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Oulu 2026, Open Call for cultural programme

Oulu, market square and market hall Oulu, market square and market hall photo by Sanna Krook

The Oulu2026 organisation is offering an unmissable opportunity in autumn 2022 for partners to become part of the capital of culture programme. The autumn 2022 Open Call is specifically aimed at large-scale projects that take several years to prepare or carry out. The call for applications for individual, communal projects will be announced nearer 2026.

The Open Call will be launched in October 3rd 2022 to allow the projects selected for funding sufficient time to create genuine impact and change within the region.

More detailed application instructions, criteria and terms and conditions for funding will be published on their website on 1 September 2022. The application form will be available on this website from 3 October 2022. The call for applications closes on 9 December 2022. The final decisions will be announced by 31 May 2023.

What are the application criteria?
The autumn 2022 Open Call is aimed at projects related to the main themes Wild City, Cool Contrasts and Brave Hinterland. 

The project must be linked to one or several of the three main themes. Focus areas relevant to the themes include art and technology, the cultural history within the Oulu2026 region, creative spaces and places, regional food culture, combining nature and art, festival development, the promotion of minority cultures and a sustainable future.

The projects must be ready to be delivered independently with funding provided.

The projects must have a wide-reaching impact and the ability to offer unique experiences, permanent change or new models of operation. The focus of the project must be on 2026 but it may be launched earlier if this supports the achievement of the key goals.

The purpose of the Open Call is to support unique artistic and cultural initiatives. The purpose is not to offer funding for regular operations of organisations and actors, but rather encourage established organisations and actors to envision programme that complements and furthers the daily operations.

The project must mainly take place within the Oulu2026 region.

What type of costs can be covered?
As a rule, the funding awarded will cover up to approximately 50% of the total budget. The application must include a budget for the project. The self-financing may be obtained through, for example, sales or fees, grants and sponsorship. The remaining funding may also include salaries and voluntary work.

The Open Call is specifically aimed at projects, not regular and established activities.

Infrastructure and property costs (e.g., rent, building service charges, repairs and building work and equipment) may be funded only if they form an essential part of a larger project and account for a reasonable part of the overall budget.

The application instructions published on 1st September will provide further details about the application and funding.

Need further information?
The webinars and help desks organised during the summer and autumn will provide more information about the Open Call.

The first information events for the first Open Call are held via Zoom  on 13 June 2022 at 12 p.m. (in Finnish) and 1 p.m. (in English).

Other information here



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