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Development subsidy to municipalities for the integration of immigrants with the help of sports

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

The development subsidy can be granted for multicultural sports activities for children and youth, family sports, sports that promote health for adults and for creating the preconditions for multicultural sports at sports clubs. The special target groups are women, girls and hard-to-reach immigrant groups.

The subsidy promotes operations that encourage immigrants to take part in sports activities meant for the entire population. The projects create operational models for multicultural sports activities. The projects are a part of local sports activities and they help immigrants integrate, participate and develop social relationships.

The supported projects are pilot and development projects that aim at improving operations, methods and structures. The subsidy is meant for operations that promote organising sustained and high-quality sports activities that are open, equal and which take the diversity of the population into consideration.

The aim of the development projects is to find and establish operational models that are based on the inclusion principle. The inclusion principle means that immigrants have access to all the services offered by municipalities and sports clubs that are generally open to everyone. The purpose is to develop sports activities for all, so that it is easier for different population groups to participate. If required, the availability of sports services meant for all is improved by taking special measures. The implementation of the operations includes interaction between the original population and immigrants. The aim is to reach a shared sports culture that is open for all, gain equality in the availability of sports services and to improve the participation and social relationships of immigrants.

Subsidies are discretionary. The comparison between applications is based on an overall assessment, which considers the project’s expediency in relation to its goals, how realistic the operating and financial plans are as well as the project’s quality and scope.

You can apply for funding for one year at a time. The overall duration of projects can primarily be from three to four years.

When granting subsidies, a special focus is given on the financial and operational viability of the project.

The applicant organisation's top management's commitment to the project is expressed in the project application.

Do the following

Apply through the regional administration e-services.

Attach the following documents to your application:

  1. application form, special aid form
  2. a project plan that expresses the purpose, content and schedule of the project
  3. a plan of how the applicant’s top management commits to implementing the project
  4. a plan for establishing the activities as a part of regular services
  5. an estimation of costs for the above-mentioned planned activities
  6. a financial plan for financing the operational costs
  7. an excerpt from the municipal budget that displays the self-financing
  8. commitment and contact details of any project partners
  9. any agreements about the use, monitoring and conditions of the subsidy pursuant to section 7 of the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers
  10. information concerning other funding received or applied for the same purpose
  11. any attachments the applicant wants to refer to
  12. a list of needed equipment and their prices.

The sender is responsible for the application’s delivery. The application is rejected if the Regional State Administrative Agency receives it after the application period.

The application period ends usually in November or December. Submit your application to the Regional State Administrative Agency by the time defined in the detailed instructions by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Regional State Administrative Agencies will make support decisions annually by the end of February.

You can find further details on how to apply from the website of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

To whom and on what terms

Municipalities as well as registered communities, associations and foundations that run reception centres can apply for the subsidy.

The project is required to have self-financing. During the first year, a reasonable proportion of self-financing is roughly 40% of the total costs of the project. In case the project lasts for several years, the self-financing proportion will increase each year. The recipient of the support will give an account of the self-financing in the profit and loss account on the clearing. The self-financing cannot be imputed costs, such as imputed rent of the municipality's own facilities or voluntary work that does not include income or expenditure accounted in the bookkeeping.

A core principle of government subsidies is that the same project should not be funded by several different subsidy programmes. In the application, the applicant is obliged to notify about any other subsidies they have applied for or received that relate to the operations of the application in question.

The support cannot be granted for commercial activities, construction or for the statutory or regular operations of an organisation.

The service is free of charge.

Background information

Act on Discretionary Government Transfers

Basic information

The service is provided byRegional State Administrative Agency
Responsible for the serviceRegional State Administrative Agency
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Regional State Administrative Agency
Updated: 9/8/2020