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 10 January to 10 February. The application period ends at 4 pm Finnish time (EET) on the deadline day.

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 11 May 2022 or, at the latest, one year from this date. Expenditure grants may also be used for expenses incurring only from 11 May 2022 onward.

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 General Application Guidelines. 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.

It is advisable to become acquainted with the general guidelines early on and the special characteristics or possible special purpose grants of the regional funds on their own homepages.

More information about the individual emphases of the regional funds and their contact information can be found from the links below:

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

The regional funds organised a virtual annual gala in spring 2021, where it was possible to meet earlier grant recipients from all regions. The recording Matkalla Suomessa (Traveling through Finland) can be watched at (in Finnish.)