Instructions for grants and subsidies to cultural, sports and exercise, youth and civic activities

How to apply

Applications for grants must be made through an online form: Electronic application form (in Finnish).

We recommend making your application using a computer, as the grant system may not function properly on all mobile devices. A link to the application can be also found at www.jyvaskyla.fi/avustukset. 

When applying you must identify yourself through the Suomi.fi identification service either through your online banking user identifiers, your mobile certificate or a certificate card. 

When applying for a grant as the representative of a registered association or an ad hoc working group, you must apply for expanded credentials to the electronic system; see instructions. 

Advice on grants 7.-29.1.2021:

  • tel. 014 266 1363 on weekdays at 13-15 
  • email: avustukset(at)jyvaskyla.fi

These grants are intended to create opportunities for cultural, sports and exercise, youth, and civic activities in Jyväskylä and to encourage citizens to partake in communal activity to improve their welfare and quality of life.

Grants decided by the cultural and sports committee and by the education committee

Following grants to cultural, sports and exercise, and civic activities are made by the cultural and sports committee and grants to youth activities by the education committee of the City of Jyväskylä:

  • Cultural activity grants enable creating, offering, and spending time with culture, cultural services, and art. These grants can be made to cultural organisations, communities, and working groups for cultural and art activities open to all, as well as to private artists to offset costs of renting working spaces. The City of Jyväskylä Strategy stipulates the grants are intended to enable citizen involvement, empowerment, and equity, to take into account cultural diversity, and to encourage heterogeneity within culture and the arts.
  • Sports and exercise grants enable the creation of opportunities for practising sports and exercise. These grants may be awarded to sporting associations to pursue their core activities, as well as to projects intended to result in sporting activities or services. The City of Jyväskylä Strategy stipulates the grants are intended to enable citizen involvement, empowerment, and equity. They can also support hobby opportunities, as well as encourage activities to prevent loneliness. The grants can create sports and exercise opportunities for children and youth, as well as enable lifelong healthy life. 
  • Youth grants enable youth-created and -directed activities. These grants may be awarded for such youth activities by youth associations, ad hoc groups, and organizations as to encourage and enable youth independence, communal responsibility, healthy lifestyles and respect for life and the environment. The City of Jyväskylä Strategy stipulates the grants are intended to enable citizen involvement, empowerment, and equity. They can also support hobby opportunities, as well as encourage activities to prevent loneliness.
  • Civic  activity grants enable citizen-directed activities open to all city inhabitants, in order to strengthen community spirit and companionship as well as increase voluntary activity. These grants may be awarded to subsidize resident and community activities by associations and organizations, other civic activities, and multicultural activities. The City of Jyväskylä Strategy stipulates the grants are intended to enable citizen involvement, empowerment, and equity. They can also support hobby opportunities, as well as encourage activities to prevent loneliness. 

General grant principles 

•    The grants will be made as either operating subsidies or project grants.
•    The grants are always subject to discretion.
•    In evaluating the necessity and scope of the grants, the applicant’s purpose, estab-lishedness, scope, quality, and other funding opportunities will be considered. 
•    The grants are primarily intended for self-directed communal activities open to all inhabitants.

Grant criteria

Within the grants offered by Jyväskylä educational, culture and sports services there are four categories: civic society activities, culture, sports, and youth. 

1.    The applicant must be domiciled in Jyväskylä.
2.    The applicant must be of age.
3.    The applicant must contribute self-financing or other active work to realize the activity the grant is being applied for. 
4.    The application must be submitted through the online service by the due date; late applica-tions will not be considered. 
5.    The application may be re-categorized as appropriate to its content. 
6.    If the applicant is also receiving another subsidy or grant from the city, this can be consid-ered in assessing this grant.
7.    An operating grant can be made to an association in only one of the education, culture and sports services grant categories (either civil society activities, culture, sport, or youth).
8.    Targeted grants may not be made to projects or expenses already realized and applied for afterwards.
9.    A targeted grant must be spent on the project it was granted to. To revise the target of a grant, the grantor must be contacted.
10.    The grants are made annually, meaning a grant must be used during the year it was made.
11.    The grantor retains the right to audit the accounts of the association the grant was made to. The grantor may repossess the grant, should the grantee not follow instructions.
12.    The grantee must publicize any events arranged with the help of a grant in the City of Jyväskylä event and hobby calendar. yväskylän tapahtuma- ja harrastekalenteriin.
13.    The City of Jyväskylä must be mentioned anywhere the event, publication or similar is whenever the city is funding the activity.

Grants will not be made 

1.    To events or projects intended to make a profit or to parties that are for-profit businesses 
2.    To investments or the acquisition of fixed or movable assets
3.    To commercial publication activities
4.    As working grants intended to subsidise the cost of living
5.    For recycling as grants or stipends
6.    To basic education, vocational education, or thesis projects
7.    To study or leisure journeys, usually also not to any journey abroad
8.    To alcohol costs 
9.    To foodstuff, snack, or meal costs (except youth grants)
10.    To services produced by the city itself
11.    To religious or political activities, although the ideological background of an applicant as-sociation will not prevent a grant
12.    To any activity in conflict with the values of the city. The grant may not be made to enable unethical or illegal activity.

Advice on grants 7.-29.1.2021:

  • tel. 014 266 1363 on weekdays at 13-15 
  • email: avustukset(at)jyvaskyla.fi