Finland 100 subsidies have strengthened the centenary programme
The Finland 100 centenary programme consists of independent projects, implemented by different actors, that are being realised by over half a million Finnish people. In August 2017, there were over 4,800 projects within the official centenary programme, which makes the Finland 100 centenary year the widest jubilee programme ever implemented in Finland.
All projects that have applied to the centenary year programme through an open application process and have fulfilled the basic requirements, have been included in the official Finland 100 centenary programme. The projects get the right to use the Finland 100 logo, and are part of the national Finland 100 communications. The application period continues until the end of October 2017.
The budget of the Finland 100 project contains about 7 million euros for the national Finland 100 subsidies. The subsidy programme also includes 1,9 million euros of subsidies channeled to the regional projects through the Finland 100 regional network. Around 160 Finland 100 projects have been granted Finland 100 state subsidies from the Prime Minister’s office, and around 750 projects have been granted Finland 100 regional subsidies. This means that the majority of the Finland 100 programme is being realised by other financial means besides the state subsidies of the Finland 100 project.
Application rounds for the national Finland 100 subsidy
The objective of the national Finland 100 subsidies is to give financial support to such Finland 100 projects, which are especially important in creating the centenary year as a whole. In addition to the project subsidies, Finland 100 has supported the projects of the centenary year with other means, like communications and advancing the collaboration between projects. Programme preparation can also be realized through acquisitions, if necessary.
The Prime Minister’s Office arranged three national Finland 100 subsidies applications rounds in 2015 and 2016. Over 900 projects applied for the subsidy. The projects were required to fulfill the basic requirements of the Finland 100 programme, and the special requirements related to subsidies. In addition, granting of state subsidies is always based on consideration as a whole. The requirements have been introduced in the Finland 100 subsidy programme.
The first application round of the Finland 100 subsidy programme was organised from 8 to 23 December in 2015. The application process was open to all Finland 100 projects that fulfilled the basic requirements of the Finland 100 programme. During this application round, the proposals in the wider cooperation application round, organised from 30 April to 15 September in 2015, were also taken into consideration.
At the beginning of 2016, a mid-term evaluation was made related to the Finland 100 programme as a whole, after which the Finland 100 board decided on two targeted application rounds for subsidies. The aim of the targeted application rounds was to complete the programme with missing content, hence enforcing the programme’s objectives.
The requirements for projects that were a part of the application round for societal projects that strengthen Finland’s future were the following: concrete acts to strengthen Finland, and long-lasting effectiveness. The acts could relate to democracy, civil society, equality, or freedom of speech, among other things. Other possible objectives might have been to advance education, working life, business, or internationalisation. The application round was organised from 4 to 25 April in 2016.
The Finland 100 international subsidy programme has been supporting the Finland 100 programme as a whole happening outside Finland, especially in neighbouring countries, Nordic countries, and in other areas essential to country branding. The projects that were granted funding were required to support Finland’s country branding and to advance the visibility of Finnish know-how. This application round was also arranged from 4 to 25 April in 2016.
Effectiveness, originality, and availability
In addition to the basic requirements of the Finland 100 programme, the projects that have received financial support have also had to meet the following requirements: realisation of the project in at least two regions of Finland, national features related to content or meaning, or internationality. The main organiser of the project has to be a juridic person who has dealt with their obligations in an adequate manner. The object of the financial support has to be other than a project, which core function is publically funded, or a construction investment.
The subsidies are granted by the Prime Minister’s Office based on the recommendation of the Finland 100 Centenary Board. The subsidies are granted mainly based on realised expenses and mid-term reports, and the last installment is paid only after the project has ended and the final report has been accepted. The subsidy is partial, meaning that the project has to have other sources of funding, too. The granting of a subsidy is always based on a consideration as a whole. When making decisions about subsidies, realisation of the following values in the projects have been given extra weight:
- effectiveness: the project strengthens Finland or the unity of Finnish people in some concrete way, like acts, decisions, or action leading to them
- originality, innovativeness, creativity: the project is something new and unique or made in a new way, or includes elements as such
- availability: the core content of the project can be accessed as widely as possible, on the internet, for example