Grants+

Kone Foundation’s Grants+ programme consists of services designed to support our grantees in their work. Participation in the services is voluntary: if time allows, you are free to take advantage of any part of the support we offer.

TRAINING AND PEER MENTORING

We arrange training, based on various themes, and other peer-led learning opportunities for grant recipients. The aim of the training and mentoring is to provide you with tools and support for developing your work, as well as opportunities for networking.

Our peer-mentoring groups offer grantees the chance to receive and to provide each other with mutual support as equal participants in the discussions.

Our communication training provides you with tools and skills to help you communicate about your project.

We announce the range of training courses in our Grants+ newsletters.

THE CHAMBER (“KAMARI”)

Kone Foundation offers a free-of-charge facility in Helsinki for use by grantees. The Chamber in Punavuori is a creative space for project gatherings, discussions and small seminars.

You can reserve the premises for a minimum of one hour and a maximum of one day on weekdays. Exceptions can be negotiated separately.

Please make a reservation using the booking calendar.

We will confirm your reservation by email within a week or ask for further information.

The facility is located on the fifth floor of a residential building, so the neighbours must always be considered and events should not be too noisy or otherwise inconvenience the other residents.

The premises are not fully accessible: the building has a lift and stairs. Those requiring unobstructed access should contact Kone Foundation’s office well in advance.

Visitors to the Chamber should observe all the instructions issued by the Foundation and the building’s housing company. The lessor of the space is obliged to handle insurance declarations and any other official notifications.

Details and equipment:

  • a flat measuring approx. 60 mcontaining a room suitable for presentations with a capacity of about 30 people
  • a space that can be easily transformed, with 30 chairs, 3 beanbag chairs and 2 tables
  • ready-to-use, high-quality presentation equipment
  • computer, video projector, audio system, channel changer, etc.
  • kitchen equipped with basics (mugs, glasses, cutlery and plates for 45)

RESEARCHER RESIDENCIES AT THE SAARI RESIDENCE

Please note: Intensive research periods cannot be organised at the moment due to renovation of the main building.

Academic researchers and nonfiction authors funded by Kone Foundation can apply to work at the Saari Residence in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland, which is intended for artists and researchers. One apartment-and-workspace unit is reserved for a researcher during the winter, and participants in research projects supported by the Foundation can gather in the manor’s main building for short intensive periods. The typical duration of a residency is two months. Here academic research includes artistic research at institutions such as the University of the Arts Helsinki and Aalto University. Unfortunately, artists whose work contains some research elements but is not performed in an academic context do not fall within the scope of residencies intended for researchers; they may apply for residencies during the annual application call.

For more information, please contact LEENA KELA, Executive Director of the Saari Residence. You may inquire about residency vacancies for the spring by the end of August and residency places for autumn by the end of February.

PROJECT QUESTIONS AND ADVICE

Do you have any questions relating to the progress of your research project, resources, reporting or communications? The director of research funding, grant coordinators and head of communications organise in-person receptions at the Lauttasaari Manor, or you may chat on Zoom or by phone. Reception times are announced in the event calendar on the Foundation’s website and on social media.

EVENTS

We organise some talks online and at the Lauttasaari Manor (when the coronavirus pandemic eases up), and you are most welcome to join the discussions and take part in networking. Follow the events on offer in the Foundation’s online calendar, the Grants+ newsletter and on social media.

NEWSLETTER

Subscribing to our newsletter is the easiest way to keep abreast of the Foundation’s services and events for grantees, as well as other news. As a grantee, you will receive our public newsletter a couple times a year as well as a Grants+ newsletter once a month.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE GRANTS+ NEWSLETTER (for grantees only)

GRANTEES’ SLACK PLATFORM

We are currently trying out Slack as a messaging and co-working platform for our grantees. Slack is a diverse tool for project communications, and we think it will also help fulfil grantees’ needs for peer support and networking.

On Kone Foundation’s Slack workspace, you have the opportunity to chat with other grantees, share news about your projects, develop new activities such as reading groups and find new partners and collaborators. Our goal with Slack is to support grantees’ work and sense of community. Throughout spring and autumn of 2021, we will try out a number of ways to create meaningful encounters on this digital platform.

The service is meant for grantees and other members of Kone Foundation-funded projects that are currently active or are starting soon.

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PROJECT COMMUNICATIONS 

The work we do in the Grants+ programme includes providing visibility for grantees’ work.

We support the development of grantees’ communication skills by providing them with training, as well as by communicating about our grantees’ work to the public in a series of articles the Foundation publishes.

The Foundation does not require grantees to communicate about their projects. However, doing so often benefits the project and its participants in a number of ways, making it well worth the effort.

When you plan your project communications, you should start by drawing up a communication plan in which you consider the following issues:

  • Goal: What do you want your communications to achieve?
  • Target groups: Who needs to hear about your project?
  • Message: What is important about your project? Is there any news you would like to share?
  • Channels: What channels do you want to use, and which ones are you already using? Do you need a website, or will communications be handled on social media? If you are preparing a newsletter, you should also email or call a journalist specialising in the subject. Make sure that you are reachable after sending a press release or any other kind of communication.
  • Schedule: At what point will you announce that your project has started, and what about the results? Communicate about the intermediate steps as well as the final outcome!
  • Visual elements: How does your project look? What kinds of project photos or illustrations of your project would you include in your communications or make available to the media? Could the results be visualised using infographics?
  • Responsibilities: It is important to agree on the division of labour between members of the group. Together, think about how you will share responsibility for communications and remember to allocate resources for time spent on communications in your work plans. It takes time to plan and carry out effective communications.
  • If possible, try to publicise your project within your organisation; e.g., through university channels. Remember to also use your personal social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To increase the visibility of your project you can, for instance, consider the following options:

  • Think about what could be newsworthy about the project and write a press release. In writing the press release, make use of the experts and channels within your umbrella organisation (e.g., a university communications unit) or use your own distribution list.
  • Write an article or blog about the project and submit it to a public platform. The Kone Foundation blog for grantees, At the Well, is one possibility.
  • Organise a discussion or other public event (such as a club, lecture or workshop) around the project or a theme closely connected to it. Invite people from outside your immediate circle to the event. The Kone Foundation Chamber can be used as a venue free of charge.
  • Offer to hold a presentation or take part in a discussion as a debater or moderator at an event that is open to the general public and thematically related to your project and expertise (e.g., book fairs, Science Forum [Tieteen Päivät], SuomiAreena).
  • Contact another project funded by Kone Foundation and organise a meeting to share information about each other’s projects.
  • Upload a video to YouTube about your project or a related topic. Share the video on social media. The video may also be a recording of a lecture. The video may be filmed with simple technology, such as a camera phone. A podcast is also a good alternative if you or your work group have the know-how to produce, upload and publicise one.

Please keep the Foundation’s communication staff updated about your news. When you share information about your project on social media, please tag the Foundation (@koneensaatio). This way we will be able to share your news with our audience, and you get a chance to let people know that you are a Kone Foundation grantee.


OUR “AT THE WELL” BLOG

We will redesign our website in the near future, which means that the grantees’ BLOG on the website will probably change a little. For the time being, the blog is running as before, and you can take advantage of it to share information with our readers about your project.

To do so, send us an article of up to 5,000 characters, including a title, headnote and subheadings, if any, and at least one photograph you have the right to use. Please arrange the date of publication with the Foundation’s communications staff (koneensaatio@koneensaatio.fi) before you begin writing.