Promotional grants

FILI invites international publishers to apply for grants to support promotional activities for new or recently published translations of Finnish books abroad. These grants have typically been used to cover travel and accommodation costs of the author.

We are now accepting applications on a trial basis for grants to cover the costs of virtual author events, video production and marketing materials for bookstores, for example. The grants can be applied to marketing expenses that are justified and legitimate. Please include a budget with specified costs to the application.

Applications must be submitted at least two months before the event.

The purpose of FILI’s promotional grants is to promote the sales and media coverage of translated works in the countries where they are published, and thereby to increase awareness of Finnish literature abroad.

Applications for promotional grants may be submitted by foreign publishers or organisations arranging events in conjunction with a foreign publisher.

In case of travelling:

  • Grants are awarded for the purpose of covering travel expenses (such as airline or train tickets from the country of residence to the country of destination) and part of the accommodation costs of Finnish authors attending promotional events. Promotional grants cannot be used for local traffic or taxi costs or authors’ fees. Please include a budget with specified costs to the application.
  • Priority will be given to professional projects involving a variety of events for the author.
  • A programme and marketing plan for the promotional tour or event must be included with the application.
  • The party submitting an application is responsible for making travel arrangements for the author. Travel insurance is the responsibility of the speaker or the applicant. For successful applications, grants will be paid only against actual costs incurred following submission of an itemised invoice along with supporting evidence of expenses (copies of, or receipts for, travel tickets) and a report on the event (including media coverage, audience, book sales).

All publications (brochures, programmes, handouts, electronic publications, etc.) connected with an event receiving a promotional grant must include the FILI logo. You can also send us marketing information, such as announcements on your website or Facebook page, about your event beforehand.

In addition to these promotional grants, FILI will also consider awarding grants for author visits that are not in conjunction with the publication of a new translation – particularly for poets to take part in poetry festivals.