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Special subsidies for the development of regional and local youth sector operations

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

The subsidies are used to promote the inclusion and equality of young people and to support their sense of communality and opportunities in life. Youth work means supporting the growth, independence and involvement of young people in society. Youth activities mean the young people's own, independent activities.

The Regional State Administrative Agencies grant subsidies on a discretionary basis. The comparison between applications is based on an overall assessment, in which the general requirements laid down in the Act on Discretionary Government Transfers are taken into consideration.

In subsidies granted for local-level international operations, consideration is given to how the project implements the priorities of the EU and the Council of Europe’s youth sector, and Finnish youth politics (minedu.fi). In addition, the significance of the project for the development of international co-operation as well as local or regional youth work and youth activities is taken into account.

Applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with the opportunities offered by the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport (Erasmus+) and the Europe for Citizens programme (cimo.fi).

The local-level youth sector subsidy for international operations can also be granted for performance trips of cultural groups of at least three young persons travelling abroad from Finland to perform. The subsidy may be granted for persons under the age of 29. Instructors or guardians do not count as group members. The subsidy is primarily granted for covering the young persons’ travel costs.

The development subsidy is not granted for the applicant’s basic activities or for non-recurring individual events or visits. The development subsidy is also not granted for a purpose for which funding can be applied for separately from the appropriations of the Ministry of Education and Culture (for example, subsidies for local recreational activities for children and young people, information and advisory services for young people, or digital youth work).

Do the following

Apply through the regional administration e-services.

Describe in your application how the need for the project has been determined. Describe in your project plan the concrete measures that will be implemented to meet the presented need.

Draw up an estimation of costs and a financial plan for the project. The recipient of the subsidy shall report their expenses separately for each cost centre, which means that financial management must be organised accordingly. The subsidy may only be used for the purpose for which it is granted. Reporting on old applications (from the year 2016 and older) is done on a printable form available on the service channels.

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • Project plan. In the case of a performance trip of a cultural group consisting of young people, attach a description of the background and objectives of the trip, the invitation, a travel schedule and a list of the group members (name, gender, year of birth).
  • Estimation of costs and financial plan.
  • Description of the authority to sign (for example, an extract from the association register or an excerpt from the administrative regulations of the municipality).
  • For associations, financial statement data and operating plan.

More detailed deadlines for each subsidy are specified in the application instructions for the subsidies.

The Regional State Administrative Agency will make the decision in approximately two months.

To whom and on what terms

The subsidy may be applied for by municipalities, joint municipal authorities, associations, foundations and other registered communities offering youth services.

The applicant shall provide the Regional State Administrative Agency with an account of the use of the subsidy. The subsidy will not be granted if the applicant has failed to provide the Agency with monitoring data on the use of the previously granted subsidies.

A subsidy can cover at most 75 per cent of the acceptable costs of the project for which the subsidy is granted. When combined with other public financial aids, the subsidy may not exceed the amount of the acceptable costs. The acceptable costs are defined in the decision to grant the subsidy.

Self-financing on the part of the applicant is considered an advantage. Self-financing means other profit gained from the operation, such as membership fees, ticketing revenue or rental income. The share of self-financing is verified through the accounting data. Therefore, the self-financing cannot include imputed costs, such as voluntary work or discounts.

The applicant will be more likely to receive the subsidy if their project promotes one or more of the following objectives:

  • Promoting multiculturalism, communality and inclusion (Meaningful in Finland Action Plan: minedu.fi)
  • Promoting gender equality (Operational gender equality plan of the Ministry of Education and Culture for 2013–2017: minedu.fi)
  • Promoting sustainable development (The Finland we want by 2050 – Society's commitment to sustainable development: ym.fi).

You should always request tenders for procurements from more than one supplier when the cost of the procurement is over €7,000 without value added tax. The recipient of the subsidy is responsible for determining if the Act on Public Procurement and Concession Contracts applies to them.

The subsidy is granted for a period of one year. The period of use is determined separately for each applicant in the decision issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency. The period of use may be a 12-month period that is not a calendar year.

The service is free of charge.

Background information

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: 1/6/2021