Seventeen regional funds operate under the Finnish Cultural Foundation. They support cultural activities in their respective regions by awarding annual grants and prizes.

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

Priority is given to applicants born in the region, work carried out in or for the region, and cultural and development projects of special regional importance.

All 17 regional funds have the same period for applying for grants, and applications are submitted through the electronic grant application system. The grants are given out at each regional fund's own Annual Gala in the spring.

Art for Institutions

20,000 euros have been earmarked for Art for Institutions projects in the January round of applications. The aim of this form of support is to promote the equal realisation of cultural rights and to improve the quality of life of people in need of special support or care, through art. The work or project may take place in welfare and nursing institutions or other environments, the residents or users of which may otherwise have limited access to art. Possible institutions include sheltered homes, day centres, and homes of the elderly, hospitals, prisons, reception centres, care units for substance abusers, and child welfare institutions.

Local Culture Projects

The regional funds award grants for projects that aim to preserve and rejuvenate the local culture and cultural environment, such as documenting and increasing awareness of local heritage, as well as histories, exhibitions, and events of local communities and societies.

Note that scientific research into local culture is not considered local culture work.

Spearhead Projects

Spearhead projects requiring larger-than-usual funding will receive a minimum of 40,000 euros in the form of one or two grants. Such projects require fresh or exceptional points of view, content, quality, or design.

Games are open for application as a field on it's own

You may apply for a grant for artistic design (e.g. screenwriting or other content design, musical composition, or visual design) of games or for the implementation of game projects. The game specified in the application must have artistic, cultural, or social aims. There are no limitations as to the form of the game or its operating environment.

More information about the regional funds and contact information can be found 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