How to apply

Frame awards grants to promote and support Finnish visual arts in the following fields of contemporary art: fine art, photographic art, media art, art handicraft, comics art, performance art and sound art. 

Frame awards two types of grants: a travel grant that can be applied for at any time, and a project grant that has two application periods per year. The travel grant is intended for artists, art experts and workgroups. The project grant is intended for organisations for international exhibitions and art fairs. In addition, artists and organisations can apply for a project grant for international art publications.

Please fill in your application form online at Frame’s grant service.

Application periods

Travel grants

  • Applications for travel grants for trips in 2017 can be submitted continuously between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017.
  • Decisions are made every two months. The application deadlines are:
    31 December 2016
    28 February 2017
    30 April 2017
    20 June 2017
    31 August 2017
    31 October 2017
  • The decisions on awarded travel grants are announced approximately three weeks after the deadline.

Project grants

  • Project grants for 2017 can be applied for from 1 to 30 November 2016, and from 1 to 31 March 2017.
  • The decisions on awarded project grants are announced approximately eight weeks after the deadline.

Travel grant for artists for exhibiting abroad

The purpose of the grant is to promote the international career development of Finnish artists or artists working in Finland by promoting their networking and opportunities to exhibit or make professional appearances abroad. The purpose of grants awarded by Frame is based on the strategy of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and Frame’s own strategy.

Who can apply?

  • Visual artists who are Finnish or based in Finland
  • Work groups formed by Finnish artists or artists working in Finland

Travel grants may not be applied on behalf of another person. The contact person of a work group must be among the travellers. Organisations such as associations, cooperatives or companies are not eligible for the travel grant. They are advised to apply instead for a project grant for exhibiting work by Finnish artists abroad.

For what purposes can a travel grant be applied for?

  • Artists can apply for a travel grant when they make a professional appearance or present their work outside Finland, such as in a solo or group exhibition, biennale, triennale, festival or other contemporary art event.

Travel grants can only be applied for to cover personal or work group’s

  • travel expenses
  • accommodation expenses
  • transport expenses
  • insurance of artworks during transport

Travel grants cannot be spent on

  • residencies (including travel to and from)
  • per diems or living costs
  • gallery rental or participation fees
  • production and material costs of artworks
  • installation costs or equipment purchases
  • artistic work
  • studies, theses
  • the expenses of foreign artists not based in Finland
  • events or exhibitions in Finland

When to apply

  • Applications for travel grants for trips in 2017 can be submitted continuously between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017.
  • Decisions are made every two months. The application deadlines are:
    31 December 2016
    28 February 2017
    30 April 2017
    20 June 2017
    31 August 2017
    31 October 2017
  • The decisions on awarded travel grants are announced approximately three weeks after the deadline.
  • The deadline is the last day of the application period at 11:59 pm Finnish time.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will be processed during the next decision round.
  • The grant must be spent the year in which it is awarded.
  • The grant application must be submitted prior to travelling.

Required appendices

  • travel plan: purpose of trip, dates and programme, description of venue, as well as importance of the trip to the promotion of the applicant’s international career
  • Curriculum Vitae (1–2 pages) or biography
  • work groups: short Curricula Vitae or biographies
  • 3–5 images

Attachments should be in PDF or JPG format. The maximum file size is 3 Mb.

Travel grant for art experts for travelling abroad

The purpose of the travel grant is to promote the international mobility and networking of Finnish art experts and to promote the opportunities of Finnish art and artists for international interaction and appearances and the exhibition of Finnish art internationally. The purpose of grants awarded by Frame is based on the strategy of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and Frame’s own strategy.

Who can apply?

  • Finnish art experts can apply for a travel grant for work-related trips abroad.

Travel grants may not be applied on behalf of another person.

For what purposes can a travel grant be applied for?

Travel grants can only be applied for to cover personal

  • travel expenses
  • accommodation expenses

Travel grants cannot be spent on

  • residencies (including travel to and from)
  • per diems or living costs
  • participation fees
  • studies, theses

When to apply

  • Applications for travel grants for trips in 2017 can be submitted continuously between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017.
  • Decisions are made every two months. The application deadlines are:
    31 December 2016
    28 February 2017
    30 April 2017
    20 June 2017
    31 August 2017
    31 October 2017
  • The decisions on awarded travel grants are announced approximately three weeks after the deadline.
  • The deadline is the last day of the application period at 11:59 pm Finnish time.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will be processed during the next decision round.
  • The grant must be spent the year in which it is awarded.
  • The grant application must be submitted prior to travelling.

Required appendices

  • travel plan: itinerary and purpose of travel
  • Curriculum Vitae (1–2 pages) or biography

Attachments should be in PDF or JPG format. The maximum file size is 3 Mb.

 

Travel grant for foreign art experts for travelling to Finland

The purpose of the travel grant is to promote the international mobility and networking of art experts and to promote the opportunities of Finnish art and artists for international interaction and appearances and the exhibition of Finnish art internationally. The purpose of grants awarded by Frame is based on the strategy of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and Frame’s own strategy.

Who can apply?

  • Foreign art experts for their visits to Finland

Travel grants may not be applied on behalf of another person.

For what purposes can a travel grant be applied for?

  • Foreign art experts can apply for a travel grant for work-related trips to Finland.

Travel grants can only be applied for to cover personal

  • travel expenses
  • accommodation expenses

Travel grants cannot be spent on

  • residencies (including travel to and from)
  • per diems or living costs
  • participation fees
  • studies, theses

When to apply

  • Applications for travel grants for trips in 2017 can be submitted continuously between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017.
  • Decisions are made every two months. The application deadlines are:
    31 December 2016
    28 February 2017
    30 April 2017
    20 June 2017
    31 August 2017
    31 October 2017
  • The decisions on awarded travel grants are announced approximately three weeks after the deadline.
  • The deadline is the last day of the application period at 11:59 pm Finnish time.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will be processed during the next decision round.
  • The grant must be spent the year in which it is awarded.
  • The grant application must be submitted prior to travelling.

Required appendices

  • travel plan: itinerary and purpose of travel
  • Curriculum Vitae (1–2 pages) or biography

Attachments should be in PDF or JPG format. The maximum file size is 3 Mb.

Project grant for an international art publication

The purpose of the grant is to promote the international career development of artists. The purpose of grants awarded by Frame is based on the strategy of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and Frame’s own strategy.

Who can apply?

  • visual artists who are Finnish or based in Finland
  • Finnish or foreign publishers
  • Finnish or foreign contemporary art organisations

For what purpose can a project grant be applied for?

  • The project grant may be applied for foreign-language publications with international distribution that present the work of Finnish artists or artists working in Finland, or Finnish art in general.

Project grants can only be applied for to cover the following expenses:

  • printing expenses
  • writer fees
  • translation fees

When to apply?

  • Project grants for 2017 can be applied for from 1 to 30 November 2016, and from 1 to 31 March 2017.
  • The decisions on awarded project grants are announced approximately eight weeks after the deadline.
  • The deadline is the last day of the application period at 11:59 pm Finnish time.
  • The grant must be spent the year in which it is awarded. Grants cannot be applied for retroactively.
  • We will not process late applications or applications submitted through other channels than the grant service.

Required appendices

  • publication plan: a description of the publication and its significance for the applicant’s international career, as well as publisher, scope, print run, date of release, work group (i.e. writers, photographer, translator, graphic designer).
  • international distribution plan: how will the publication be distributed globally?
  • Curriculum Vitae (1–2 pages) or biography of each participating Finnish artist
  • 3–5 images per participating Finnish artist

Attachments should be in PDF or JPG format. The maximum file size is 3 Mb.

Project grant for contemporary art organisations to exhibit work by Finnish artists abroad

The purpose of the grant is to strengthen the international position of Finnish contemporary art by supporting the presentation of Finnish art abroad. The purpose of grants awarded by Frame is based on the strategy of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and Frame’s own strategy.

Who can apply?

  • Finnish or foreign organisations that present Finnish art, such as biennales, art museums, galleries and cultural institutions.

Artists or work groups are not eligible for this project grant. They are advised instead to apply for a travel grant for artists for exhibiting abroad.

For what purpose can a project grant be applied for?

  • Project grants can be awarded for exhibitions held abroad when one or more Finnish artists or artists working in Finland participate in the exhibition. Exhibition activities include, inter alia, appearances by the artist or presentation of their work in a solo or group exhibition, biennale, triennale, festival or other contemporary art event.

Project grants can only be applied for to cover the following expenses of Finnish or Finland-based artists:

  • installation expenses
  • travel and accommodation expenses
  • transport and insurance of artworks

Project grants cannot be spent on:

  • artistic work
  • residencies (including travel to and from)
  • gallery rental or participation fees
  • per diems or living costs
  • artist / curator fees
  • studies, theses
  • production and material costs of artworks
  • general equipment or software purchases
  • the expenses of foreign artists not based in Finland
  • events or exhibitions in Finland

When to apply?

  • Project grants for 2017 can be applied for from 1 to 30 November 2016, and from 1 to 31 March 2017.
  • The decisions on awarded project grants are announced approximately eight weeks after the deadline.
  • The deadline is the last day of the application period at 11:59 pm Finnish time.
  • The grant must be spent the year in which it is awarded. Grants cannot be applied for retroactively.
  • We will not process late applications or applications submitted through other channels than the grant service.

Required appendices

  • project description
  • project budget
  • Curriculum Vitae (1–2 pages) or biography of each participating Finnish artist
  • 3–5 images per participating Finnish artist

Attachments should be in PDF or JPG format. The maximum file size is 3 Mb.

Project grant for organisations to participate in art fairs abroad

The purpose of the grant is to strengthen the international position of Finnish contemporary art by supporting the opportunities of galleries to participate in major international art fairs. The purpose of grants awarded by Frame is based on the strategy of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and Frame’s own strategy.

Who can apply?

  • galleries
  • artist-run organisations such as associations and cooperatives

Artists or work groups are not eligible for project grants to attend art fairs. They are advised instead to apply for a travel grant for artists for exhibiting abroad.

For what purpose can a project grant be applied for?

  • The grant can be awarded for the presentation at art fairs abroad of work by Finnish artists or artists working in Finland.

Project grants can be only applied for to cover the following expenses:

  • booth rental or participation fee
  • travel and accommodation expenses
  • transport and insurance of artworks

Project grants cannot be spent on:

  • per diems, living costs or fees

When to apply?

  • Project grants for 2017 can be applied for from 1 to 30 November 2016, and from 1 to 31 March 2017.
  • The decisions on awarded project grants are announced approximately eight weeks after the deadline.
  • The deadline is the last day of the application period at 11:59 pm Finnish time.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will be processed during the next month’s decision round.
  • The grant must be spent the year in which it is awarded. Grants cannot be applied for retroactively.
  • We will not process late applications or applications submitted through other channels than the grant service.

Required appendices

  • project description: description of the fair and reason for attending this particular fair, grounds for the choice of artist, and significance for the development of the artist’s international career
  • project budget
  • Curriculum Vitae (1–2 pages) or biography of each participating Finnish artist
  • 3–5 images per participating Finnish artist

Attachments should be in PDF or JPG format. The maximum file size is 3 Mb.

Image: Nanna HänninenNow is now / taubert contemporary, Berlin 14.11.–9.1.2016.
The exhibition was supported by Frame.