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Factsheet for measure FI-2020-14/1818 – measures in Finland
|Country||Finland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 April 2020 – 30 June 2021|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Amanda Kinnunen (Oxford Research) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||08 April 2021 (updated 13 July 2021)|
Due to the social distancing recommendations and restrictions, the culture and creative arts sector has been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many work as freelancers, solo self-employed or sole proprietors. These groups have been excluded from many of the other forms of support available for enterprises in Finland.
To support individuals and small businesses in this sector, a separate grant is available for these groups.
Two types of grants are available: one for private individuals (e.g. freelancers) and one for solo self-employed or sole traders.
Private individuals can apply for a work grant that is €6,000. The grant is available for professional artists and other professionals whose work and income have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Solo self-employed and sole traders can apply for grant that is either €8,000 or €12,000, depending on the scope of their business. The grant is intended for entreprises that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
As of June 2021, five application rounds have been organised. The total budget of the fifth application round is €55 million. The grants are administrated by Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
As of June 2021 (when the fifth application round was opening), the number of beneficiaries was approximately 9,500. The total amount of support granted was around €43 million.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
One person or microenterprises
|Does not apply to citizens|
Public support service providers
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No information available.
Trade Union for Musicians has been critical of the amount and scope of financial support provided for professionals in the culture and creative arts sector. According to the union, the Arts Promotion Centre should make sure that the grants are directed to those individuals and enterprises who have been most negatively affected by the crisis, otherwise the sums that are granted are so small that the impact is limited.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Grant for artists, professionals and solo-self employed in the culture and creative arts sector, measure FI-2020-14/1818 (measures in Finland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/FI-2020-14_1818.html
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