Grants for artists

Frame awards travel grants for international exhibition projects of Finnish and Finland-based artists and project grants for international art publications. Application periods and instructions below.

Travel grants for artists

Applications for travels in 2021 can be submitted continuously from 1 November 2020 until 31 October 2021.
Decisions are made every two months. 

The upcoming application deadlines for travel grants are:

  • 31 October 2021

The decisions on awarded travel grants are announced approximately four weeks after the deadline.

Project grants

The application period for projects in 2021 has ended.
The application periods for 2022 projects are: from 1 to 30 November 2021 and from 1 to 31 March 2022
The decisions on awarded project grants are announced approximately eight weeks after the deadline.

The purpose of the grant is to promote the international career development of Finnish artists or artists based in Finland by promoting their networking and opportunities to exhibit or perform 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 based 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 perform 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 trips in 2021 can be submitted continuously until 31 October 2021.
  • Decisions are made every two months.
  • The decisions on awarded travel grants are announced approximately four weeks after the deadline.
  • The upcoming application deadlines are:
    • 31 October 2021
  • 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 per participating Finnish artist. Attachments should be in PDF or JPG format. The maximum file size is 3 Mb.

How to apply?

Fill in a travel grant application form at Frame’s online grants service.

The purpose of the grant is to promote the international career development of Finnish 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?

  • Finnish artists or artists based in Finland.
  • The project grant for an international art publication can also be applied by Finnish or foreign publishers and Finnish or foreign contemporary art organisations.

For what purpose can this project grant be applied for?

This project grant may be applied for foreign-language publications with international distribution that present the work of Finnish artists or artists based 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

Project grants cannot be spent on:

  • Per diems, living costs
  • Studies, theses

When to apply?

  • The application period for projects in 2021 has ended.
  • The application periods for 2022 projects are: from 1 to 30 November 2021 and from 1 to 31 March 2022.
  • The decisions on awarded project grants are announced approximately eight weeks after the deadline.
  • 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 artist’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 per 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.

How to apply?

Fill in a project grant application form at Frame’s online grants service.

You may write your application in Finnish, Swedish or in English. Fill in your application form at Frame’s online grants service. The service is provided in Finnish and in English.