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Workshop for artists: How to make a grant application?

A nearly black-and-white photo, 6 people with a variety of looks are sitting at a table and a dog is on the floor.
Illustration: Hanna Väätäinen.

Time: Saturday 21.1. from 12:00 to 16:00

Place: Zoom

A warm welcome to our workshop aimed at artists! In the workshop, you will get guidance, ideas and sparring for making grant applications. Where to apply for a grant? How to make a working plan? How to stand out from the large crowd of applicants and convey your merits and ideas to the reviewer in the best possible way? What kind of information do art funders want? And how to make a budget and what attachments do I need?

We will go through example applications and fill out the application form for the The Finnish Cultural Foundation's January application. You can already check out the application form on the website of the Finnish Cultural Foundation. If you like, you can bring your own unfinished or finished working plan and/or budget and get feedback by discussing together.

The workshop is aimed at disabled artists and artists who are Sign Language users, but all artists are welcome. You don't have to have applied for a grant yet, and beginners can also participate in the workshop. Artists of all art fields are welcome.


Virppi Venell works as a producer at Vapaa Taidekoulu. She has been producing photo exhibitions, theater, experience-based performances, events and festivals for more than twenty years. She has worked as an exhibition coordinator, as well as produced and created her own exhibitions and group exhibitions.

As a performer, Virppi has worked in the fields of theater, music and dance, for example in Kiasma Theater and in Zodiak. She has taught photography and voice work, for example for special groups. In addition to having trained as an artenomist and a photographer, she is a shiatsu masseuse and special instructor.

Johanna Mattila is a theater maker and producer. She has worked in several theater productions as a director, actor and producer. As a producer, she has focused on the accessibility of productions and the producing festivals and events. Currently, Johanna works as the project coordinator of the project Making space for artistry at the disabled artists’ association Eucrea.

Maija Karhunen has worked as a freelance dancer, performer and in various positions in the art field, for example as a peer reviewer of grant applications. Currently, Maija works as the project manager of the project Making space for artistry at Culture for All.


Please register by sending an e-mail to our project coordinator Johanna Mattila to johanna@lalunes.com by Wednesday 18th January. When registering, please also tell us about the need for Sign Language interpretation (Finnish Sign Language). Zoom link will be sent to the participants later.


We arrange Sign Language interpretation for the workshop if necessary. Please let us know when registering by 18th January if you need Sign Language interpretation (Finnish Sign Language).

The language of the workshop is Finnish, also English and Swedish can be used. We will take breaks in the workshop.

We will follow the principles of the safer space of the Culture for All. Get to know the principles of a safer space on the pages of the Culture for All. 


Background information and upcoming workshops

The workshop is organized in the frame of the project Making space for artistry - equity for disabled artists and artists who are Sign Language users. The project is organized in 2022-2024 by Culture for All and the disabled artists’ association Cultural Association Finland’s Eucrea, and it is funded by the Kone Foundation. More workshops organized by the Making space for artistry -project are coming up! You can contact Johanna Mattila and let us know your wishes regarding the workshops, for example a topic or other wishes!

More information

For more information, please contact Johanna Mattila, johanna@lalunes.com, tel. 044 046 9548.

Making space for artistry project's logo.
Kone Foundation's logo.
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