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Grant Criteria

A uniform set of assessment criteria is used when evaluating applications. Read through the criteria before submitting your application and consider your operations in relation to them. Your organisation does not need to meet all the assessment criteria in order to receive a grant, but larger grants require that the applicants convincingly meet a higher number of the criteria. The application form includes questions connected to the assessment criteria, and by answering them you can explain how the criteria are met by an activity that is to be realised with a grant. Depending on the size of the grant you are applying for, it may not be necessary to fill in all the fields in the electronic application form. Read more about the evaluation criteria applied to different grant levels below.

Further information on different types of grants:


The assessment criteria for financial support granted by the Culture and Library Sub-committee:


Artistic quality

The assessment of artistic quality evaluates

  • the strength of an activity’s artistic idea 
  • how clearly an application explains the activity’s artistic qualities (e.g. vision, mission, the uniqueness of the activity)
  • how professional, ambitious, attractive and effective the activity is within its field 
  • the project’s potential of creating something new
  • the artistic goals of the project or activity and how this is reflected by the planned operations.

Diversity and equality

The assessment of diversity and equality evaluates

  • how the activity will diversify the culture and art available in the city
  • how the activity complements other artistic and cultural operations or introduces content that is not otherwise available in the city
  • how the activity adds strength to how art and culture reflect a Helsinki that has multiple voices and faces
  • how the activity promotes equality in Helsinki.

Accessibility and availability

The assessment of accessibility and availability evaluates

  • how the activity is made socially, culturally and financially more accessible for the audience and participants
  • how the activity increases the number of spectators and participants in art and culture and encourages people to engage in a more extensive dialogue about art
  • how the target groups have been determined and what measures will be used to reach different groups
  • how the activity will be conducted within a specific area.

Participation

The assessment participation evaluates

  • how the activity builds community spirit in the city
  • the opportunities for customers and residents to participate in the assessment, planning and realisation of the activity
  • how the activity will utilise and strengthen operating methods that are based on networks and communities
  •  how the activity encourages more extensive participation in creating art.

Operational quality and implementation

The assessment of the implementation and resources evaluates

  • how professional and credible the activity is
  • the activity’s effect on business, its partnerships and scope, and whether the applicant can present proof of positive financial and operational development from previous years
  • how feasible and realistic the activity described in the application is
  • how necessary the grant is for the realisation of the activity
  • how uniform a whole the goals, the plan and its implementation create  how diverse the resources are 
  • what financial risks are involved in the project 
  • whether the application shows that the organisation can evaluate its operations and perform self-reflection.


The Helsinki Model assessment criteria

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Basic arts education grant criteria

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In addition, the following instructions are followed when processing grant applications:


Grant levels (Arts and culture grants)

With the arts and culture grants, the grant criteria is applied as follows, depending on the grant amount:

  • Under 5,000 euros: The amount applied for may be granted if the activity meets 1–2 assessment criteria. The grant will be awarded for the current year.
  • 5,000–49,999 euros: The amount applied for may be granted if both the working methods and action plan meet several of the assessment criteria. The grant will be awarded for the current year.
  • 50,000–149,999 euros: The amount may be granted if several of the assessment criteria have been met well and they have a positive effect on the development of the activity. The applicant must be a registered operator. The financial support will be granted for the following year.
  • 150,000 euros or more: The amount applied for may be granted if the goals, working methods, activities and plans are constantly being developed in accordance with all of the assessment criteria. The applicant must be a registered operator. The financial support will be granted for the following year.

The application form includes several questions, and by answering them you can explain and demonstrate how the criteria are met by the project or activity for which you are applying the grant.


Apply for a culture grant via the E-services (asiointi.hel.fi)

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Instructions and Links

Contact Information

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