The Varsinais-Suomi Regional Fund supports scientific studies, artistic work, and other cultural activities taking place in or focused on the region. The Fund will award a total of 1,390,000 euros from the general fund and the different donor funds in the 2022 January round of applications. It is possible to apply for a grant in all fields of science and art.
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 a grant in all fields of science and art.
In the evaluation of projects, it is considered an advantage if the project, by means of science or art, boosts general confidence in factual knowledge and promotes good interaction in the society. 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. There is also a minimum amount of 20 000 euros reserved for children's culture.
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 Everyone Grant
20,000 euros have been earmarked for Art for Everyone 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.
Local Culture Projects
A grant may be applied, for example, for projects focusing on local culture of the region and cultural heritage projects, such as documenting cultural heritage, showcasing of cultural environment, promoting urban and neighbourhood culture, and histories of local communities and societies, exhibitions, and events. Local Culture Projects grants may also be related to multi-location or independent-of-place local heritage projects, for home region may be taken to mean a natural environment, a built-up environment, social and mental environment, as well as a virtual home region, which a person themselves finds meaningful. Scientific research into a local culture is not considered a local culture project. Note that applicants for the local culture projects grants must choose the field of science or art that their work most closely relates to.
The grants are awarded from a general fund and those donor funds open for application in the next round:
- Paula and Esa Aho Fund
- Terttu Enckell Fund
- Mandi Eskola Fund
- Hilkka and Helvi Heinonen Fund
- Huhtamäki Oyj (plc) Fund
- Eeri Hyrkkö Fund
- Astrid Joutseno Fund
- Viivi and Niilo Kallio Fund
- Annikki and Kalevi Koponen Fund
- Länsivoima Oyj (plc) Fund
- Evi Lönnfors Fund
- The Aaltonens of Pertteli Fund
- Urho Snellman Fund
- Turun Sanomat Fund
- Hertta and Veikko Valtonen Fund
- Varma and Vilho Varkko Fund
- Lyyli and Kalle Vihanto Fund
Grant-related enquiries should be sent to email@example.com. Enquiries may also be directed to Fund Officer Timo Vuorisalo and Secretary Anniina Majanlahti-Binaku.
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 2022 will be announced at the latest on May 24th. Both favourable and unfavourable grant decisions are sent to grant applicants by email approximately two weeks before that. The grants can be withdrawn from May 11th.