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.

NOTICE: The application deadline has been shortened. New application period is 1-15.8.2018.


Please note when applying a grant for

  • work in journalism and manuscripts for documentaries | public education
  • literature research | science
  • comics | literature
Application period: 1. to 15. August 2018
Decision: October 2018

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
Grants can be awarded if the work fulfils the purpose mentioned in the Foundation’s bylaws:
‘work for Finnish culture must be granted support in order to strengthen and deepen it internally, and also to represent Finnishness amongst other nations. Applicants can be awarded grants if the work created with the support of the grant fulfils the abovementioned condition, and, based on previous work, the applicant can be show to be capable of carrying out the proposed work plan.’

When evaluating grant applications, our experts pay attention to the applicant’s prior merits, the objectives set for the work, and the intended end result. In grant applications from working groups/collectives, the budget must be carefully drawn up. The 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 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

Literature grants 2016

93Awarded grants

Distribution of grants

Performing arts

Mass communications

Circus art

Translating literature into Finnish

Average grant6 779 €
Total amount of awarded grants632 320€
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.