The Committee for Public Information (TJNK) awards public information grants 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 non-fiction 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, translations, text books and scientific research are not within the scope of the grants. Grants for translations are awarded by other organisations such as FILI, which is part of the Finnish Literature Society.
For more information about the project forms that can be financed, go to the Finnish page.
Amounts of grants
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 3,750 (note: no MYEL pension insurance obligation)
- Four months of work: EUR 7,500
- Six months of work: EUR 11,500
- Eight months of work: EUR 15,000
Grants can also cover expenses of a technical nature in special cases and for justified reasons.
In 2020, a total of EUR 400,000 was awarded in grants. Learn more about previous grants awarded and project descriptions (in Finnish).
Applying for a grant
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).
Please note that the application form and instructions are currently available only in Finnish and Swedish:
- Applications are prepared on the application service’s electronic form (in Finnish/Swedish)
- Guidelines for making an application (in Finnish)
- Frequently asked questions (in Finnish)
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.
- In the event of technical difficulties with the application form, please contact technical support: tuki(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.