Funding of Children’s Arts and Culture in Finland
In Finland, children’s arts and culture are financed by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and various foundations.
The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture grants subsidies for children’s cultural centres, as well as for national arts and culture events for children. The purpose of funding children’s cultural centres is to promote children’s equal access to arts and culture nationwide and to support the operation and networking of children’s cultural centres.
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland awards various grants and subsidies, available to those working in children’s arts and culture.
Regional arts committees action the awarding of the targeted subsidies and grants for children’s arts and culture. The purpose is to provide children with ambitious arts and culture opportunities, overseen by professionals. Projects which give children and young people roles as active participants are prioritised.
The Finnish Cultural Foundation awards grants for all fields of arts and culture. The work may be carried out either in Finland or abroad. In the field of art, the foundation grants awards for work, various projects anThe Finnish Cultural Foundation awards grants for all areas of arts and culture. The initiatives may be carried out either in Finland or abroad. In the field of arts, the Foundation grants awards for work, various projects and, to a limited extent, studies. The Foundation has reserved separate funds for grants in children’s arts and culture. The Finnish Cultural Foundation is the principal funder of Finland’s largest cultural campaign for adolescents, Art Testers.
Some private foundations and funds also support children’s cultural activities. The Aurora database can be used to search for funding opportunities in sciences, arts and culture. The database includes Finnish and foreign funding organisations and programmes, which are available for Finns or residents of Finland. The database can be used free of charge.