Annual Grants for Cultural Projects

eero_poster_lg_vert-2Thank you for your interest in our grants program. 
The next application deadline IS January 17, 2018. 

Finlandia Foundation National annually invites applications for its grants program, which awards funds to projects related to Finnish-American and Finnish history, heritage, arts and culture.

The new documentary aired on PBS on December 27, 2016, Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future, is an example of an FFN grant recipient. 

Brief descriptions of recent grant awards may be found in the Spring issues of FFN newsletters; click here for those PDFs. 

Finlandia Foundation National invites high-quality projects on a competitive basis that relate to past, present or future of Finnish and Finnish-American culture and are characterized by MANY of the following:
  • receives favorable attention and has a high profile and visibility
  • will be experienced by many people
  • appeals to all Americans, not only ethnic Finns
  • involves worthy activity for children and young adults to assure an interest in Finnish and Finnish-American culture by future generations
  • has multiplier or leverage qualities
  • can be replicated or become a permanent addition to the cultural life of a community
  • is well planned and implemented by individuals or groups
  • involves service of volunteers
  • has a detailed budget, income and expenses
  • adds to the body of research about Finnish and Finnish-American culture
  • if applicable, includes a marketing plan for a project that involves sales of items or event tickets


  • $5,000 is the maximum you may request. 
  • Grant recipients agree to deliver a progress report at six months and a final report within one year of the grant being awarded.
  • Unused funds must be returned.
  • Grants must be supported by a chapter of FFN. Click here for the list of chapters.

THE ENTIRE APPLICATION, EXCEPT FOR SIGNATURES, MUST BE TYPED (not handwritten). You may also add extra pages to the following application.

Please include the proper headings.
PLEASE NOTE: Grant proposals must relate to a project occurring between May 1 of the grant year and April 30 of the following year.

Grant applications may be sent via e-mail or mail. All applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by January 17, 2018. 

This deadline relates to all application materials, including attachments and letters of recommendation sent separately. It is the responsibility of the grant applicant to abide by this deadline. If you send support material, send only copies of originals. None will be returned.

Your application must not exceed 10 pages. Any application exceeding that maximum will be disqualified.

Do not send: books, CDs, tapes, DVDs or videos

To send via E-mail: office @

Mail/Delivery: 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA  91103

Click here for the PDF of the application.

Every question must be answered or the application will be considered incomplete. Be sure to sign the application before mailing. Unsigned applications will be returned.