Major cultural project grants

A Major cultural project grant can be awarded to a research and/or cultural project with a contemporary focus. Our objective is to make sizeable projects possible by financing them either in their entirety, or by being one of their main financiers.

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Application period: 1.-31.1.2021
Decision: March 2021

Collectives, registered associations, and companies are eligible to apply for these grants. A working group consisting of private individuals (e.g. a research team) can only apply if the applicant is for example a university, or a registered association. Private individuals may not apply for these grants.

Grants are awarded for work and expenses that accrue after the grant was awarded. Grants are not awarded for construction projects, or in support of the basic operations of an organisation.

FOR WHAT PERIOD?

Major cultural project grants are awarded only for projects that last two years. One application is used to apply for the grant for the two-year period. The time period when the grant must be used is from 1 April to 31 March annually.

In exceptional cases, the Foundation may award grants for the same purpose for a new two-year period. In such cases, the project leader draws up a final report, and applies for the grant with a new application. A Major cultural project grant can usually be awarded for a maximum period of four years.

SIZE OF THE GRANT

The size of the two-year Major cultural project grant is €100,000 at minimum, and no more than €300,000. In the application form, the applicant will state which sum is requested for the first and for the second year. The sum that is applied for does not need to be evenly divided between the years.

Example project 1, minimum
Grant applied for the first year is €60,000 + grant applied for the second year is €40,000 = €100,000 in total

Example project 2, maximum
Grant applied for the first year is €200,000 + grant applied for the second year is €100,000 = €300,000 in total

APPLYING FOR A GRANT

The application service opens on January 1st, and the application period closes on 31 January 2020 at 24:00 (midnight). Applications and their appendices cannot be sent via regular mail or e-mail. If you are applying for a second consecutive two-year Major cultural event grant, complete your final report and make a new application to the Foundation no later than 31 January 2020.

APPENDICES

  • CV of the project leader/leaders (mandatory)
  • An expanded work plan (mandatory). The expanded work plan must include concrete goals for the project’s both years of operations.
  • Itemised project budget (mandatory)
  • Latest report on operations and financial statement (mandatory)

ASSESSMENT

Applications are evaluated by Alfred Kordelin Foundation’s multi-disciplinary team of experts. Shortlisted applicants are invited to present their projects in early March. Decisions on projects that will receive financing are made by the Board of Directors of the Foundation in March.

When assessing applications, we pay attention to the following:

  • the project can realistically be launched. This means e.g. that the applicant can demonstrate there are partners or networks who are committed to participating in the project.
  • the applicant is experienced and ready to take on the responsibility of completing a sizeable project
  • the applicant has a clear vision of the end result they aim for, and this is clearly stated also in the application
  • the project is a body of work with a beginning and an end. The project plan and project budget are realistic
  • the share of the funding applied for from the Kordelin Foundation, own funding, and other parts of the funding are all clearly defined in the application. Own funding includes e.g. income from ticket sales, and performance spaces available free of charge. Other funding means the shares financed by other stakeholders who support the project, such as other foundations, companies, and public funding
  • the applicant has excellent communications and marketing capabilities
  • the applicant explains how the success of the project will be measured

INTERIM REPORT

Deliver the interim report for the first year of operations no later than 31 January 2021. It is a prerequisite for paying out the grant of the second year that the project leader has delivered an interim report, verifying that the project has moved forward according to plans. If the interim report has not been delivered, or the project has not moved forward according to plans, the Foundation cannot pay out the grant for the second year.

We will stay in touch with the project stakeholders also during the project.

FINAL REPORT

Deliver the project’s Final Report no longer than one month from project closure. The Final Report will be reviewed together with representatives from the Foundation in an assessment discussion. If you are applying for a second consecutive two-year Major cultural event grant, complete your final report and make a new application to the Foundation no later than 31 January 2021.

More information
Erik Båsk, Managing Director
Tel. +358 40 825 8071
erik.bask@kordelin.fi