Kone Foundation’s Grants+ programme consists of services designed to support our grantees in their work. Participation in the services is voluntary: you can choose whether you want and have time to take advantage of any part of the support we offer. We develop our services constantly and, right now, due to the coronavirus pandemic, they are undergoing some changes. The following are examples of our Grants+ services in 2021. We will provide you with inform about the services in our Grants+ newsletters for grantees which will be sent by email. Please keep an eye on your inbox for these newsletters!
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Training and peer mentoring

We arrange training, based on various themes, and other peer-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 create a low threshold for grantees to receive and provide each other with mutual support, as equal discussion participants.

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

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


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 or small seminars.

Unfortunately, Lauttasaari Manor is not available for grantees’ events for the time being.

The chamber (‘Kamari’)

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 within a week or ask for further information by email.

The flat 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 also 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 take care of insurance declarations and any other official notifications.


  • a flat measuring approx. 60 m2 containing 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.
  • basically-equipped kitchen (mugs, glasses, cutlery and plates for 45)

Researchers' residencies at the Saari Residence

NB. Intensive periods for researchers can not be organized at the moment due to the renovation of the main building.

Academic researchers and non-fiction 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 is reserved for a researcher during the winter, and participants in research projects supported by the Foundation can gather in the main building of the manor for short, intensive periods. The typical duration of residency work is two months. Academic research includes here artistic research at institutions such as the University of the Arts Helsinki or 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 through our annual application round.

For more information, please contact Leena Kela, Executive Director of the Saari Residence. Residency places for spring can be inquired by the end of August, and residency places for autumn by the end of February.

Project advice

Do you have any questions relating to the progress of your research project, resource use, reporting, or communications? The Executive Director, the Director of Research Funding and the Head of Communications organise receptions at which people can meet them face to face at the Lauttasaari Manor, or chat with them by phone. Reception times are announced in the event calendar on the foundation’s website, and in the social media.


We organise some talks online, or when the coronavirus pandemic eases off, at the Lauttasaari Manor, and you are most welcome to join the discussions and networking. Follow the events on offer in the Foundation’s website calendar, our newsletter and on social media.


Following 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 four to six times a year as well as a Grants+ newsletter a couple of times a year.

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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. During spring and autumn 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.

Sign up here

Communications on the project

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 the series of articles the Foundation publishes.

The Foundation does not require the grantees to communicate about their projects. However, often this benefits the project and project participants in a number of ways, and that’s why it is well worth the effort.

When you begin planning 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 one are you already using? Do you need a website, or will communications be handled on the social media? If you are preparing a newsletter, you should also e-mail 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 on the intermediate steps as well as the final result!
  • Visual element: How does your project look? What kinds of project photos or illustrations of your project would you include in your own 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. Creating communications takes time.
  • If possible, try to publicise your project within your organisation, e.g. through university channels. Remember to use your personal social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Please also 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). In this way, we will be able to share your news with our audience and, at the same time, you get a chance to let people know that you are part of the Kone Foundation’s group of grantees.

At the Well blog

We are going to renew 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 about your project on our website.

To do so, send us your article of up to 5,000 characters, including a title, headnote and subheadings, if any, and at least one photograph which you have the right to use. Please arrange your text’s date of publication with the Foundation’s communications staff before starting to write it (