Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation awards grants to artists and researchers as well as for activities of general interest. The annual application period for the Foundation grants is in May. The call for grant applications is published on the Foundation's website ( towards the end of April each year.

Awarding grants for arts in even years and for science in odd years, the Foundation follows an alternate-year funding cycle. In addition, the calls for grant applications are built around a specific annually changing theme addressing a particular set of actors within the larger frameworks of arts and science. The grant decisions are made by the board of trustees of Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation based on proposals by an advisory panel of experts. Grants for collectives as well as for purposes of general interest are decided upon independently by the board of the Foundation without a coordinated round of applications.

The May round of applications: 9.–31.5.2022

The theme of 2022: Contact Images

Under the theme of Contact Images, Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation announces a new call for applications from artists working with lens-based media. The thematic call aims at promoting artistic work in which the camera functions as a situated medium for addressing complex social issues.

The call is open for professional artists who live and work in Finland and who, through photography, video, or other lens-based medium, provide acute and original angles to the world thus enriching the political dimensions of lens-based arts. Projects related to photojournalism or documentary films are not included in the call.

Applications are welcome from both individual artists and working groups. The grants awarded by the Foundation are either working grants, expenditure grants, or travel grants directly related to the realisation of a particular project.

As a rule, the Foundation does not award individual grants exceeding the sum of twelve thousand (12,000) euros. However, in this year’s thematic grant call the Foundation will also award, at most, three individual one-year working grants. The amount of a one-year working grant is twenty-four thousand (24,000) euros. Guidelines for submitting an application are found on the Foundation’s website under the title Grants / For grant applicants.

The application period for the 2022 theme call is 9-31 May 2022.

The application and its required attachments must be submitted as a single pdf file by email to [email protected] at the latest by Tuesday 31 May 2022 at 23:59 p.m. (UTC+3).

Applications submitted after this time or in a form not corresponding with the Foundation's guidelines will not be reviewed.

Further information:  [email protected]

Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation
Board of Trustees

For grant applicants

Who can apply?

Finnish citizens and citizens of other countries living and working in Finland as well as working groups consisting of such individuals are eligible to apply.

To what ends, how much, and for what period?

The Foundation awards grants for work conducted predominantly in Finland (working grant), for expenses related to projects realised primarily in Finland (expenditure grant), and for travel expenses directly related to the realisation of aforementioned projects (travel grant). Working grants are awarded for the purpose of full-time work. Expenditure and travel grants are intended for expenses incurred after grant decisions.

Art grants are awarded for work, for project expenses (e.g. materials, services), for acquisition costs (e.g. equipment), and for travel costs directly related to the production of a particular project.

Science grants are awarded for research work (doctoral dissertations and post-doctoral research), research project expenses (e.g. printing costs, translation fees), and for travel costs directly related to research work.

The applied amount should be based on a clearly defined budget and can be freely chosen by the applicant. However, please note that, as a rule, the Foundation does not award individual grants exceeding the sum of twelve thousand (12 000) euros.

The grants are intended to be used primarily within two years following the date when they were awarded.

Limitations and restrictions

The Foundation does not award grants to:

- undergraduate and postgraduate ( bachelor's and master's) studies
- internships
- travel costs related to arts residencies
- travel costs related to participation in various events
- travel costs related to conferences or meetings

The application and its required attachments

1. An application can be formulated freely in either Finnish or English language. It must meet the following substantive requirements:

a) Basic information on the applicant and the application

Personal details of the applicant (full name, address, phone number, email address, social security number), bank account (in IBAN format), degrees or diploma's obtained, current position, place where the grant work/project is performed, applied sum, and a short description of the intended use of the grant. If the application is for a working group it should contain the above information on all working group members.

b) Abstract

An abstract sums up the contents, objectives and importance a project and outlines the processes enabled by the applied grant. The maximum length of an abstract is four thousand (4 000) characters.

c) Grants

An application should indicate the grants already awarded to the grant project as well as all pending applications addressed to other funders concerning the project.

d) Consent

A written consent of the applicant to both the Foundation's processing and use of personal data and to the rules on grant usage and reporting is a required component of the application. Before submitting an application, therefore, applicants should examine the Foundation's data protection policy and the guidelines for grant recipients.

2. Required attachments:

a) Work plan (art grants)

A work plan describes the project's artistic objectives and main contents and includes a production schedule and a comprehensive budget. The maximum length of a work plan is five (5) pages.

b) Research plan (science grants)

A research plan describes the project's background, main contents, importance, objectives, and methods and includes a research schedule and a list of essential sources. The maximum length is five (5) pages.

c) CV

A comprehensive CV is required of all applicants / members of a working group.

d) Portfolio / work samples (art grants)

A collection of work samples that provide a sufficiently comprehensive view of the applicant's artistic practice. Please include the amount of good quality images you consider necessary or alternatively a direct link to the materials (dropbox, vimeo, www-portfolio).

e) Statement (doctoral dissertations)

Applications for doctoral dissertations must include a statement by the supervisor of the project or by another person closely acquainted with it.

The application together with its required attachments must be submitted as a single pdf file by email to [email protected] by the last day of the application period at 23:59 p.m. The maximum size of an application (including its attachments)  is 8 MB. Please send the application named as follows: "lastname_firstname.pdf".

In accordance with the principles of good foundation practices, the Foundation does not comment on individual grant decisions. The list of awarded grants will be published on the Foundation's website in September. The applicants will receive a notification of the decision by email a week before the list of grantees is published.

For grant recipients

A grant awarded by Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation must be withdrawn and used primarily within two years following the date when it was awarded. In case a grant has not been withdrawn and used within the determined time frame, it will be cancelled without further notice. A grant can be withdrawn by sending a payment request via email to [email protected] Grants are primarily paid in one installment.

A grant must be used for the purpose for which it has been awarded. If the content of the project or the circumstances of its implementation change significantly, the grantee must inform the Foundation immediately to discuss possible changes in the grant's usage.

MELA, the pension fund for agricultural entrepreneurs, provides pension, accident and group life insurance coverage for grant recipients in Finland. Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation will inform MELA of all working grants awarded to individuals for periods of four (4) months or more and exceeding the minimum level for pension payments (€ 3 900 / year in 2019). It is the grantees' responsibility to contact MELA in order to arrange a pension coverage.

The grant recipient must declare the grant received from Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation in the tax declaration. The Foundation notifies the Finnish tax authorities annually of the grants paid to natural persons.

The grant recipient must submit a report on the use of the grant to the Foundation within one year after the grant's use. The report should be sent by email to [email protected] A new grant can be applied only after a report has been submitted on the use of a previous grant.

In accordance with good practice, the grant recipient should thank Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation in connection with the publication of supported projects. You can download the Foundation logo here.

Awarded grants

Due to changes in both data protection legislation and the operation of Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation, the names of grant recipients will not be published on the Foundation's website until 2020. The list of grant recipients will be published annually in September.

The data protection policy of Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation

In its operations, Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation complies with the EU Data Protection Regulation (2016/679), Data Protection Act of Finland, and other applicable data protection regulations concerning the privacy of registered persons.  The Foundation processes personal data in accordance with the principles of good information management and the practices of good personal data processing.

In the activities of the Foundation, the processing of grant applications forms two registers: a register of grant applicants and a register of grant recipients. The registers are not kept in paper form.

When applying for a grant from Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation, the applicant consents to the use of her or his personal data to the extent required by the Foundation's basic functions as a grant awarding entity. In the Foundation's activities, the processing of personal data relates to the evaluation of applications, the payment of grants, and providing public information on the realisation of the Foundation's purpose. The data is received from the grant applicants, the grant recipients, as well as the writers of statements.

Personal information is processed by the board of trustees and the secretary general of the Foundation, the expert members of the advisory panel evaluating the applications, designated accountants and auditors. Personal information is shown only to the extent necessary for the recipient group. The Foundation provides information on grants paid to natural persons to both MELA and the Finnish tax authorities.

As the registrar, the Foundation will retain the application data of the grant recipients for three (3) years from the end of the grant year. Information regarding other applications will be retained by the Foundation for one (1) year from the end of the application year. After the end of the retention period, the Foundation will destroy the registered data.

In accordance with the guidelines for good governance issued by the Association of Finnish Foundations, Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation publishes the names of grant recipients on its website.