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Factsheet for case FI-2021-1/1922 – measures in Finland

Grants for enterprises in the culture sector

Koronatuet kulttuurialan toimijoille

Country Finland , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 January 2021 – 31 December 2021
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Amanda Kinnunen (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Case created 30 June 2021 (updated 13 July 2021)

Background information

Due to the social distancing rules and public gathering limitations, organising cultural events during the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult or impossible. In order to support enterprises in the culture sector and make sure they can continue their business after the pandemic is over, two new forms of grant were created.

These grants are subject to the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers (in Finnish 'Valtionavustuslaki') (688/2001).

Content of measure

Two forms of grants have been created: 1) a grant for organisations active in the culture sector; 2) a specific grant for art and culture festivals and summer theatres.

Both of these grants are available for associations, foundations, cooperatives and other professional organisations that have been significantly affected by the social distancing restrictions and recommendations. The organisations must have paid staff and be active in the culture sector. The organisation applying must be a registered entity in order to qualify.

The maximum amount of support is €1.8 million. The grants can be used for costs incurred in 2021. The application round was open between May and June 2021.

The grant is administrated by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The total budget of the grant for organisations active in the culture sector is €15 million. The total budget of the grant for art and culture festivals and summer theatres is €9 million.

Use of measure

  1. 248 organisations had been granted support. The total amount granted to these organisations is is €8.8 million.
  2. There is no information available regarding the grants linked to culture and art festivals and summer theatres.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No information available.

Views and reactions

No information available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 30 June 2021: Korona-avustus taide- ja kulttuurifestivaaleille ja kesäteattereille [COVID-19 grant for art and culture festivals and summer theatres] (
  • 30 June 2021: Korona-avustukset kulttuurialan yhteisöille toiminnan kuluihin 2021 [COVID-19 grant for organisations in the culture sector in 2021] (
  • 30 June 2021: Koronatuki kulttuurialan yhteisöille [COVID-19 grant for communities in the culture sector] (


Eurofound (2021), Grants for enterprises in the culture sector, case FI-2021-1/1922 (measures in Finland), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.