The Fund awards grants for local culture work and projects, for artistic work, art projects, art events and cultural occasions of representatives from all fields of art, for cultural heritage, and for local culture. The working grants of individuals are primarily awarded for one year (26,000€) or six months (13,000€). The Fund grants no multiyear grants. The Uusimaa Regional Fund does not fund scientific research and does not award working grants exceeding one calendar year. Grants may be applied for costs and expenditure that occurs after the administrative committee of the fund has made their grant decisions in early April. The minimum grant sum is 2,000€. The Fund will award a total of 1,340,000 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 Uusimaa Regional Fund supports the following fields of art: architecture, cinema, literature (incl. non-fiction), visual arts, children's culture, dramatic arts (theatre, dance, and circus), games, musical art, design, art handicrafts, and art photography
In addition, the Fund supports local culture work, including for example, recording tradition and displaying it, histories of local communities and associations, projects directed towards local cultural and natural environment, and exhibitions, events, etc. connected to such subject matter.
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.
The aim of this form of support is to promote participation, communality, and cultural parity or increase the quality of life of minorities, those in need of special support or care, or people otherwise living in socially vulnerable context, through means of high-quality art and culture.
The work, project, or event may be carried out, for example, in local cultural or care communities, or among a special group, and it may happen with means of different fields of art. The projects to receive support value, besides artistic vision and quality, especially the dialogic cooperation between the artist and the participants, having the participants' own voice heard, and shaping the aims of the project through the needs defined by the participants themselves. The participants and audiences of the art are met on equal footing, as active producers and experiencers of art, not simply as an audience. In case of care institution projects, an initial commitment from the project partners including their contact information is required. Approximately 100,000 euros will be earmarked for these grants.
The grants are awarded from a general fund and those donor funds open for application in the next round:
- Harri Hakala Fund
- Sirkka, Kauko, and Matti Holma Fund
- Kauko Kammonen Fund
- Markku Salonen Fund
- Suomen Lehtiyhtymä Fund
Grant-related enquiries may be directed to Fund Officer Leena Tammivuori and Secretary Anu Aaltonen. Please contact the Fund primarily by phone.
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 12th 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.