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Government aid for building sports facilities

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  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
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The government aid for sports facilities can be granted for building, acquiring, majorly improving or equipping sports facilities designed for large user groups. Under special circumstances, the aid can be granted for construction of other sports facilities.

When the project’s costs are estimated to be over €700,000, the government aid is granted by the Ministry of Education and Culture. When the project's costs are estimated to be at most €700,000, the government aid is granted by the Regional State Administrative Agency. Government aid is not granted for projects estimated to cost under €20,000. When determining which authority (the Ministry of Education and Culture or the Regional State Administrative Agency) will grant the aid, and when defining the lower limit, the project's VAT-free costs are considered.

All applications are submitted to the Regional State Administrative Agency based on the location of the project. The amount of the government aid is discretionary. The authority decides how large the aid should be.

A prerequisite for the aid is to present details equivalent to the project plan. The project plan contains an outlined description of the project, an account on the necessity and time of implementation of the project, sketch designs, cost estimate and an itemisation of the facilities included in the project.

The application period is once a year, by the end of the year.

Do the following

Apply for the aid in the e-services of the regional administration.

Attach the following documents to the application:

  • cost estimate or funding decisions concerning the project
  • a building permit for the construction, or an equivalent document to prove the aid can be granted
  • project plan
  • L2 designs
  • description of the method of construction
  • a condition assessment of the major improvement project
  • an account on accessibility.

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

A municipality, community of municipalities or a community under their rule can apply for the aid. The aid can also be granted for other communities, if the aid is needed to reach the goals laid in the Sports Act.

The aid is primarily granted when the construction has not yet started. In general, the project should be initiated the year the aid is granted. The appropriation for the government’s department of sports services consists almost entirely of revenue from the organisation of gambling services. Therefore, the aid-granting depends on the year.

As a prerequisite for granting the aid, the property to be acquired must be owned by the recipient of the aid. For separate buildings or facilities, the recipient of the aid must also own the ground on which the building or facility is located, or have a long-term lease on it (valid for at least 15 years after the aid is granted).

You must apply for the aid by the end of each year.

The annual decisions on aids will be made in accordance with the previously described division, usually in April (the Ministry of Education and Culture) and May (Regional State Administrative Agencies).

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

The service is provided byRegional State Administrative Agency
Responsible for the serviceRegional State Administrative Agency
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languageFinnish
Text edited by: Regional State Administrative Agency
Updated: 6/3/2021