Use of the residency grant and rescheduling

Individual residencies include a monthly grant that should cover living, travel and most other expenses (including materials) incurred during the residency period. It is also possible to apply for support for ecological travel if coming from outside Finland or support for travel from Global South. If you have been granted such support, it is based on the itinerary from your application.

In individual residencies, you are required to live and work at the Residence for a minimum of 42 days per two-month residency period in order to receive the grant.

As a grantee, you must also inform the Saari Residence office of any other working grants received simultaneously. In such cases, a reduced monthly grant is paid, which is usually half of the original monthly grant.

The group residency grant is awarded according to the project proposal and number of members presented in the application.

Kone Foundation funds research and art and awards grants to professional artists and researchers. The Saari Residence does not fund salaries, daily allowances or supplies.

The minimum group size is three people.

The group members participating during the residency period are required to reside and work at the Residence during the residency period.

If the grant is not used according to the Kone Foundation guidelines, any pending grant payments may be cancelled and payments already issued may be claimed for recovery.


If the grantee is an organisation or working group, the grant payment requests must be submitted by the project leader. The project leader decides which bank account to use for the payment. If the content of the project, the composition of the working group or any other key element changes, the leader must negotiate such changes with the Saari Residence office. It is the responsibility of the project leader to submit the report.

The project leader is tasked with ensuring that the grant is used for the purpose for which it has been awarded.


The project leader must ensure that there is no discrimination in the project on the basis of age, origin, nationality, language, religion, belief, opinion, societal activity, family relationships, state of health, disability, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristics.

All project members must act in a fair and equal manner. Bullying, unfair treatment and harassment will not be tolerated. Unfair treatment and other serious internal conflicts in the project must be reported to Kone Foundation.

What constitutes unfair treatment and harassment? Read more Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Finland.


The Saari Residence office should be informed of any changes. We recommend sending a message via the online grant service (the contact person is the residency and communications coordinator).


You must notify Saari Residence staff of a coinciding parental, childcare or sick leave that may occur during the individual residency period via the online grant service. In such cases, the residency period is typically rescheduled.

Group residencies cannot be rescheduled for the following year.


If you plan to come to the Residence with your family, this should have been mentioned in your application and should also be discussed and negotiated with residency personnel before your arrival. Arranging daycare is the responsibility of parents.

A group residence is intended for people who have applied for such and whom have been granted a residency place for a workgroup. Please note that it is not possible to accommodate short-term group members who are not working at the Residence. The other members are welcome to visit, but they cannot stay overnight.

If the members of a workgroup have small children (under school age) whose care cannot be organised in other ways during the residency, it should have been mentioned in the application. The Residence includes a limited number of apartments suitable for families, and the residency is primarily for the artists working at the Residence. Arranging daycare for children is parents’ responsibility. If needed, the Saari Residence can help you with contacting local babysitters. The group must organise bedlinens, towels and travel cots for the children. Please contact the Saari Residence before your arrival and discuss the matter with the staff. If there is another workgroup working at the Residence at the same time, we will ask for their opinion also on having children at the Residence.

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