The Päijät-Häme Regional Fund awards grants to scientists and artists born or residing in Päijät-Häme, and for scientific or artistic work that takes place in or focuses on the region. The Fund will award a total of 490,000 euros in the January 2020 round of applications. Please ensure that your work is specifically located in the region of the Päijät-Häme Regional Fund and not, for example, the region of Häme. (Please click here for a list of municipalities belonging to the Päijät-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
It is possible to apply for grants in all fields of science and art. The purpose of the grants is to preserve and develop the tangible and intangible culture of the Päijät-Häme Region.
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
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.
The grants are awarded from a general fund and those donor funds open for application in the next round:
- Heinola City 150 Anniversary Fund
- Kirsti Kantala Fund
- Lahti Industrial Association Fund
- Raute Oy (plc) Fund
- Kaisu and Antti Ravani Fund
- Sally Westerdahl Fund
- Anja and Jalo Paananen Fund - operating in connection with the Central Fund
Enquiries concerning the applications and the regional fund may be directed to Fund Officer Arto Ristola.
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 Päijät Häme Regional Fund will be held in the Sibelius Hall in Lahti on 9 May 2020.