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Subsidy for water and marine resources management measures and measures affecting water systems

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

The subsidy may be granted for projects that promote good condition of water systems, safeguard the diversity of aquatic habitats or reduce flood risks.

The recipient of the subsidy is responsible for the implementation of the project, the use of the subsidy, the obligations after the project and for preserving the benefits of the project. The criteria for the subsidy are described in more detail in the Government Decree on the Subsidy for Projects Improving the Use and Condition of Water Systems (714/2015).

Subsidy for water and marine management

Subsidies for water and marine management are intended for projects that implement water management measures and strive to attain and maintain a good condition of water systems. Priority will be given to projects that improve the condition of water in water systems and drainage basins and are aligned with the river basin management plans. Subsidy may be granted for a project whose target water system is in less than good condition or whose condition is at risk.

Achieving a good condition might require the mitigation of external loading in a lake, river, coastal waters etc., and restoration of water systems. The project may include water protection solutions in both a water system and a catchment area. Support will also be provided for the operation and development of networks consisting of municipalities, companies, associations and other local communities.

Subsidy for implementing water system measures

These subsidies are intended for projects related to sustainable water economy and the use of water resources. Please discuss the project in advance with the ELY Centre before applying. Subsidy may be granted for development and investment projects that promote the use and condition of water systems and the aquatic environment, flood control and other that enhance the preparedness and risk management of water economy and promote the sustainable use of aquatic resources.

The subsidy can be granted for measures that improve the use and condition of water systems and the aquatic environment, such as flood control measures. other measures that mitigate risks to water economy and the promotion of diversity in the use and management of water systems.

The subsidy can also be granted for projects promoting the sustainable use of aquatic resources, such as experimental, investment and export operations in the water economy sector and projects that promote innovative public procurement and operating models.

Do the following

As a rule, the application period for the subsidies is between October and November each year. If possible, apply for the subsidy online (Subsidy application for implementing water and marine resource management and waterway and fisheries measures).

If you are unable to apply online, please use the application form instead. The form can be printed and filled in manually or saved on your computer and filled in electronically. Send the form as an attachment to the general online form, by email or by post to the registry office of the ELY Centre.

The application must be accompanied by a more detailed project plan which includes a cost estimate, a funding plan, an implementation schedule and a map of the target area. The application must be accompanied by copies of the permits and consents required for the project measures and an account of which permits and consents are to be obtained. If the applicant does not use an electronic account, the community’s signing rights must be verified. For more detailed instructions, see the separate application instructions.

To whom and on what terms

To be eligible for the subsidy, the costs of the project must be reasonable compared to the benefits to be achieved. A discretionary subsidy can be awarded for the costs resulting from the planning, execution and administration of the project, the fees payable for the permits of the project and for the costs resulting from the fulfilment of obligations under the law and obligations to hold a permit.

As a rule, the amount of the subsidy will not exceed 50% of the total eligible costs. Voluntary work can be included in the costs and its deemed value is 15 euro per hour per worker and 30 euro per hour per tractor or motor-driven working machine. The subsidy will be paid ex post on the basis of the actual costs incurred.

In order to receive the subsidy, the applicant must usually be a registered association, a participants’ association of a water area, a fishery region or a community, municipality or company referred to in the Water Act. Funding may be granted for a project for a maximum of three years at a time. The projects aim at long-term impacts on the condition of waters, which is why extensive project packages and cooperation projects between different parties are prioritised.

A prerequisite for the payment of the subsidy is that the beneficiary has the required permits and rights under the Water Act and other legislation to carry out the project. In addition, the beneficiary is committed to take properly care of the use and maintenance of the structures as well as other obligations following the completion of the project.

The projects should be put out to tender when necessary in compliance with the Act on Public Contracts and Concessions. If the subsidy is used for supporting economic activities, EU State aid rules will apply.

The grant is discretionary and the amount and scope of funding are defined annually. The ELY Centres issue a notification on the more detailed content and schedule of the subsidy application process usually in the autumn.

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

The service is provided byCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Other responsible organisationsELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Häme, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Satakunta, Development and Administration centre for ELY Centres and TE Offices, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for Lapland
Responsible for the serviceCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 15/10/2021