One main aim in the new sports law (from 5/2015) and national HEPA strategy (2013) is that HEPA viewpoint (including funding), is included in all policies and organisations’ actions in the Finnish society.
In Finland, we have a very diverse funding for HEPA. The funding consists of a large number of grants and government grants and in part it is difficult or impossible to point out how much of different state subsidies are allocated to HEPA. In first place the goal to enhance physical activity is only one perspective in measures to support or promote physical education, counseling, school and student health care, elderly services, support for well-being at work and support for work in the context of social and health services. In second hand there is no comprehensive monitoring system to collect and point out exact amounts of funding.
It is stated in Finland’s HEPA strategy (On the move 2013), that in order to improve the health and wellbeing of the Finnish population and the competitiveness of society at large, funding and other resources for physical activity promoting health and wellbeing should be increased and directed at areas that generate the largest reductions in the amount of physical inactivity.
At least the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health intend to take these aims into account in their financial planning covering the next few years. The Sports Division of the Ministry of Education and Culture have screened its grant systems and, to the extent necessary, changed their criteria so that they support physical activity promoting health and wellbeing.
The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health also urge other ministries and the institutions under them to direct their resources to support the prerequisites of physical activity promoting health and wellbeing in their own sectors and reduce any granting of resources that are harmful from the perspective of the promotion of physical activity.
Partnership funding is particularly important in the implementation of extensive national measures, which means that efforts should be made to increase this type of funding. Successful examples of national physical activity programmes that have received partnership funding are the programmes Fit for Life and Strength in Old Age and the coordination of the National Policy Programme for Older People’s Physical Activity.