Public education

Grants are awarded to private individuals, working groups and collectives primarily for projects that support citizens’ lifelong learning. As a rule, grants are not awarded to same work for the second year running.

Application period: 1. to 31. August 2017
Decision: October 2017

Finnish citizens and citizens of other countries who reside in Finland can apply for grants. If the Foundation has awarded you a grant before, the report on how the grant was used must be delivered to the Foundation before applying a new grant.

Personal full year grant, max. amount is €24 000 and personal half year grant, max. amount is €12 000. The applicant may also determine the amount of the grant as well as the number of working months covered by the grant. For a project the Foundation may award a grant maximum € 30 000.

You can include expenses such as material expenses, assistant expenses and purchased services into your work.  Mela, the insurer of grant recipients, will accept that expenses account for half of the received grant. Funding for both living costs and expenses are applied for with the same application form. Groups can apply for working grants which will, if awarded, be divided amongst group members. Collective applicants can be cultural cooperatives, artists’ associations, or support associations, for example.

The Foundation can award funding for work which begins, at its earliest, in October of the year the grant was awarded. As a rule, grants are paid out during the year after the year when the grant was awarded, and are to be used within two years of the time they were awarded. Grants are awarded for one year at a time.

It is a prerequisite for receiving a grant that the recipient does not work elsewhere fulltime. Receiving another working grant or unemployment benefits during the grant period is also not allowed. The grants cover employment pension insurance, occupational accident insurance, and group life insurance. More information at Mela.

Applications are assessed by the Foundation’s team of experts, and decisions on awarded grants are made by the Board of Directors of the Alfred Kordelin Foundation. The Foundation will not disclose the names of the experts who assess applications.

If we are receiving applications now, please read instructions for applicants.

Public education grants 2016

72Awarded grants

Distribution of grants
Non-fiction books and other fact-based publications

Adult education projects

Cultural events promoting public education

Translating non-fiction

Average grant9 013 €
Total amount of awarded grants648 960 €
Awarded grants, total
Grant types
Grants for public education are awarded for the following purposes

Non-fiction and other fact-based publications
A grant for e.g. writing a book of popularised non-fiction or for publishing non-fiction.


Translating non-fiction
Grant for translating non-fiction into Finnish, or for translating non-fiction written in Finnish.


Cultural public education events
Grant for projects that promote and disseminate Finnish culture, arts, or science.


Adult education projects
Grant for projects promoting education that does not lead to a degree, or for projects that promote the learning of citizens.

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