Central Ostrobothnia Grants

The next Central Ostrobothnia Regional Fund grant application period takes place from 10 Jan to 10 Feb 2022 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, scientific or artistic work taking place or focusing on the region, as well as cultural and development projects. The Fund awards six-month, one-year and multiyear grants, which may also be granted for part-time artistic or scientific work. The Fund awarded a total of 465,000 euros in the January 2021 round of applications.

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 Ostrobothnia Fund awards grants in all areas of culture. The Fund promotes cultural undertakings from professionally implemented ones to those conducted by amateurs, as well as children and the youth.

The Fund awards six-month, one-year and multiyear grants, which may also be granted for part-time artistic or scientific work. The minimum grant that can be awarded is 2,000 euros.

In the January 2021 round of applications, the Fund supported especially the promotion of inclusion among youth and young adults, the accessibility of culture in different physical and virtual environments, and work targeting the future of culture and ensuring its continuity.

Regional Fund Special Purpose Grants

Spearhead Projects

Spearhead projects requiring larger-than-usual funding will receive a minimum of 40,000 euros in the form of one or two grants. Such projects require fresh or exceptional points of view, content, quality, or design.

Art for Institutions

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:

  • Taimi and Viljam Avila Fund
  • Antti Chydenius Fund
  • Pirkko and Antti Hietaniemi Fund
  • Fanny, Ilmi, and Toivo Hietavuori Fund
  • Maria and Eino Isohanni Fund
  • Konsta Jylhä Fund
  • Kyösti Kallio Fund
  • Aaro Lintilä Fund
  • Aili and Viljo S. Määttälä Fund
  • Oskari Tokoi Fund
  • Hanna and Evald Vainio Fund
  • Liisa and Kustaa Vilkuna Fund

Grant Guidance

Grant-related enquiries should be sent to keski-pohjanmaa@skr.fi. Enquiries may also be directed to Fund Officer Mika Virkkala and Secretary Piia Hietanen.

Grant Decisions

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 2021 were announced on April 10th. Both favourable and unfavourable grant decisions are sent to grant applicants by email approximately two weeks before that. The grants can be withdrawn after May 18th.

Contact information

Asiamies Mika Virkkala
Fund Officer
Sihteeri Piia Hietanen