Pirkanmaa Grants

The next Pirkanmaa Regional Fund grant application period takes place from 11 Jan to 10 Feb 2021 until 4 pm local Finnish time (Eastern European Time).

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include individuals born or currently residing in Pirkanmaa and individuals, working groups, or organisations working for the benefit of Pirkanmaa – organisations that primarily carry out different scientific, artistic, and cultural undertakings. The fund can also finance large applications in science and art, provided the working plan is interesting and the project budget drawn up realistically. The Fund will award a total of 1,344,500 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 Pirkanmaa Regional Fund awards grants for artistic work, scientific postgraduate studies and research, various cultural undertakings and local culture projects.

The Fund supports insightful and high-quality undertakings, rising and innovative talents, fields and events marginalised in different ways, and local culture.

Regional Fund Special Purpose Grants

Large-scale projects combining arts and sciences

The Pirkanmaa Regional Fund wishes to encourage researchers and artists to co-operate in new ways, to form new partnerships, and to strive for ambitious initiatives that open connections between different fields. The Fund is ready to support the launch or implementation of a project combining science and art with a substantial sum.

If you are applying for a grant for this type of a project

  • Choose Art or Science on the Application form
  • On the field of application, select the one that most closely matches the field of the project. In addition choose all the best matching fields from the list
  • On the application form select Specific-purpose grants > Large-scale projects combining arts and sciences.

The work is primarily supported through individual grants, not by funding salaried work.

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:

  • Aamulehti 100 Anniversary Fund
  • Kaisa Ahonen Fund
  • Aune and Kalle Kaihari Fund
  • Ritva and Veikko Lapinleimu Fund
  • Leena Lindfors-Saraste Fund
  • Marjatta Melkas-Rusanen and Anneli Melkas Fund
  • Irmeli Näsänen Fund
  • Elli and Elvi Oksanen Fund
  • Pirkanmaa Cardiology Fund
  • Lea and Pekka Suoranta Fund
  • Aino Valvaala Fund

Additionally, open for application are the Eeva and Jouko Järvinen Fund grants which award 30,000 euros for the purpose of improving the well-being of children suffering from cancer and another 30,000 euros towards research leading to the elimination of cancer. If you are applying for a grant from the Eeva and Jouko Järvinen Fund, make sure to mention it in the beginning of your working plan.

The Donor Funds, bearing the names of their donors, will award a total of 561,000 euros in grants in the fields defined by the donors.

Should one of the donor funds open for application support the field of your application or purpose of use, please select this donor fund on your application. This applies particularly to the Pirkanmaa Cardiology Fund grants. There is no need to select a general-purpose donor fund.

The minimum grant sum awarded by the Regional Fund is 2,000 euros. A study scholarship from one of the donor funds may be less, provided it is in accordance with the fund regulations.

Grant Guidance

Grant-related enquiries should be sent to pirkanmaa@skr.fi. Enquiries may also be directed to Fund Officer Silja Minkkinen-Poikolainen and Secretary Kati Vastamäki.

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 will be announced on skr.fi on May 8th 2020 and the grants can be withdrawn after that. Both favourable and unfavourable grant decisions are sent to grant applicants by email approximately two weeks before that.

Contact information

Pirkanmaan rahaston asiamies Silja Minkkinen-Poikolainen
Fund Officer
Sihteeri Kati Vastamäki