General information about the grant

The funding awarded by Kone Foundation must be used for the purpose for which it was initially awarded. If you intend to make changes to the concept of your project or the composition of the workgroup team, you (or the project leader, if applicable) must submit a change request on the online grant service.

If you intend to accept the grant, you do not need to inform Kone Foundation, but if you cannot, please contact us as soon as possible.

The funding must be used according to the following time frames:

  • one-year grants must be used within three years of awarding
  • two-year grants within four years
  • three-year grants within five years
  • four-year grants within six years

The period in which the grant must be used can be extended under the following conditions: if the grant payments have been deferred due to parental leave, military service, to care for a child below three years of age, or sick leave. Please contact the Foundation office if you wish to extend the grant period.


The grant should primarily be used for the purpose for which it was awarded. If the concept of the project, composition of the working group, working percentage or any other key element changes, the project leader must submit a change request via the online service.

Please explain your reasoning on the change request form: What has changed after the grant decision and why? The request for change will be processed within approximately one month of receiving it.

If the project proposal included an anonymous grantee/grantees, the project leader must also submit a change request to confirm the identity of these grantees. Please attach the CV for any new grantee on the “Change request” page. A payment request for this grantee can only be submitted after the change request has been confirmed.

Smaller grants are available (25%, 50% or 75% of full grant) for part-time work. For changes to the work amount, the project leader must send the change request.

For changes to your project’s timetable, it is usually enough to submit a new payment request.

Do you need help filling in the change request? Please see an instructional video.

It is important to note that grantees themselves must contact MELA regarding possible changes to their grants. Before making changes to payment schedules, we recommend that grant recipients inquire from MELA how these changes will affect their insurance coverage and, in particular, the insurance period.


If you are granted support from another funding body or accept work in a salaried position, that will affect your Kone Foundation grant; please inform us immediately. You must also inform us of any military service, parental leave to look after children under 3 years of age, or sick leave. For the majority of such cases, the grant will be suspended and paid later.

If a grantee with MYEL insurance goes on sick leave, they may be eligible for a MELA sickness allowance. Payment of the grant must be suspended during sick leave. Further details can be obtained from MELA.

If you have a full-time grant, you can work elsewhere for a maximum of 25% of your total work time without your grant being suspended. Recipients of annual grants can take around one month of holiday per year without their grant being suspended.


If the grant is not used according to Foundation guidelines, any grants not yet received may be cancelled and grants already received may be claimed for recovery. A grant that has not been used within the time periods specified above is considered cancelled. The recipient will not be notified of the cancellation.


If the grantee is an organisation or a working group, the grant payment requests must be submitted by the project leader. The project leader decides which bank account to use for other expenses. If the content of the project, composition of the working group or any other key element changes, the project leader must submit a change request on the online grant service. It is the responsibility of the project leader to submit the final report, and the interim report for multi-year projects, on behalf of the project.

It is the responsibility of the project leader to inform the other members about how to find more information about taxation of the grant and MYEL insurance coverage for grantees (such as on Kone Foundation’s website or through MELA and the Finnish Tax Administration). It is also the responsibility of the leader to guide the working group members to inform MELA of changes regarding their grant payments.

The project leader ensures that the grant is used for the purpose for which it has been awarded.  


The project leader must ensure that there is no discrimination in the project on the basis of age, origin, nationality, language, religion, belief, opinion, societal activity, family relationships, state of health, disability, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristic.

All project members must act in a fair and equal manner. Bullying, unfair treatment and harassment must not be tolerated. Please report unfair treatment and other serious internal conflicts to Kone Foundation, so that we can try to find solutions together.

What is unfair treatment and harassment? Read more on the website of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Finland.