Varsinais-Suomi Grants

The next Varsinais-Suomi Regional Fund grant application period takes place from 11 Jan to 10 Feb 2021 until 4 pm local Finnish time.

Eligible Applicants

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 1,320,000 euros from the general fund and the different donor funds in the 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.

Approximately 80,000 euros has been earmarked for research focusing on the cultural and social change in the Salo region and museum operations. The application can be multiyear.

Regional Fund Special Purpose Grants

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:

  • Terttu Enckell, medicine and pharmacy
  • Mandi Eskola, earmarked for scholarships
  • Hilkka and Helvi Heinonen, cancers and heart diseases
  • Astrid Joutseno, earmarked for scholarships
  • Seija and Kyösti Jumppanen, science and art
  • Viivi and Niilo Kallio, research and museum operations in the Salo region
  • Annikki and Kalevi Koponen, technology
  • Lea Koskelo-Lassila, art and culture in the Loimaa area and cancer research
  • Children's Fund, children's diseases and other research focused on children and the youth
  • Länsivoima Oyj (plc), earmarked for scholarships
  • Eero Mustakallio, bacteriology and serology
  • The Aaltonens of Pertteli, medicine, esp. cardiovascular diseases and cancer research
  • Niilo and Malin Saarnio, historical research, esp. Vakka-Suomi region
  • A.A. Sakrelius, intangible and economic culture in Varsinais-Suomi
  • Martti Salmi, soil science
  • Salon Seudun Sanomat, studies of the youth and research in the newspaper distribution area
  • Urho Snellman, musical art
  • Turun Sanomat, research in communications and social life, promoting reading culture
  • Hertta and Veikko Valtonen, cardiovascular diseases
  • Varma and Vilho Varkko, visual art, classical music
  • Lyli and Kalle Vihanto, research and artistic work in the Loimaa economic area

Grant Guidance

Grant-related enquiries should be sent to Enquiries may also be directed to Fund Officer Timo Vuorisalo and Secretary Anniina Majanlahti-Binaku.

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 on May 13th 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

Asiamies Timo Vuorisalo
Fund Officer
Varsinais-Suomen rahaston sihteeri Anniina Majanlahti-Binaku