A Major Cultural Project funding is intended to projects in the field of science, art, societal activities or various combinations thereof.
A Major Cultural Project produces significant cultural and societal results, and build the future of Finnish science, arts, and culture. We especially appreciate open-mindedness and new openings.
Our objective is to make sizeable projects possible by financing them either in their entirety, or by being one of their main financiers. The financing is for two years, a total between € 100,000 and € 300,000.
You can find out about previous major cultural projects here (in Finnish)
This funding can be applied for by collectives and registered associations. A working group consisting of private individuals (e.g. a research team or an artist team) can apply only if the applicant is for example a university, or a registered association. Private individuals may not apply for this funding.
Financing is for work and expenses that accrue after the financing was awarded.
Financing is not given for construction projects, or in support of the basic operations of an organisation. The share of general expenses claimed by a university may not exceed 5% of the project’s total costs applied from Kordelin Foundation.
Major cultural project financing is only for projects that have a duration of two years. One application is made for the two-year grant period. Funding usage period is every year from 1 April to 31 March.
In exceptional cases, the Foundation may finance the same purpose for a new two-year period. In such cases, the project leader draws up a final report, and applies for the funding with a new application. A Major cultural project financing can be awarded for a maximum total period of four years.
Size of FUNDINGThe sum of a two-year Major cultural project funding is min. €100,000 and max. €300,000.
GrantA collective can apply for a working grant to cover the working costs of project participants, and an expense grant for the project’s expenses, in line with instructions from taxation authorities. Please check taxation of grants, scholarships and awards for merit.. In such cases, a share of the grant is paid out as working grants to project participants, and a share as an expense grant to the account indicated by the applicant, such as a university or a registered association, to be managed by the collective.
The duration of a working grant can be max. 24 months, and the sum €50,000 per person, distributed in grants of approximately €2,080 per month. Grants are awarded for full-time work only. Please note that the applied grant must also include a Mela payment. Please check sum of tax-exampt artist’s grant.
SalaryA collective can also apply for funding to cover project participants’ salaries and project expenses. Funding for salary expenses can be applied for a period no longer than 24 months. In such cases, the collective will be responsible for all relevant employer obligations.
The grant applicant/recipient’s person responsible will be responsible for the project in its entirety.
Tax regulations may change, and their interpretation can to some extent vary. Consequently, the Alfred Kordelin Foundation cannot be held responsible for the correctness of this information, nor can it provide more detailed instructions on taxation. Please check the instructions on the website of the tax authority taxation of grants, scholarships and awards for merit.
In exceptional cases, the Foundation may award funding 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 funding with a new application. A Major cultural project grant can be awarded for a maximum total period of four years.
The size of a two-year Major cultural project funding is €100,000 at minimum, and €300,000 at maximum. In the application form, the applicant will state which sum is requested for the first and for the second year. The sum does not need to be evenly divided between the years.
Example project 1, minimum
Funding 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
Funding applied for the first year is €200,000 + grant applied for the second year is €100,000 = €300,000 in total
The application service opens on January 1st, and the application period closes on 31 January 2024 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 funding, complete your final report and make a new application to the Foundation no later than 31 January 2024 at 4 pm. Finnish time.
All appendices must be in pdf format.
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:
Application reviews will begin once the application period has ended, i.e. on 31 January 2023. Grant applications are reviewed in three groups: science, art, and other societal activities.
We have invited both trustees of the Foundation and experts from outside the Foundation to join these groups.
Grant application reviews move forward in four phases:
The Board will make the decision on funding recipients at the end of March 2023.
Submit the interim report for the first year of operations by 31 January 2024 to the online grant service. It is a prerequisite for paying out the grant of the second year that the project leader has submitted an interim report, verifying that the project has moved forward according to plans. If the interim report has not been submitted, 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 project stakeholders also during the project.
Submit the project’s Final Report no later than one month from project closure, using the online grant service. 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 2022 at 4 pm. Finnish time.
Erik Båsk, Managing Director
Tel. +358 40 825 8071
Marita Seitsalo, Manager Grants and Communications,
Tel. + 358 50 433 0655