Grants for Culture
The City of Oulu's educational services and cultural services support arts and culture actors as well as art professionals and their working groups with grants.

Contact information

Johanna Tuukkanen,
Head of Cultural Services
tel. 044 703 7510

Sami Ylisaari
Cultural Director
tel. 040 668 3578

Grants for Culture


Smaller subsidies for cultural  event organizers

The City of Oulu’s Cultural Services has smaller subsidies to support cultural event organizers. The maximum amount to apply is 500€, and the whole subsidy should be used for organizing a cultural event open for public. The application process is continuous. The decision is made by the Cultural Director.

The general principles for admitting a subsidy as well as necessary application forms are on this same page.


The application period for the Oulu Valistustalo Fund grants this year is 6.3. –31.3.2023 at 3.30 pm.

The Fund managed by the Educational and Cultural Services of the City of Oulu supports the cultural life in Oulu with grants.

Application period 6.-31.3.2023, by 3.30 pm.

The proposal for grants is prepared by a working group and the selection is guided by the grant principles approved by the City of Oulu Cultural Board.

The applications with the attachments should be sent mainly electronically:
Street address: Kansankatu 55A
Postal address: Kirjaamo P.O. Box 71, 90015 City of Oulu

To whom

Grants can be given to individuals, working groups and communities acting in various fields of art and culture.

The purpose of the grants is to support people living in Oulu or projects directed to the Oulu Region.

The subsidies support

artistic work
production costs
development of the productions or works at their early stage, for example manuscripts, or developing an idea or a concept
travel costs for networking of an individual or a working group, a performance or an exhibition

The grants will not be given

for hobbies and camp activities
projects already having another grant from the city

The applications will be evaluated by a group of experts, whose comprehensive evaluation will be considered by the Head of the Cultural and Educational Services, who is the final decision maker.  You find the previous decisions via this link.

Evaluation criteria

Quality of the application
The application's impressiveness
The budget and financing plan in the application (other than that of the early stage)

In addition, the evaluation considers the applicant's other financing for the project.

Application forms


Valistustalo Fund 2023 (PDF)


Smaller subsidies for cultural  event organizers (PDF)