At  the Annual Gala on February 27, 2012 the Finnish Cultural Foundation awarded ca 1 000 grants and three awards for outstanding achievement with a total sum of 21,3 million euro. In addition, the 17 regional funds will award altogether 9 million euro during spring 2012. 

The Foundation has awarded special awards for outstanding achievement since 1941. The recipients of these awards, which are made on the Foundation's initiative, are private individuals.

This year photographer Sanna Kannisto, economist Matti Pohjola and translator Oili Suominen each received an award of 30.000 euro for their eminent work promoting high quality Finnish national culture.