The Committee for Public Information awards targeted grants for public information to individuals or members of working groups (but not to associations or societies) to implement work plans that contribute to public information, mainly as a form of compensation for creative work.
Grants may be awarded for books, radio and TV programmes, articles in periodicals, information products published in electronic form or other information products that popularise information. Grants are also awarded to support the piloting of forms of cooperation in the field of public information, particularly the transfer of information between researchers and decision-makers, projects in areas where science and the arts intersect, and to support scientific education.
Fiction books, text books and scientific research are not within the scope of the grants. Grants for translations are awarded by organisations including FILI, part of the Finnish Literature Society.
See this table (in Finnish) for more information about forms of projects that can be financed.
Public information grants are awarded as personal grants, mainly to support creative work. Grants are awarded for working months. The amounts of grants correspond to the amounts of library grants and subsidies for authors and translators and include the MYEL pension insurance premium.
Two months of work: EUR 3,500 (note: no MYEL pension insurance obligation)
Four months of work: EUR 7,000
Six months of work: EUR 10,000
Eight months of work: EUR 13,000
Grants can also cover expenses of a technical nature in special cases and for justified reasons.
In 2017, a total of EUR 290,000 was awarded in grants. Learn more about previous grants awarded and project descriptions (in Finnish).
Public information grants can be applied for in May every year. The application service opens on 1 May and closes at 4pm on the last working day of May. Note that when the application service has closed, applications can no longer be saved or confirmed (submitted).
The application form and instructions are currently available only in Finnish and Swedish:
Applications are prepared on the application service’s electronic form
After approval, the applicant may print the application (it is not necessary to send an application on paper).
Grant decisions are made in September. Grants must be accepted during the year of issuance.
Other key Finnish grants and awards in the field of public information, and other useful bodies.
As these pages contain information subject to changes, we request that readers inform us of any changes, errors or omissions they may notice. See our contact details.
Frequently asked questions (in Finnish)
Project forms for which grants can be sought (PDF in Finnish)
In the event of technical difficulties with the application form, please contact technical support: helpdesk(at)tsv.fi
In matters related to the content or substance of grants, please contact Reetta Kettunen, the Secretary-General, Tel: +358 40 733 5935
For other enquiries, see our contact details.
The Committee for Public Information
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The Committee for Public Information is an expert body attached to the Ministry of Education and Culture. It follows progress in research, arts and technology and the development of knowledge in Finland and abroad.