Lapland Grants

The next Lapland 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 Lapland Regional Fund awards grants to Lappish scientists and artists for scientific or artistic work that takes place in or focuses on the region. The Fund awarded a total of 560,000 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

For the first time, a total of 30,000 euros will be awarded to support the Sami Culture. In addition, the M.S. Elomaa Fund will award 13,000 euros to support Sami students.

To support cultural activities of children and the youth, children's culture will be granted a total of 20,000 euros. Eligible applicants include, for instance, teachers or instructors of children's, school, and youth groups. In children's cultural activities, special emphasis is placed on children's participation.

For sciences and arts, it is possible to apply for a one-year grant, the total amount of which is 26,000 euros. At least one full-year working grant will be awarded in visual arts.

Regional Fund Special Purpose Grants

A.E. Nordenskiöld Scholarship

The purpose of the A.E. Nordenskiöld Scholarship is to promote the research of the Arctic, and it is open for application for researchers of any discipline. The scholarship total amount is 24,000 euros and it is awarded to an individual or a working group.

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:

  • Mikko and Sirkka Jokela Fund
  • Suoma and Veijo Kärki Fund
  • Laplands Art Fund
  • Lapland Research Fund
  • Ragnar Lassinantti Fund
  • Irja and Väinö Pekkala Fund
  • Sirkka and Ahti Risku Fund
  • Kerttu Uutela Fund
  • Aino Yliruokanen Fund

Grant Guidance

Grant-related enquiries should be sent to Enquiries may also be directed to Fund Officer Susanna Jänkälä and Secretary Piia Julkunen.

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 May 22nd. 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

Susanna Jänkälä, Lapin rahaston asiamies
Fund Officer
Piia Julkunen, Pohjois-Savon rahaston sihteeri