North Ostrobothnia Grants
The Fund awards grants to scientists and artists born or currently residing in the North Ostrobothnia region, for scientific or artistic work, cultural activities, or local culture work taking place in or focused on the region. The Fund will award a total of 690,000 euros in the January 2020 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 fund encourages bold initiatives when applying for a grant. Our focus areas are activities and research focusing on children and the youth.
Regional Fund Special Purpose Grants
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
At least 20,000 euros have been primarily 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.
The grants are awarded from a general fund and those donor funds open for application in the next round:
- Ilkka Kaakinen Fund
- Längman's Entrepreneur Fund
- The Oulu Osuuspankki's Study Abroad Fund
- Oulu Matriculation Fund
- Karl Ivar Rinne Fund
- Aune and Alfred Rossi Fund
- Niilo Ryhtä Fund
- Fanny and Yrjö Similä Fund
- Aino Soilis Fund
Grant-related enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Enquiries may also be directed to Fund Officer Jari Sivonen and Secretary Tittamari Marttinen.
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 North Ostrobothnia Regional Fund will be held in May 2020.