourth year funding of a multi-year grant awarded by the Central Fund should be submitted on the Online Application Service approx. two months before the grant is to be made available.

If the grant is a multi-year grant awarded by a regional fund, the continuation funding is applied for in the January round of applications with the regional fund's separate application (not the continuation application in the online service).

The continuation grant will be awarded, provided the project is progressing as planned and the applicant hasn't received corresponding funding from other sources. Continuation grant usually equals to a regular full-year grant of the Cultural Foundation. Note that the requirement in the general guidelines of clear, strong ties of the grant or its applicant to Finland or Finnish culture must also be satisfied in the case of multi-year grant continuation applications.

The continuation application must include a short report on the progress of the work and a brief plan for the new grant period, in total no more than about two pages. These attachments should outline the most significant of the possible changes to the original plan.

A doctoral researcher must append in their application a statement from their supervisor.

Possible funding from other sources must be stated clearly in the application.

Grant Period of Use

The purpose of multi-year grants is to offer an opportunity as continuous as possible for scientific or artistic work.

The first-year grant instalment must be transferred within three years of the date it was awarded on. The final instalment of a multi-year grant must be transferred within five years of the date the first-year grant was awarded on.

Grant Report

A report on the progress of the project attached to the second, third, and fourth year application of a grant awarded as multi-year replaces the separately submitted first-year reports on the use of the grant.

A final report on the use of the grant must be made within one year of the final payment of the last year of the multi-year grant. The report is made and submitted in the Online Services for Grantees. Submitting the report requires signing into the Online Services using Finnish online banking credentials. A failure to submit a report will prevent the grantee from being awarded a grant in the future.