Grants for foreign publishers

Finnish children’s picture books into other languages

Foreign publishers may apply for grants to cover the production costs for children’s picture books which have been published in Finland and translated directly from Finnish, Swedish or Sámi into other languages.

Application periods

There are three application periods each year:

The first spring application round begins on 1 January and ends on 1 February.
The online application form closes at 23:59 (Finnish time) on the final day of the application round.

The second spring application round begins on 1 April and ends on 1 May.
The online application form closes at 23:59 (Finnish time) on the final day of the application round.

The autumn application round begins on 1 October and ends on 1 November.
The online application form closes at 23:59 (Finnish time) on the final day of the application round.

Applications must be submitted via the online application form. The application form will be available on FILI’s website when each application round begins. After the last day of each application round, the form will be taken down and no more applications will be accepted.

A list of successful grant applications will be published on FILI’s website approximately two months after the end of each application period. Translated works may not be printed or published before the decisions have been made. If an application is successful, the translated book must include a mention of the FILI grant and the FILI logo.

Grants will not be awarded retrospectively for translations that have already been published.

Grant applicants

Foreign publishers may apply for grants to cover the production costs for children’s picture books which have been published in Finland and translated directly from Finnish, Swedish or Sámi into other languages. The books must be translated directly from the original language of publication.

Grant applications may be made only if:

  • a contract between the foreign publisher and the owner of the rights in the original work has been signed, and
  • a contract between the foreign publisher and the translator has been signed.

Copies of the contracts do not need to be attached to the application. FILI may, however, ask to see copies of the contracts, and spot-checks of contractual terms are regularly carried out.

If applying for both translation and production grants, two separate applications must be submitted.

Grant amounts

Publishers can apply for grants to cover production costs (prepress costs and actual printing costs) for books they are publishing in translation. The maximum amount that can be awarded in a single grant is €1000. Prepress and printing costs must be stated in the application, itemised in separate attachments.

Lists of previously awarded production grants can be found on FILI’s website.

Terms and conditions for the awarding of grants

The purpose of the production grants programme is to promote the translation and publication of Finnish children’s picture books abroad.

The quality of the literature and the expertise of the publisher and translator are particularly important factors in the assessment of applications.

Conditions for the awarding of production grants:

  • The translator translates into his/her mother tongue (native language)
  • The translator has professional translation experience
  • The work is translated directly from the original language in which it was published.
  • The publisher of the translation uses professional distribution and marketing channels.

Exceptions to these criteria can be made only for very well justified reasons, e.g. works being translated via an intermediary language.

As a general principle, a publisher may apply for grants for a maximum of three books by the same author.

Production grants will be awarded only for the first edition of children’s picture books. Grants will not be awarded for reprints of translations that have already been published.

Required attachments

Prepress and printing costs must be stated in the application, itemised in separate attachments. Copies of the contracts do not need to be attached to the application. FILI may, however, ask to see copies of the contracts and spot-checks of contractual terms are regularly carried out.

Grant decisions

FILI’s advisory board will make the final decision on the production grants awarded.

A list of successful grant applications will be published on FILI’s website approximately two months after the end of the application period. All applicants will be informed of the publication of the grant decisions by email.

A copy of the “Agreement on the awarding and use of funding and on the monitoring and conditions of its use” will be posted to successful applicants, as required under the Finnish government funding act. This contract must be signed by the applicant and returned to FILI.

Reasons for individual grant decisions will not be issued.

Payment and monitoring of production grants

  • Production grants will be paid into the publisher’s bank account indicated on the application form after the applicant has submitted 2 copies of the book to FILI.
  • It is a precondition for payment that the publisher returns the signed “Agreement on the awarding and use of funding and on the monitoring and conditions of its use” to FILI as soon as possible.
  • Successful production grants are valid for 24 months after the awarding date.
  • The publisher must send two copies of the translation to FILI as soon as it is published, at latest 24 months after the awarding date. If the translated work is not delivered to FILI by the deadline, the awarded grant will be withdrawn.
  • Published books must include a mention of the FILI grant and the FILI logo.

Please note: if a children’s picture book is awarded both translation and production grants, it is the publisher’s responsibility to send FILI two copies of the finished translated work.

The publisher agrees to observe the contractual terms stipulated in the Finnish Government Funding Act and to use the grant for the purpose for which it is intended. FILI is entitled to receive, upon request, details and accounts from the grant recipient concerning the use of Finnish state funding.

The publisher agrees to use the grant for the purpose for which it is intended. If the production grant is not used according to these terms and conditions, the grant must be returned.

If the translation project is cancelled or substantially changed after the application has been processed, the publisher must inform FILI immediately (email )