The Foundation awards primarily personal working grants for a duration of 12 or 6 months, and with a maximum amount of € 24,000
or € 12,000, for work on literature, dramatic art and translating literature into Finnish. Project grants can be
awarded to working groups and collectives. A project grant can be
max. €30,000, for a max. duration of 12 months.

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 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)
  • recommendation, optional
  • information of possible publication agreement, optional
  • expanded work plan, optional
  • image appendices, optional, used if the work involves for example illustrating a children’s book or the work is a cartoon; max 5 pcs
  • report on operations, mandatory if the applicant is a collective
  • budget, mandatory only for working groups/collectives

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 those internationalization. The applicant is entitled to receive a scholarship 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 instructions for applicants

51Awarded grants

Distribution of grants

Performing arts

Circus art

Translating literature into Finnish

Average grant12 843 €
Total amount of awarded grants655 000 €
Awarde grants, total

Grant types

Grants for literature are awarded for the following purposes


Grant for literary work, for example writing a novel, a collection of poems or essays, or a play.


Translating literature into Finnish

Grant for translating a novel or a collection of essays, for example, into Finnish.


Performing arts

Grant for preparing a play, a circus performance or another type of production, and for organising events.