Who are the KOURA grants for?
Permanent and temporary employees and work groups of Yle and MTV and their subsidiaries who have participated in creating copyrighted Finnish original works.
Companies, collectives, and independent entrepreneurs, i.e. anyone who organises seminars and group instruction. Expense grants and working grants can also be awarded to working groups, in which case the leader of the working group must meet the aforementioned eligibility requirements.
The occupational title of the grant applicant/work group leader is not a decisive criterion for the awarding of grants; the focus is on the content of the copyrighted material created by the applicant/work group leader. For this reason, an account on the copyrighted content created by the applicant/work group leader from the last three years must be included in the application. E.g. production coordinators and persons in similar positions who have participated in creating media content may apply for and receive KOURA grants if the contents of the work have been significant from the point of view of copyright law. Persons only writing online articles, doing content marketing, or making YouTube content are not eligible to apply for grants.
If it has been less than two years since an applicant has received a KOURA grant, he cannot receive another one. This two years waiting period does not concern an applicant who has been leading or been member of a work group that has received a KOURA grant.
You are eligible to apply even if you
- are a trade union member
- have received KOURA awards
The aforementioned criteria for eligibility do not apply to those applying for grants to organise seminars/group instruction. The grant in question can also be awarded to companies, collectives, independent entrepreneurs and persons employed somewhere other than Yle or MTV (or its affiliates).
How can the KOURA grant be used?
Koura can only award grants for uses that are in accordance with the KOURA agreement and tax-free from the point of view of the Income Tax Act.
Grants are awarded for the following uses:
- Journalistic and artistic supplementary media studies in Finland and abroad:
- to update professional skills o to improve diverse knowhow
- to complete studies/modules necessary for graduation if the skills acquired can be expected to improve the applicant’s current professional skills in the future
- media field festival and seminar trips
- improving on the language skills or other special skill necessary for the profession o organising seminars and group instruction
- Professional experiments
- creating and developing personal experimental projects, such as working on a script that is not directly related to program and piloting work o developing such educational contents and expression in the media field that are not directly related to program and piloting work
- Making study materials to improve journalistic and artistic work in the media field
- Investigative and research work aimed at improving the media field
Please note also that grants are not awarded for:
- doing vocational basic studies in their entirety
- equipment purchases
- meal costs etc., with the exception of the working grant, which is intended for covering the recipient’s living costs
- projects with commercial purposes
- recreational purposes
- retroactively for courses or study trips that have already started or ended
- uses that tax authorities consider to fall under the Income Tax Act
The working grant awarded to a study group can also be no larger than the highest yearly tax-free grant determined by the tax authorities. Working grants can be applied for a maximum of one year