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EUR 13.7 million in structural support for cultural and creative industries

Ministry of Education and Culture
Publication date 16.12.2022 13.39
Press release

The Sustainable Growth Programme for Finland is investing in revitalising culture and the creative industries and in reshaping them in a sustainable way. The Ministry of Education and Culture has granted EUR 13 720 000 million in discretionary government grants to those operating in the cultural and creative sectors to create innovative services and to devise novel production and operating procedures.

The grant application was the second batch of the Ministry’s EUR 30 million financial support for reshaping the cultural and creative sectors.

The financial support provides means for the cultural and creative sectors to reform and digitalise their services and production and operating procedures. Under Finland’s Sustainable Growth Programme, structural support aims to contribute to creating more jobs in the creative industries and to raising the GDP ratio of the creative industries significantly higher than the current 3.5% of GDP by 2026. The projects mainly impact nationally.

Minister of Science and Culture Petri Honkonen believes structural support helps the cultural industries recover and enables sustainable renewal in the cultural sector.

- New digital operating practices and the growth of digital services and contents will promote the recovery and renewal of the cultural and creative industries and boost earnings based on creative work. Innovations developed in the projects can contribute to the creation of jobs in the creative industries and bolster culture and growth in the creative industries. 

Altogether 126 applications were submitted by the closing date. Financial support was granted to 31 projects that consist of the audiovisual and film industry, architecture, performing arts (music, theatre, dance), design, museums and cultural heritage, cultural wellbeing as well as visual arts. The projects also widely encourage developing services in the cultural industries, promoting cultural exports, and managing and harnessing copyright data. 

Honkonen is delighted that actors in different fields of the arts have welcomed the financial support with interest and developed projects in which digitalisation, a more international approach and new procedures and practices create opportunities for growth in these areas.

- The projects are being funded will encourage the use of new digital practices in the cultural and creative industries and boost growth and international competitiveness in these sectors. The projects will develop innovative operating models as well as new services that can be established as new practices and create new opportunities and jobs in the cultural industries. 

Sustainable Growth Programme for Finland

Finland's Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) is part of the Sustainable Growth Programme for Finland. The Sustainable Growth Programme boosts competitiveness, investment, research, development and innovation, as well as measures to raise skill levels. It is funded from the one-off EU Recovery and Resilience Facility.

The programme is divided into four pillars. The structural support for renewing the cultural and creative sectors belongs in pillar three called: Raising the employment rate and skill levels to accelerate sustainable growth. The support sum for regenerating the cultural and creative industries is EUR 40 million. The package consists of structural support from the Ministry of Education and Culture (EUR 30 million) and innovation funding from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment/Business Finland (EUR 10 million).

Around EUR 9 million will be made available in 2023 and around EUR 3 million in 2024.

More information on structural support and grants awarded (in Finnish)

Minna Karvonen, Director, tel. +358 2953 30142
Elina Järvelä, Specialist, tel. +358 2953 30329 

Related links

Sustainable Growth Programme for Finland: Recovery and Resilience Plan

Funded by the European Union - NextGenerationEU