Grants for foreign publishers / The Nordic Council of Ministers’ translation grant

Finnish fiction and non-fiction into Nordic languages

FILI’s Finnish fiction and non-fiction into Nordic languages grant programme covers the costs of translating books published in Finland from Finnish or Finland-Swedish into the Nordic languages. The grant programme is funded by The Nordic Council of Ministers.

Grants are available for these literary genres:

  • prose
  • poetry
  • children’s/young adult (YA) literature
  • published drama scripts (i.e. with an ISBN)
  • comics/graphic novels.

Grants are also available for anthologies.

Nordic publishers may also apply for translation grants for translations that will be published as e-books, if the project fulfils the criteria for awarding grants.

For works of non-fiction, grants are available for general non-fiction, essays and memoirs.

Translation grants are not available for academic literature (scientific and academic publications, PhD theses/dissertations), reference works (such as dictionaries or handbooks), guides (such as cookbooks, self help books, craft books, hobby books) or educational materials.

In addition to translation grants, publishers outside Finland can apply for printing grants to cover printing costs for children’s picture books and comics/graphic novels.

Publishers may apply for translation and printing grants for more than one work in the same application round if the translations are to be published at the same time. You can also apply for grants for different works by the same author.

Please note that we receive more applications in each round than we can award grants to. Because of the large number of applications, even some good projects might not receive a grant.

Applications are submitted via an online application form which can be accessed on the FILI website during the application round. The form is removed after the last day of each application round. No applications are accepted outside of the application rounds.

Applying for a translation grant

Application assessment and decisions

When awarded a grant