Helsinki-based Kone Foundation awards annual grants for research and the arts, as well as projects combining the two.
The Foundation seeks bold initiatives, by which we mean the ability to view current concepts from a different perspective – and to challenge them. We believe this will add to our collective understanding of the world. Our perception of boldness includes experimentation, incompleteness and non-predetermination. We also allow grant applicants the freedom to define for themselves what boldness means in their particular project. We encourage applicants to engage in multidisciplinary cooperation.
Kone Foundation grants are mainly intended for Finnish nationals working in Finland or abroad and residents of other nationalities working in Finland. If you do not have a Finnish background and are working outside of Finland, your work should have a clear connection with Finland.
It is essential that you carefully read our instructions for grant applicants before applying.
Applications are submitted via our online grant service.
The grant call ends on Sunday 15 September at 4 p.m. EEST.
Open doors event for grant applicants
We are hosting an open doors event on Wednesday, 11 September from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m at Lauttasaari Manor (Otavantie 10, Helsinki). At the event, we will answers questions about the application process, without need for an appointment. Welcome!
Call for Lauttasaari Manor residency applications
Finnish organisations in the fields of art and research that wish to invite a foreign expert in art or research to Finland for a cooperative project are welcome to apply for a residency at Lauttasaari Manor for their guest. The residency includes an apartment in the Red Villa (in the manor’s courtyard) and a work grant, as well as a grant to cover the organisation’s expenses related to the visit, if necessary, and a working space, if needed.
The purpose of Lauttasaari Manor’s residence activities is to foster true collaboration between local and international professionals in the fields of art and research. The residency promotes working, networking and international collaboration among professionals by making it possible for foreign art and academic research experts to live and work in Finland.
Lauttasaari Manor residencies last for a period of 1 to 4 months and take place between April 2020 and April 2021. In your application, please state your desired duration and dates of the residency.
Special funding call for environmentally responsible encounters
Alongside this autumn’s funding round, we are arranging a special funding call with the aim of encouraging environmentally responsible encounters. This is intended for grantees of the Foundation, as well as for artists arriving at the Saari Residence in 2020. In addition, we hope applicants will take ecologically responsible travelling into consideration in their applications for the general grant call.
With this application, you can apply for funding for more sustainable travel, which is often more expensive than flying, or for organising virtual conferences and meetings. The funding period for the Kone Foundation grant must still be ongoing when the trip, conference or other related activity takes place.
More information and contact details
- Kone Foundation website: For grant applicants
- +358 (0)9 260 0617 (Mon–Fri 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
- Please use the chat tool of our online grant service with questions related to your application. During the grant call period, the chat will be open from Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the last day of the grant call, Sunday 15 September, the chat will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Access the online grant service