Advice for grantees affected by the war in Ukraine

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Kone Foundation stands in solidarity with Ukraine amidst the Russian government’s invasion of their lands. The war may also affect the work of our grantees, and in such cases we will respond by being as flexible as possible.

The war in Ukraine also affects our other grantees: worry and anxiety may disrupt those working in safe environments too. We believe that academic research and artistic work make the world a better place, and therefore it is worth continuing with projects. However, if work becomes impossible, you can discuss adapting your work plan or suspending the grant payments for as long as necessary. Please modify your payment request or submit a change request on the online grant service. We kindly remind you to inform Mela about such changes too. 

Grants cannot be paid to Russia for the time being

Unfortunately, it is not possible to pay grants to Russian bank accounts for the time being. This is due to the European Union’s exclusion of a number of Russian banks from Swift, an international payment system, as a sanction resulting from the war. 

If you want to suspend the payments or if there is a possibility to pay the grant to a bank in another country, please let us know as soon as possible via the online grant service. We will do our best to find solutions for paying the grants without delay. 

The foundation expresses its sympathy to Russians, too, who are suffering under a cruel dictator. 

The foundation will later announce other forms of support to be carried out because of the war. 

You can contact us via Messages on the online grant service, by email (, or by phone (+358 9 260 0617, Mon–Thu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). You can also contact Director of Funding Kalle Korhonen directly by email (