Kone Foundation’s annual grant call will be open 1–15 September

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, 2023.

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.

Read more about our focuses in awarding grants

More information for grant applicants on our website

In 2023, no thematic funding call of the programme “Is Democracy Eroding?” will be organised. The themes of the programme will be taken into account in the general call of 2023.

In June this year, Kone Foundations launched a new initiative for projects focusing on forest issues. Metsän puolella (“In the Woods”) funds projects that include multidisciplinary research, art, journalism and activism in different combinations, or focus in-depth on one discipline. The open call for applications for Metsän puolella is continuous, which means that applications can be submitted for evaluation all year round.

Read more about Metsän puolella (“In the Woods”) funding

Grant info session in English on 16 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 16 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.

Sign up for the info session here

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 Laura Lees (grants for arts and culture, general questions related to grants)
  • Programme Coordinator Johanna Fredriksson (grants for arts and culture)

The dates and times of the advice sessions are:

  • Wednesday, 23 August from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (book an appointment here!)
  • Wednesday, 30 August from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 6 September from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Registration for the last two sessions will be opened on Kone Foundation’s website in August.

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.