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Public transport subsidies for municipalities

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment grant government subsidies on application for the purchase and development of public passenger transport services to municipalities in their area. Government grants may be granted on the basis of the Act on Transport Services for purchases of transport and compensation for the price obligation, as well as for the planning, development ...

Do the following

Applying for a grant

Apply for a grant electronically in the regional administration’s e-service. You can find the grant application in the Services menu under Liikenteen palvelut (Transport Services). Log in to the e-services using your personal banking ID, mobile certificate or certificate card.

Fill in the application thoroughly and attach the required appendices. Incomplete application, additional clarification needs and modifying the application during the processing may prolong the processing of your case. More detailed instructions on how to fill in the application form can found in the regional administration e-service and on the ELY Centre's website.

If the ELY Centre requests to complete the application, submit the requested supplements by the deadline set, or negotiate an extension with the authority.

Once the ELY Centre has received sufficient and correct information to resolve a matter concerning the grant application, it will issue an appealable decision on the matter. The decision will be sent to the grant applicant.

Applying for payment of the grant

The KEHA Centre pays out the grant in accordance with the ELY Centre’s decision in one or more instalments.

Apply for payment in the regional administration’s e-service in accordance with the terms and deadlines of the decision. Please fill in the application carefully under the Payments tab and attach the necessary attachments.

More information about authorisation

In the e-services, the application can be submitted by an authorised person. Persons without separate authorisation can act on behalf of an organisation if they have an existing mandate for transactions or a right based on register data.

The mandate theme is called Applying for subsidies for employment, environment, business and transport.

Authorised persons act on behalf of their organisation through e-Identification. The service verifies the person's right to use the service when logging in. In addition to authorizations organisations need their business ID to use the e-services.

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To whom and on what terms

The grant can be granted to municipalities.

The grant may be used for the purchase of transport in accordance with the Service Contracts Regulation and for the reimbursement of the price obligation. Eligible costs are the net costs incurred by the applicant for the acquisition of the transport service. The eligible costs for the reimbursement of the price obligation shall be the costs incurred by the applicant for the reimbursement of eligible ticket products. Transport services must be procured by competitive tendering in accordance with the procurement regulations, but in the case of direct procurement, the net costs defined in the Service Contracts Regulation are acceptable. Compensation for the price obligation cannot be applied to market-based transport.

Development projects must be limited in time and the results of the project must be public. Projects may be one-year or multi-annual. However, the ELY Centre decides on the grant each year within the limits of the application to the ELY Centre and the available budget. Projects must be implemented in the most advantageous way for society. Where appropriate, they shall be subject to competitive tendering in accordance with the Act on Public Procurement and Concessions.

The grant may be awarded subject to the condition that the grant applicant contributes to the project or its costs. The grant decision may also contain other provisions that the subject of the decision must comply with.

Background information

The service is provided by

KEHA Centre, ELY Centre

Other responsible organisations

ELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for Lapland, KEHA Centre, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for Satakunta, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Häme

Responsible for the service

ELY Centre
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 7/12/2023