Kone Foundation seeks bold initiatives again this autumn

Kone Foundation’s grant application process starts soon after the summer holiday season has ended, taking place from the 1st to the 15th of September. In addition to the general grant call, we will call applications for the third thematic call in The changing “neighbournesses” of Finland programme, Our vital neighbours. For the first time, applications are also accepted for residence at the Lauttasaari Manor, intended for international art and research professionals.

Kone Foundation awards grants for research, art and projects combining the two. In the selection process, emphasis will be placed on initiatives that are multidisciplinary, diverse, and challenging their topic from a new, critical perspective. We encourage applicants to engage in diversified projects that combine art and research as well as collaboration between journalists and researchers.

In addition to the general grant application process, the Foundation will organise the third thematic call in The changing “neighbournesses” of Finland programme, Our vital neighbours, which expands the concept of neighbours to include non-human living creatures as well as human and social relationships. The thematic call examines humans’ relationship with the diverse group of other organisms and animals around us on the level of individuals, communities, organisations, states and the global world.

The thematic call promotes cooperation between fields of ecology, social sciences and humanities. The funded projects must be based on scientific research but they can involve civil society members and journalists. We encourage researchers and artists for collaboration.

Read more about the thematic call Applications invited for residence at the Lauttasaari Manor for the first time

The Red Villa located in the courtyard of the newly renovated Lauttasaari Manor includes a residence for artists and researchers. Finnish organisations in the fields of arts and research, who want to invite a foreign art or research expert to Finland for a cooperation project, are welcome to apply for the residency. The first residence application process will take place in conjunction with the general application process in September.

The purpose of the residency activities at the Lauttasaari Manor is to create profound collaboration between local and international art and research professionals. The residency promotes professionals’ working, networking and international collaboration by making it possible for foreign art and research experts to live and work in Finland.

The residency period ranges from one to four months. The first residency period will begin in April 2019. The residency includes an apartment and a monthly grant. The application should include the applicant’s wish for the duration and dates of the residency.

Read more about the residence



Write down the dates of our application info and grant counselling sessions at the manor

In August, we will organise two information events where you will learn about the application process and hear tips on developing your idea, putting together a team and completing your application. These events are also an excellent opportunity to ask questions about the application process.

Our application info sessions will take place on:

The information session will be held at the Lauttasaari Manor (Otavantie 10). There is a barrier-free entrance to the building from the Kauppaneuvoksentie side. Registration for the events will start at the beginning of August – follow our social media channels for up-to-date information about the opening of registration. You can also learn about our application info sessions on Facebook.

Grant counselling sessions take the form of a 20-minute discussion and will be held with Executive Director Anna Talasniemi (grants for art and culture), Director of Research Funding Kalle Korhonen (research grants) and Office Secretary Neea Eloranta (questions about applying for a grant) on the following dates:

We will open the registration for the appointments in August; please follow our website for further information.


In the Final Touch workshop, on Thursday 6 September at 10am–4pm, we will share last minute tips for polishing your grant application, and there will be a chance to give and receive peer coaching with other applicants. Café Puhuri at the Red Villa of the Lauttasaari Manor will also serve as a gathering place for writing the application. Puhuri will serve coffee and delicacies on a special price. The workshop will last two hours, and the sessions start at 10am, 12noon and 2pm. The registration will open in the beginning of August on our website.


Further information:

  • general questions about the grants:, +358 9 260 0617 (Mon–Fri 9–15)
  • please note that our office is closed between the 1st and 31st of July 2018.