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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 ...

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.

Proving the right to use services

Prepare to prove that you have the right to act on behalf of the applying organisation. If you use the local government e-service, we recommend that you use the e-Authorizations service. In the e-Authorizations service, organisations can authorise individuals to act on their behalf in matters within the scope of a specific authorisation. If a authorisation is used in applying for aid, organisations can also apply for an authorisation for other individuals during the project if there are changes in personnel, for example. Authorisation concerning this aid is “Applying for discretionary government transfers for environmental purposes”. More information about authorisations is available in the service.

If you have the sole right to sign for your organisation as defined in your organisation’s rules, you can submit an electronic application on your organisation’s behalf without any separate authorisation.

If you do not have the sole right to sign for your organisation and your organisation does not use the e-Authorizations service, or if you apply for aid using a printed form, attach a power of attorney with your application. The power of attorney must indicate that you have the right to act on your organisation’s behalf in this matter.

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 provided by

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment

Other responsible organisations

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

Responsible for the service

Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 26/10/2022