Kone Foundation’s annual grant call will be arranged in September – this year’s thematic grant call focuses on the current state of Finnish democracy

Illustration: Marika Maijala

Kone Foundation’s mission is to make the world a better place by creating the conditions for free and multi-voiced art and research. The Foundation awards grants for researchers and artists. The annual grant application call will be open from 1 until 15 September, 2022.

We support research in humanities, social sciences and environmental sciences, as well as artistic research. We fund artistic work in all fields of art, and multidisciplinary projects between art and research.

The funding decisions are guided by the central values defined in Kone Foundation’s strategy: academic and artistic freedom and the intrinsic value of research and art, plurality of voices, boldnesslong term, environmental sustainability and crossing national and disciplinary borders.

In addition to the general grant call, we will also organise a thematic grant call. In 2022, the second thematic grant call in the funding programme “Is Democracy Eroding?” will focus on projects that explore the connection between the current state, traditions and practices of Finnish democracy and its blind spots and challenges.

Read more about our focuses in awarding grants

More information for grant applicants on our website

Read more about the thematic grant call “The current state and challenges of Finnish democracy”

Grant info session in English on 17 August

Would you like to learn more about our grant call criteria and practicalities? Join the grant info session hosted by Kone Foundation staff!

A session in English will be held on Wednesday 17 August, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

  • The event will be organised at Lauttasaari Manor and livestreamed on YouTube.
  • The video can also be viewed later on Kone Foundation’s YouTube channel.
  • Registration for the event will start on 20 June on Kone Foundation’s website.
Illlustration: Marika Maijala

Personal grant advice sessions

Grant advice sessions are one-on-one 20-minute Zoom or telephone appointments, during which you can discuss your project idea with Kone Foundation staff.

You can book an appointment with

  • Director of Funding Kalle Korhonen (grants for research, artistic research and popularising research)
  • Grant Coordinator Maija Karasvaara or Programme Coordinator Silja Pasila (grants for arts and culture, general questions related to grants)

The dates and times of the advice sessions are:

  • Wednesday, 24 August from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 31 August from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 7 September from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration will be opened on Kone Foundation’s website on 20 June.

You can already book a time for advice session on 15 June, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Further information

Read our instructions for grant applicants, tel. +358 9 260 0617 (Mon–Thu 11 a.m.–3 p.m.)

Please note that our office is closed in July.