The Finnish Cultural Foundation's Central Fund awards grants for scientific and artistic work as well as for projects and acquisitions.

Grant Application Schedule

Grant applications close at 4 pm Finnish time (EET) on the last day of the application period. The grant decisions are released about a week before the end of the January round of applications.

Grant-funded work may begin no sooner than February or no later than within one year from it. An expenditure grant may only be used for expenses dated from February onwards.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include all Finnish nationals and people and organisations residing or working in Finland. Others are eligible as well, provided their application demonstrates clear, strong ties to Finland or Finnish culture.

Types of Grants

In the October round of applications, two types of grants can be applied for: working grants and expenditure grants. These grants have been outlined in the General Guidelines.

In conjunction with the October round of applications, the Central Fund accepts applications for Eminentia, Art for Institutions, Dig It! archaeology initiative and Additional million-euro funding.


The Finnish Cultural Foundation annually awards one or more Eminentia grants to senior scientists or artists based on applications. The grant amount is 25 000 euros. More information.

Art for Institutions

Artists, working groups, and registered organisations are eligible to apply for the Art for Institutions grant for their work or projects. The aim of the grant is to promote the equal realisation of cultural rights and to improve the quality of life of people in need of care or special support, through art. More information.

Dig It! archaeology initiative

The Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Dig It! archaeology initiative is designed to create opportunities for primary and secondary school students to take part in archaeological activities in their local area, and to promote their awareness and interest in scientific research methods, their own local heritage and history generally. More information.

Additional million-euro funding for science

The Cultural Foundation grants a sum of about a million euros to an annually changing discipline in the October application round. More information.