The Foundation awards primarily personal working grants with a duration of 12 or 6 months, in the amount of €24,000 or €12,000,
for work in visual arts, music, dance, applied arts, handicrafts, photography
and video art, architecture, and doctoral dissertations in the arts.
Project grants can be awarded to working groups and collectives.

Application period: 1.–15.8.2021
Decision: October 2021

Who can apply?

Finnish citizens and citizens of other countries who live in Finland can apply for working grants for work performed predominantly in Finland. Working groups can apply for working grants which will, if awarded, be divided amongst group members. A collective applicant can be e.g. a registered association or a company. For grants received earlier from the Foundation, you need to fill in a usage report prior to applying for a new grant.

The Foundation does not award grants for the same work for two consecutive years.

What to do in practice?

Apply for a grant in the online service. The application and its appendices must be delivered to the online service within the application period.


  • CV (mandatory)
  • image appendix (mandatory with the exception of music applications and PhDs in art applications)
  • budget (mandatory only for working groups/collectives)
  • report on operations (mandatory if the applicant is a collective)
  • degree diploma (mandatory only in the case of a Ph.D. in art)
  • extended working plan (mandatory only for those working on a Ph.D. in art)
  • publication list (mandatory only for those working on a Ph.D. in art)
  • progress statement (mandatory only for those working on a Ph.D in art)

A progress statement is mandatory only for those workind on a Ph.D. in art. Progress statemenst must be submitted by 15th September 2020 via online reference service.

All appendices must be in pdf format, and they must be sent via the grant online service. Appendices or testimonials cannot be sent via email.

Size of the grant

  • Personal 12-month working grant = max. € 24,000
  • Personal 6-month working grant = max. € 12,000
  • The amount of a personal grant can also be freely chosen so that the applicant his/herself defines the duration of the work and the applied sum.
  • A project grant awarded to a working group/collective can be max. € 30,000, with a max. duration of 12 months.

It is possible to include expenses, such as materials, the work of an assistant, or purchased services in the work. Mela, the insurer of grant recipients, will accept that expenses account for half of the received grant.

For what period?

The main rule is that grants are to be used within two years of the date when they were awarded.

The grant is for work performed during the calendar year that follows the year the grant was awarded. Grants are not awarded for projects or events that have been implemented prior to the grant decision in October, or for expenses generated prior to the grant decision.

Evaluation criteria

The purpose of Alfred Kordelin Foundation is to promote Finnish science and culture or their internationalization. The applicant is entitled to receive a grant if the applicant has, on the basis of previous evidence, the conditions for implementing the plan he/she has submitted. When assessing applications for grants, specialists pay attention to the objectives set for the work and to the desired result.

In the work group / collective grant application, the budget has been carefully prepared. Decisions of awarded grants are made by the board of Alfred Kordelin Foundation. The Foundation does not publish the names of the experts who evaluate applications.

Grants and employment

It is a requirement of a grant awarded for full-time work that the recipient does not work full-time elsewhere. Receiving another working grant or unemployment benefits during the grant period is also not allowed.

During the grant period, you can be employed for a maximum of 25% of working time. This means that alongside the work performed with the support of a grant, you may work sporadically, or regularly by the hour, for example. This will not impact the length of the grant period. The grants cover employment pension insurance, occupational accident insurance, and group life insurance. For further information, visit Mela website.

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

Grants from the Finnish musical arts support fund (Suomen säveltaiteen tukirahasto)

Applying for and awarding grants from the Finnish musical arts support fund has now been incorporated with the Alfred Kordelin Foundation’s August grant application round. Grants from the Finnish musical arts support fund can be applied for with the same application form and on the same terms as the Foundation’s other grants for music. In their applications, applicants do not need to specifically mention that they are applying for a grant from the musical arts support fund.

For whom?

  • music educators
  • musicologists and researchers of music
  • performing and creative musical artists and persons who have in other ways done exceptionally important work for Finnish music.

For what purpose?

  • Grants can be awarded for the purpose of supporting and promoting Finnish musical arts. See below for grant types, music

Read more about the fund here: Finnish musical arts support fund

70Awarded grants

Distribution of grants

Photography and videoarts

Visual arts


Applied arts and handicrafts

Doctoral Studies in the arts


Average grant15 140 €
Total amount of awarded grants1 059 830 €
Awarded grants, total

Grant types

Grants for the arts are awarded for the following purposes

Visual arts

Grant for artistic work, for preparing works of art, and organising exhibitions.



Grant for artistic work, for composing and performing music and for preparation of events.



Grant for artistic work, the preparation of works and events, and for performances.


Applied arts and handicrafts

Grant for artistic work, the preparation of works and events, and for exhibitions.



Grant for artistic work and the preparation of publications or exhibitions.


Doctoral studies in the arts

Grant for Ph.D. work in the visual arts, architecture, or music, for example. Grants for doctoral degree concerts in music are being applied for in this category.