Project and development grants
The application period for 2020 will begin on 3 February, 2020 and continue till 31 August, 2020 at 15:45.
Communities with a business ID may apply for culture project and development grants online from 3 February 2020 until 31 August 2020 by 15:45. Community applicants should submit their applications primarily through the online service.
Online application includes local culture grants, grants for starting and developing artistic activities and development grants for professional art and culture organisations/communities.
Applying for culture grants >
The online application process for project and development grants is under development and will later be expanded to cover private persons and working groups. Until further notice, use the PDF forms to apply for other types of culture grants or create reports for all types of grants.
The aim of project and development grants is, for example, to implement various festivals and other art events, organize cultural events that increase the participation of residents and support the work of artists. Grants can also be applied for starting and developing artistic activities. Project and development grants support activities and projects that renew cultural activities or develop event and project activities in Espoo.
Project and development grants for cultural activities
Applying for a project and development grant
Report on the use of the project grant
The application forms can be found in the Forms section >
Local culture grants
For whom: The grants are intended for cultural actors, communities, work groups and private persons
For what purpose: To implement festivals, other art events and cultural productions, as well as to implement cultural events that increase the participation of citizens and to projects of regional inclusive cultural work. To cultural projects that support the Council’s strategic goals and cultural policy goals.
For whom: The grants are intended for professional art and cultural communities in Espoo.
For what purpose: To developed new operating models within the art and cultural organisation or in collaboration between actors in the field, can also be used as project funding when applying for multi-annual EU grants. To cultural projects that support the Council’s strategic goals and cultural policy goals. If the development grant is applied for as part of EU project funding, the application should also include a report on the EU support applied for and the project model.
Grants for starting and developing artistic activities
For whom: For cultural actors, communities, work groups and private persons
In activities organised with the grant for artistic activities, the economic and geographical accessibility of the activity, the everyday lives and different backgrounds of families and the various ways of learning must be taken into account. Art content must be at the core of the activity, and the instructor of the activity must have expertise in the art form in question. When grants are awarded, projects targeted at residential areas with very little artistic activities available are primarily taken into account.
When: Project and development grants are continuously open for application from the beginning of February to the end of August. The application period ends on the last day of August at 3:45 pm. If the last day of the application period falls on a Saturday of a Sunday, the application period will end on the weekday following the weekend at 3:45 pm.
The Culture Committee decides on grants at its meetings. The project and development grants will be decided at the meetings between March and September.
Community applicants should submit their applications primarily through the online service by the deadline mentioned.
Access the online service
For private persons and working groups: project and development grants are applied for using an application form. Applicant must append the budget of the project (obligatory appendix) to the application. The city may request that the application be supplemented after its submission. Application form can be downloaded here >
The grant applications are to be submitted by the deadline mentioned to the City of Espoo Registry Office at PO Box 1, FI-02070 City of Espoo. The application form and appendices may also be submitted to the Registry Office electronically at kirjaamo(at)espoo.fi.
Receiving a grant requires that the application and the required appendices have been submitted by the deadline to the location mentioned and that the application has been duly completed. Delayed or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Other project and development grant terms
- The project and development grant must be used in accordance with the plan and budget presented in the grant application.
- The Culture Committee may award a project and development grant, for example, for the implementation of a cultural event also after the event has been realised if the project and development grant application has been submitted before the event date.
- The project and development grant may be used for operations in accordance with the application in the year it was granted as well as in the following year
Project and development grants will not be awarded for
- Basic education, vocational education or afternoon activities for comprehensive school pupils
- As a rule, rents on premises
- Party political or religious events
- Events discriminative against any group of people
- Events organised by parents’ associations, Christmas parties or annual celebrations of communities or associations
- Two productions with the same content to the same applicant during the same application period
- As a rule, the same applicant cannot be awarded with the project and development grant for repetitious activities.
You can read more about the evaluation of applications and the criteria for grants on the website under the section Grants.
A report on the use of the grant must be submitted to the Cultural Unit within three months from the end of the project. The report is to be submitted using a report form. More information and report form can be downloaded here.