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Helsinki quick grant

The City of Helsinki offers quick grant to promote new kinds of activities, togetherness and remote work digitally or otherwise. The total amount of the quick grant is 300 000 euros, and the maximum amount per applicant is 5 000 euros. The aim of the quick grant is to quickly utilize new innovative and digital ways of participation for the citizens. The application period is continuous and will begin on Monday Marc 23. Processing the applications will be prioritized.

Arts and Culture Grants: The city will award project based arts and culture grants of maximum 5 000 euros to projects that have a focus on quickly utilizing new innovative or digital ways of reaching audiences by streaming performances or in an otherwise suitable way during the period of the public restrictions.

You can apply for the grants using the same online application form and according to the same instructions and guidelines as in regular project based arts and culture grants. More information on these can be found on these webpages. Please mention that you are applying for the quick grants in your description of your project.

The application period is continuous for the time being, applications will be taken as groups to be processed approximately every two weeks. The evaluating process will be accelerated, and the decisions will be made as municipal officeholder decisions. The applications that have been submitted by March 27 4pm will be the first round of applications to be processed.

Please note!

The e-services have experienced heavy traffic on Friday March 27 and have not been working properly. This was the intended deadline for the first round of Arts and Culture Grant applications to be processed as Helsinki quick grants.

Because of the problems in the e-services there is still a possibility to submit the application until Sunday March 29 midnight and be included in the first round. Prolonging the deadline over the weekend will hopefully relieve the stress on the system and give everybody a change to submit their application as planned. Unfortunately customer service from the grants specialists is not available during the weekend. The application period for the quick grants is continuous, and applications that are submitted after Sunday March 29 will be processed as part of the next round of quick grants.

Grants that have already been awarded will not be called back

The city has many ways of supporting culture, sports, youth work and citizen’s activities. Because of the closures and cancellations of activities caused by the coronavirus the city has decided not to call back the grants that have already been awarded to culture and leisure. The grants can be moved to be used later, even up to the spring of next year, or the content of the activities can be altered with a low threshold. The city acknowledges the situation, is flexible with the use of the grants, and understands that circumstances have changed and become more difficult.

Because of the special circumstances caused by the coronavirus the arts and culture grants, grants for basic arts education, and development grants awarded by the City of Helsinki for the year 2020 can be used until 31 May 2021 for the same or similar activities as presented in the applicants original plans. 

Grants that have been used in such a way will not be called back. 

When adjusting or delaying the activities the receiver of the grant is to consider that the use of the grant is not in contradiction with the purpose of the original grant decision or the general guidelines for grants. 

There is no need to apply for or seek a separate decision regarding the changes to activities caused by the coronavirus situation. However the grant receiver is to keep a record of the changes and describe them when reporting on the use of the grant. The grant receivers are to follow all current instructions given by officials. 

However, please note that if the grant goes unused, it should be paid back. This means that if the activities that have received a grant are cancelled, cannot be moved or adjusted, and no costs have been caused by the activities, the grant should be paid back. Likewise, if the activities are not carried out or are carried out on a significantly smaller scale, and the costs caused by the activities are smaller than the grant, the unused part of the grant should be paid back. More precise instructions regarding the possible refunds will be given at a later stage on these webpages.

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Helsinki awards approximately 17 million euros a year in grants to art and culture. Arts and culture grants are available for both continuous and project-based activities. Development grants may be applied for projects intended to last for 1–3 years. In addition, the City awards grants to educational institutions that provide basic arts education and organises separate grant calls occasionally.

When applying for grants, please read the criteria and application instructions carefully. Applications are submitted via the City of Helsinki’s E-services.

Apply for a culture grant via the City of Helsinki’s E-services (

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