Do it yourself, take action and make a difference
Need money, facilities or equipment for your own activities? The City of Helsinki Youth Services and the entire City can provide many kinds of support and help for young people’s own activities and youth associations.
This page features information about the different forms of support available for young people’s own activities. The links will direct you to facilities, financial support and other forms of assistance.
Youth groups can apply for a project grant for youth groups called Sponssi. The Sponssi grant can be awarded for a wide variety of activities. The important thing is that the project is created by a youth group and involves young people. There are also grants for youth associations that Helsinki-based youth associations can apply for. For example, new Helsinki-based youth associations can apply for a start grant for launching their activities.
Facilities, equipment and services
Youth Services have plenty of different facilities across the city that youth groups and Helsinki-based youth associations can reserve free of charge. Youth Services also have several locations that provide different kinds of equipment for borrowing. For example, you can borrow camping equipment from Wempaimisto and light and sound equipment from the AV Lending Centre. If you are making music, you can use recording studios and band practice facilities. Furthermore, you can use Youth Services’ Copying Centre to make prints such as posters and flyers (pages in Finnish).
Helsinki City Libraries also provide a wide variety of services and facilities for young people and other residents to use. Did you know that in addition to books, you can borrow items such as ice skates, sewing machines and musical instruments from libraries!