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.

FACILITIES: KAMARI (“THE CHAMBER”) & SOFIA HELSINKI

Kamari: a space for grantees

Kone Foundation offers a free-of-charge facility in Helsinki for use by grantees. Kamari (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)

Sofia Helsinki facilities

From February 2022, Kone Foundation grant recipients have free access to Sofia Helsinki’s facilities in the centre of Helsinki, by the Senate Square. There are a limited number of day passes available for the coworking facilities. In addition, grantees may book facilities for open speaking events or meetings. Use of the facilities is conditional on grant work being in progress.

Our grantees can utilise the Sofia Helsinki facilities as follows:

  • Working with a day pass in the Sofia Helsinki coworking facilities
  • Organising a meeting or open speaking event

Offer on the use of the facilities is limited. More detailed information and instructions on how to use the facilities are available below.

Sofia Helsinki has barrier-free access when entering from Aleksanterinkatu and Sofiankatu. When arriving from the Sofiankatu entrance, an elevator must be used, for which a key is required. A key can be obtained and signed for at the info desk. Indoors, you can use the elevator for accessible movement between floors.

Instructions for using a day pass

A day pass entitles you to one day’s work in Sofia Helsinki’s public areas during the opening hours.

  • A day pass cannot be booked in advance.
  • There are a limited number of day passes available (50 per month). The number of day passes per grantee is limited to three per month from 1 March onwards.
  • When arriving at Sofia, first register at the info desk, where you will sign up for a day pass for that day on a list and receive a guest pass. Sofia’s staff will guide you through the use of the facilities upon your first visit.
  • If you want a tour of the premises during your first visit, book an appointment in advance at info@sofiahelsinki.fi.
  • As a day pass user, you have the opportunity to work in all the public areas at Sofia, in the member facilities and at the undesignated workstations and in the shared area (entire 2nd floor).
  • Access to the premises is from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed on public holidays).
  • During the day, you also have access to telephone booths (max. 2 hrs at a time).
  • You are allowed to have guests in connection with conference room bookings and meetings. If you invite guests, they must also register at the info desk. If a guest comes to work all day, they must purchase their own day pass. A holder of a day pass is responsible for their guests.
  • Other benefits during the day: possible speaking or membership events, free coffee and tea at the member facilities, 20% discount on the restaurant menu and a membership lunch price of €10.90.
  • Membership benefits during the day are personal.
  • The guest pass must be returned to Sofia’s info desk at the end of the day. A fee will be charged for an unreturned guest pass.
  • Printing and use of conference rooms are not included in the day pass benefits.
  • Further information: info@sofiahelsinki.fi.

Instructions for organising speaking events and meetings

  • Facilities for speaking events and meetings must be booked in advance at myynti@sofiahelsinki.fi, and Sofia Helsinki will check the availability of the facilities for the day in question. Reservations can be made no earlier than 2 months prior to an event.
  • There is a limited number of reservations available for speaking events and meetings; 2 per month.
  • Open speaking events can be booked either in the Kiseleff Hall from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. or in the Sonck Hall during Sofia’s opening hours. It is not possible to reserve the premises for private events.
  • Video projectors and projection screens are available for speaking events, as well as voice amplification with microphones.
  • The technology required needs to be notified in advance.
  • Meeting room reservations apply to cabinets: Aino, Anni and Aurora between 8:00 a.m. and noon or 12:30 and 5:00 p.m.
  • The meeting rooms have a projection screen, flipchart/whiteboard and note-taking equipment.
  • The facilities are provided with the existing furnishings and layout.
  • Any additional services (such as additional technical equipment, catering, space arrangements, cleaning, technician’s services, door services, restaurant staff, producer or other man-hours) are paid for by the grantee.
  • Any catering and other additional services must be booked 14 days before the event or reservation.
  • More information: myynti@sofiahelsinki.fi.

Further information

Sofia Helsinki website

Sofia Helsinki meeting and event facilities, information and photos

Sofia Helsinki coworking facilities, more information on coworking

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.

Tell about your work on Kone Foundation’s website: grantees’ At the Well blog and Project pages

Grantees’ blog: At the Well

For several years, a blog has been published on Kone Foundation’s website, where grantees discuss their projects and the work they have done in the projects. We have a blog in Finnish (Kaivolla) and a blog in English (At the Well).

The publishing process of the blog has now been reformed so that authors can upload blog posts to the online platform using their koneensaatio.fi usernames. The usernames have been created for the accountable leaders of all active projects.

The At the Well blog is intended as a platform for the grantees to discuss their projects and work. The recommended text length is no more than 5,000 characters, but the topic is not otherwise limited: with the reform, the blog will consist of even more independent writings by the grantees. Otherwise, the idea of the At the Well blog will remain the same as before: all blog posts in English will be listed on the same page, and we will share them in the Foundation’s communication channels for others to read.

Once the grantee has uploaded the blog to the online platform, we will review the content in the Foundation’s communications department and contact the author by email about any edits to be done and when the blog will be published.

What is your project all about? Tell us more on the project page!

The project page is a completely new opportunity to share information about your project on our website. We encourage you to summarise the core of your project in a short text or to share the final results of the project. Send your project’s presentation text, publication-free photos and other content to the Foundation’s communications department, and we will then put the page together for publication. The At the Well blog posts written by the people involved in the project will also be listed on the project page.

Creating project pages is a new experiment for us to make the work of grantees visible on our website and social media channels – we hope to have plenty of projects to present!

Click here to see the instructions on how to create At the Well blogs and project pages

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.

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.

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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.