Häme Grants

The next Häme 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

The Häme Regional Fund awards grants to applicants born or residing in the region, and for scientific or artistic work taking place in or focused on the region. The Fund awarded a total of 645,000 euros in the January 2021 round of applications.

Please ensure that your work is specifically located in the region of the Häme Regional Fund and not, for example, the region of Päijät-Häme. (Please click here for a list of municipalities belonging to the Häme Regional Fund.)

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

When making grant decisions, the fund gives precedence to applicants born or residing in the Häme region, to scientific or artistic work taking place or focusing on the region, as well as to regionally significant cultural undertakings.

The grants are awarded to private individuals, working groups, and organisations to advance sciences and arts in the Häme region. The grants are meant for postgraduate studies and research in all fields of science, and artistic work.

The Fund would particularly like to encourage applying funding for undertakings that look for new connections between fields of science and art.

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:

  • Taisto Ahtola Fund
  • Martti Alikari Fund
  • Ulla Heikkilä Fund
  • Tapio and Maire Järvinen Fund
  • Väinö and Hilkka Kiltti Fund
  • Allan Liuhala Fund
  • Tyyne and Lauri Peltonen Fund
  • Maire and Risto Pätiälä Fund
  • Liisa and Leena Raija Fund
  • Heikki and Terttu Westerlund Fund

Grant Guidance

Grant-related enquiries should be sent to hame@skr.fi. Enquiries may also be directed to Fund Officer Taija Tuominen and Secretary Iida Honkanen.

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 wereannounced on May 21th. 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

Taija Tuominen, Hämeen rahaston asiamies
Fund Officer
contacts before midday