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, translating literature into Finnish, and mass communications. 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.
Please note: Grants for work in journalism and manuscripts for documentaries | public education, literature research | science and comics | literature.
Decision: October 2019
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.
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.
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Literature grants 2018
Distribution of grants
Average grant10 741 €
Total amount of awarded grants644 500 €
Awarde grants, total
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.
Grant for preparing a play, a circus performance or another type of production, and for organising events.