Any and all artists and art critics may apply for an expense grant for residencies or other international work. Applications can be submitted using the online service of the Finnish Cultural Foundation. The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. EET on the last day of the application period. The grants may be used within one year from the grant decision, between June and May.

Applications can be submitted between 1 March and 29 March using the online service of the Finnish Cultural Foundation. The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. EET on the last application day.

Mobility grants

The purpose of the mobility grant is to enable artists and critics 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 (31 May). 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/person), 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

Applicants will be notified of the decision regarding their mobility grant and the decisions will be announced by 31 May 2019 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.

Museonjohtaja Johanna Ruohonen
Senior Advisor, Museum Director, Kirpilä Art Collection