Finnish Cultural Foundation has 17 regional funds. They support work conducted in the field of culture within their region by awarding grants and prizes once a year.

Applications close at 4 pm Finnish time on the last day of the application period.

Application period

The application period for regional fund grants is open from 16 January to 10 February. The application period ends at 4 pm Finnish time (EET) on the deadline day. The Uusimaa Regional Fund grant will not be accepting applications in the January 2023 round of applications. Additional information can be found on the homepage of the Uusimaa Regional Fund.

The grant decisions will be announced to the applicants between March and May. The regional funds and their homepages have further information on the decision timetables. The work to be funded with the grant now being applied may begin no earlier than 15 May 2023. Expenditure grants may also be used for expenses incurring only from 15 May 2023 onward. The grants can be withdrawn from 22 May 2023.

Eligible Applicants

The Regional Funds award grants to applicants residing or born in the region, for scientific or artistic work taking place in or focused on the region, and various cultural projects.

Types of Grants

The grants of the regional fund January application round are divided into working and expenditure grants. They are introduced in the Application Guidelines for Grants. Special purpose grants in the January round of applications comprise of projects focusing on the local culture, Art for Everyone grants and Spearhead grants that are awarded annually for larger than customary projects. The regions may have their own special purpose grants.

In addition, open for application in all regional funds (including Uusimaa) during the January application round is the Additional one-million-euro funding to the study of heart and cardiovascular diseases. As this form of funding is not tied to any single region, the applicants for this grant must, instead of a regional fund, select the special target grant of the regional funds, i.e. The Study of Heart and Cardiovascular Diseases Grant.

Grant Guidelines

Familiarize yourself well in advance with the Application Guidelines for Grants as well as any special characteristics of the regional funds, or possible special targets on the homepages of the regional funds.

Central Finland Grants
Central Ostrobothnia Grants
Häme Grants
Kainuu Grants
Kymenlaakso Grants
Lapland Grants
North Karelia Grants
North Ostrobothnia Grants
North Savo Grants
Pirkanmaa Grants
Päijät-Häme Grants
Satakunta Grants
South Karelia Grants
South Ostrobothnia Grants
South Savo Grants
Uusimaa Grants
Varsinais-Suomi Grants