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 announced by email about a week before the end of the January round of applications in the first week of February.

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.

Grant Purpose

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 Everyone, Dig It! archaeology initiative and Additional million-euro funding.


The Finnish Cultural Foundation annually awards one or more Eminentia grants to researchers or artists in the later stages of a long scientific or artistic career. The grant amount is 25 000 euros. More information.

Art for Everyone

Artists, working groups, artistic professional, and registered organisations are eligible to apply for the Art for Everyone grant for their work, project-related expenses, or both together. The aim of the grant is to increase the opportunities of people in need of care or support to experience high-quality art and in this way promote cultural equality. 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 in general. More information.

Additional million-euro funding for science

In its October 2021 application round, the Cultural Foundation awards around a million euros for studies focusing on nutrition and health. The funding will be used to support no more than five research projects. Eligible applicants include working groups; universities and research institutions, however, are ineligible. More information.