Central Finland Grants

The next Central Finland Regional Fund grant application period takes place from 10 Jan to 10 Feb 2020 until 4 pm local Finnish time (Eastern European Time).

Eligible Applicants

When making grant decisions, the Fund gives precedence to applicants born or currently residing in the region of Central Finland, as well as to work taking place in or focusing on the region. In 2020, the Fund will award a total of 630,000 euros in working and expenditure grants.

Applying for a Grant

You may apply for a grant on the Online Application Service and provide a reference on the Online Reference Service. All applications and references must be submitted to the online service before 4 pm local Finnish time (EET) on the deadline date. Applications and references submitted in any other way will not be considered. The applicant should familiarise themselves carefully with the application guidelines and make sure they have appended all requested attachments in their application. More information on the January round of applications can be found here.

Grant Focus Areas

The Central Finland Regional Fund supports, with working and expenditure grants, scientific and artistic work, the culture of children and the youth, and projects related to cultural heritage (local culture work).

In addition, the Fund is interested in supporting new undertakings that combine science and art. For the second year, games are included as their own field of application.

Regional Fund Special Purpose Grants

Spearhead Projects

Spearhead projects are special purpose grants of the regional funds meant for undertakings that require larger-than-usual funding. For innovative projects or projects striving for significant impact, the Fund grants a total of at least 40,000 euros in the form of one or two grants of no less than 20,000 euros. Such projects require fresh or exceptional points of view, content, quality, or design – or that they are otherwise deemed as special or particularly necessary projects. The activities, for example, may take place in the area of more than one Central Finnish municipality or may bring together a wide group of agents in one project. Regional impact is considered an advantage but is not necessary.

Art for Institutions Grant

A minimum of 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.

Donor Funds

The grants are awarded from a general fund and those donor funds open for application in the next round:

  • Päiviö Hetemäki Fund
  • Betty and Eemil Ilamo Fund
  • Artturi Jämsén Fund
  • Keskimaa Fund
  • Keskisuomalainen Fund
  • Central Finland Entrepreneurship Fund
  • Aino, Eeva, and Hilkka Korhonen Fund
  • Martti Korpilahti Fund
  • Elsa and Frans Marpio Fund
  • Impi and Reino Röyti Fund
  • Oy Wilh. Schauman Ab (plc) Fund
  • Schildt Fund

Grant Guidance

The Fund will organise the following grant information sessions  in January 2020:

Tue 7 Jan 5-7 pm Jämsä, Kivipankki Gallery, Seppolantie 7
Wed 8 Jan 5-7 pm Jyväskylä, Main Library, Wolmarinsali lecture room, Vapaudenkatu 39-41
Thu 9 Jan 5-7 pm Saarijärvi town hall, Rahkola Hall, Sivulantie 11

We welcome anyone interested to find out more about the grants!

Personal guidance: Fund Officer's Grant Clinic

We will organise the following grant clinics for applicants in January 2020:

  • Mon 13 Jan 9-12 pm
  • Mon 13 Jan 2-5 pm
  • Wed 15 Jan 2-5 pm
  • Thu 16 Jan 9-12 pm
  • Fri 17 Jan 9-12 pm

Applicants may book a personal 20 min appointment for either in-person or over-the-phone grant guidance. To make a booking, please contact Fund Secretary Päivi Blå by email paivi.bla@skr.fi or by phone 050-377-0470. The clinics will be organised at the office of the Central Finland Regional Fund, Sepänkatu 4, 40100 Jyväskylä.  

When making a booking, kindly let us know

  1. Whether you would like an appointment in person or over the phone
  2. Your contact information (phone & email)
  3. Your project idea
  4. What kind of help you particularly need


Annual Gala

The grant decisions are made by an administrative committee consisting of regional experts from various fields. If necessary, outside experts can be called upon to evaluate applications. The grant decisions of the January round of applications are announced approximately two weeks before the Annual Gala and the grant can be withdrawn after the Gala. The 2020 Annual Gala of the Central Finland Regional Fund will be held in Jyväskylä on 19 May 2020.

Contact information

Asiamies Antti Niskanen
Fund Officer
Sihteeri Päivi Blå