What is Applyforgrants.fi?
Applyforgrants.fi will collect all government grant applications under a single online service. It serves all types of applicants, including
- associations and foundations
- municipalities and joint municipal authorities
- scientific institutes and research organisations
- higher education institutions
- private individuals.
This website will contain all instructions related to the use of the Applyforgrants.fi service. In spring 2022, the service will test the publication and use of the Fire Protection Fund’s (PSR) general grant application notice and form. You can use the service to browse the application notice and apply for a grant.
The development of government grant services is conducted under the Ministry of Finance’s . The State Treasury is responsible for the development and maintenance of online services and for supporting their users. The project involves three online services in total: Applyforgrants.fi, Exploregrants.fi and Managegrants.fi.
Suomi.fi e-Authorizations and identification in the service
To apply for government grants and handle any other grant-related affairs, you must log in to the Applyforgrants.fi service. Means of identification
- personal banking codes
- a mobile certificate, or
- electronic ID card.
The right to act on behalf of an organisation, company or person will be verified in the Suomi.fi service authorisation register when the user logs in to the Applyforgrants.fi service.
Acting on behalf of a company or organisation
Acting on behalf of a company or organisation requires a mandate granted in the Suomi.fi service. You can act on behalf of a company or organisation in the following roles (mandate theme):
Preparing the application for discretionary government grants
The assignee may prepare an application for discretionary government grants and further measures related to them.
Applying for discretionary government grants
The assignee can prepare an application for discretionary government grants and measures related to them, submit them for processing and cancel the application.
Applying for discretionary government grants and data management
The assignee can prepare an application for discretionary government grants and measures related to them, submit them for processing and cancel the application as well as manage data related to the assignor.
The roles related to discretionary government grants previously granted in the Suomi.fi service are as such valid in the Applyforgrants.fi service.
You can also use the Applyforgrants.fi service in roles that entitle you to use the Finnish Trade Register, the Business Information System (YTJ) or the Finnish Register of Associations:
Entries in the Finnish Trade Register
Managing Director of the company (TJ)
Substitute Managing Director of the company (TJS)
Signatory of the company with the right to represent the company alone (NIMKO)
Entries in the Finnish Register of Associations
Signatory with the right to represent the association alone (NIMKO)
More information on mandates (Suomi.fi)
Mandate service for officials
If the right to represent companies or organisations cannot be verified from the Finnish Trade Register, the Business Information System (YTJ) or the Finnish Register of Associations, the mandate rights must be registered in the mandate service for officials of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. The mandate roles related to discretionary government grants previously granted in the service are as such valid in the Applyforgrants.fi service.
The parties that need the mandate service for officials include
- educational institutions
- government agencies
- parishes and foundations, and
- associations whose signature rule states that the association is represented by two or more persons together.
Authorisation with an application (Suomi.fi)
Acting on behalf of a private applicant
Applying for discretionary government grants for private applicants will become possible in the Applyforgrants.fi service during 2023.
Acting on behalf of a foreign company or organisation
This will become possible later in the Applyforgrants.fi service.
Applyforgrants.fi works on most major browsers, including Google Chrome, Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari.
We recommend using the latest version of your browser to ensure the security and functionality of the service. We do not recommend using Internet Explorer (IE), as it no longer supports the latest web standards.
Home page and navigating the service
The Applyforgrants.fi service is available in Finnish, Swedish and English. You can select your preferred language in the main menu.
Please note that some application notices are not fully translated into every language. For example, an application may only be partially translated into English if the responsible government grant authority does not provide services in English. In such cases, the application form can only be browsed in Finnish or Swedish.
Your selected language will determine the language in which the government grant authority will process your application.
To apply for government grants and handle any other grant-related affairs, you must log in to the Applyforgrants.fi service. You can use the following identification methods:
- your personal bank ID
- a mobile ID
- an electronic identity card.
The right to act on behalf of an association, company or person will be verified with the authorisation register maintained by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency’s Suomi.fi e-Authorization service.
Browsing the application notices does not require logging in to the service. Any user information (Personal information and Personal matters) will only be displayed to those who have logged in to the service.
To view more detailed information on a government grant application, select the application on the application list in the home page.
Each application includes
- an application notice
- the standard terms related to the use of the grant
- the application form.
Currently, the application form will only be displayed to users who have logged in to the service.
An application notice can also be published in advance before the beginning of its application period, in which case it may not include all of its information.
All government grant application notices are published using the same structure, but the type of government grant may affect how some sections are named and the information they contain.
Filling in an application form, returning to an application, and attachments
Applying for a grant requires logging in to the service. You can log in to the service in the application notice’s Apply for the grant tab or at the top right corner of the page.
You can begin filling in your application using any Suomi.fi authorisation role that permits you to apply for government grants.
All government grant application forms contain the same structure, but the type of government grant may affect how some sections are named and the information they contain. Additionally, the government grant authority responsible for the application may include additions to the questions presented on the application form.
Provide your application with a descriptive and identifiable name
Before filling in the application form, you will be required to enter a short and identifiable name for your application. This could be e.g. “General grant application for 2023”. The name of your application will also be used to identify your application in the case that you or your organisation submits several forms to a single application. This name cannot be changed at a later date.
Application form sections
The sections of an application form are listed on the Apply for the grant tab, and they include the following:
- Applicant information
- Objectives and effectiveness
- Practical implementation
- Cost estimate and funding
- Contact details
The application form will be opened in the Application management view, and will be displayed as view only by default. When you open a section, it will be locked for your use. Other users can edit the other sections of the form at the same time. The name of the person editing a section is displayed at the top right corner of the locked section. Additionally, a lock is displayed next to the title of the section at the left side of the application form.
Once you have finished filling in a section or wish to take a break, remember to select the Save and quit button before you leave. This will allow other users to access that section. After you have saved, a green confirmation message will be displayed at the top of the page.
The text fields in the application form include a maximum character limit. This limit is displayed at the bottom right of each text field, e.g. 1500/1500. The first figure decreases as you fill in the field. If you paste any text into the field, remember to check whether your text was fully included.
The application form provides an impact chain template for download. Save all of your impact chains into a single file and attach it to your application.
You can stop filling in your application at any time. To return to your application, select Personal matters from the main menu (hamburger button). Your Personal matters view displays your applications in three sections. Any unfinished applications are displayed in the In progress section. If you or your organisation has participated in a single application using several forms, use the application name to identify the correct form in the Application column. You can sort the columns using the arrow buttons on the title row.
Maximum attachment size is 25MB. You cannot edit the description you have given to your attachment at a later date.
Submitting an application
Applications can be submitted by those who have been granted the Suomi.fi authorisation role “Applying for subsidies” or “Applying for subsidies and managing information”. Additionally, applications can be submitted without separate authorisation by certain official roles that have been included in the Trade Register, Business Information System (BIS) or Register of Associations. For more information, check the following page: Suomi.fi authorisations and identifying with the service.
An application is signed and submitted at the same time. The submission process can be completed by one authorised person. Support for two or more signatories will be included in the service at a later date.
Personal information and personal matters
After you have logged in, you can select the main menu (hamburger button) to view and edit your client details in the Personal information section. Editing this information is only available to those who have been granted the “Applying for subsidies and managing information” authorisation role.
We use information stored in other official registers as the applicant’s personal information. This means that some of the information cannot be edited within the service. To edit this information, visit the source register in question. After you have edited your information and logged back in to the Applyforgrants.fi service, your updated information will be displayed in the service.
You can find your applications in the Personal matters section in the main menu (hamburger button). Your Personal matters view displays your applications in three sections. Any unfinished applications are displayed in the In progress section.
If you or your organisation has participated in a single application using several forms, use the application name to identify the correct form in the Application column. You can sort the columns using the arrow buttons on the title row.