The Finnish Cultural Foundation awards grants for scientific and artistic work as well as for projects and acquisitions from the October round of applications.

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. 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, it is possible to apply for a regular working and/or expenditure grant or a special purpose grant, such as Art for Everyone, Additional Million-euro Funding to Science, Science Education, DNA in Time and Space and Eminentia grants. The Application Guidelines for Grants apply to all of these. Special purpose grants also have their own detailed additional guidelines.

The grants open for application will be confirmed and grant guidelines updated annually before the application period opens. The presentations below apply to the October 2022 round of applications.

Regular working and expenditure grants

Regular working and expenditure grants have been outlined in the Application Guidelines for Grants. The amount of a one-year grant intended for full-time scientific or artistic work is 28 000 euros (32 000 euros for doctoral-level research). The minimum sum applicable is 3 000 euros, apart from the dissertation expenditure grants of basic (bachelor's and master's) degree students, which range between 1 000–4 000 euros.

Art for Everyone

Artists, working groups, and professional artistic 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.

Additional Million-euro funding to Science

The Finnish Cultural Foundation is awarding approximately EUR 1 million under the theme 'new materials and technologies for green transition' in the October 2022 round of applications. 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.

Science Education

The Finnish Cultural Foundation is awarding approximately EUR 500.000 additional funding to science education aimed at children and the youth. The amount of the Science Education Grant can range from EUR 30.000 to EUR 150.000. Applications will be accepted from registered organisations and foundations, such as universities, science centres, science events and organisations in the field of science and education. More information.

DNA in Time and Space

The Finnish Cultural Foundation is awarding approximately EUR 2 million funding for projects studying ancient, environmental and sedimentary ancient DNA. The amount of the grant can range from EUR 50 000 to EUR 500 000. The grant is intended for research groups which may be based in one or more academic institutions. A registered legal entity, such as a university or research institute, may not apply. More information.


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.

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. This special purpose grant is available for applications again in 2023. More information.