It is possible to apply for scholarships and grants for arts and culture from both public bodies (various ministries, the Arts Promotion Center, counties, cities) as well as from state-subsidized and private foundations and funds.
You can find the most current grants from the particular scholarship databases
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You can apply for grants as a private individual, a working group or through an organisation (association, co-operative, company etc.).
The number and conditions of personal monthly grants from different granters vary slightly annually. Grants are tax-free for their recipient.
The recipient of the grant must itself take out pension and accident insurance. The insurance must be applied for within three months of the start of the grant. The application is submitted to the Farmers’ Pensions Institution in Mela.
More information on our site about Mela here.
The insurance covers all those grant recipients living in Finland whose grant is intended for at least four months of artistic work in Finland. Also, some of the foreign scholarships are covered by insurance. A person over 68 years of age or a retirement pension cannot take out insurance.
If a scholarship is applied to the work of the members of the working group, the signatory of the application will be responsible for the grant to the granting authority and, where appropriate, to the pension institution (appellate) and the taxpayer.
If the grantee is an association or other community with legal status any remuneration paid by it to an artist is regarded as salary, for which the income tax and statutory social contributions must be paid. This should be taken into consideration when planning a budget. There are some free internet programs to be used in calculating administrating salary payments to artists such as e.g. Palkka.fi. To organise its salary payment a legal community has to have Katso organisation identification code. You can find information on that HERE.
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