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Grants for sports

The City of Helsinki supports sports clubs and special groups by distributing about 8 million euros as grants each year. The grants include operating grants, targeted grants and event grants for events promoting physical activity and sports in Helsinki.
Other grant types include a start grant for sports clubs that have been in operation for less than a year, an orienteering map grant for covering the printing costs of orienteering maps and a grant for other associations promoting physical activity.

When applying for grants, please read carefully the grant awarding criteria and the application instructions.

Grants for sports are awarded annually to Helsinki sports clubs and for the physical activity operations of pensioners and special groups in accordance with the grant application instructions (PDF) confirmed by the Sport Sub-committee. Grants are primarily applied for electronically at asiointi.hel.fi


Grants for sports in 2022

The Sport Sub-committee decided the grant criteria in a meeting held on 2 November. When the City Council has reached a decision on the budget for 2022, the Sport Sub-committee shall make a decision on splitting the grant appropriations between the different types of grants.


  • Operating grant (the share of operating and using facilities), application deadline 15 February 2022 at 23:59.
  • Grants for other associations promoting physical activity, application deadline 15 February 2022 at 23:59.
  • Orienteering map grant, application deadline 15 February 2022 at 23:59.
  • Start grant, open for application year round.
  • Event grant, open for application year round.
  • Physical activity targeted grant, open for application year round.



Current news about sports grants (In Finnish)

Grant types

Application periods and appendices 

Rewards for athletes

Online application and appendices

Using a grant and filing reports

Contact information

Go to the e-services (asiointi.hel.fi)