The goal of Kone Foundation is to advance bold initiatives in research and the arts.
Grants can be awarded for academic research, the arts, and for projects which combine scholarly and artistic approaches.
Grants can be sought for:
In research, grants can be awarded for humanities, social sciences, environmental research, and artistic research. Projects can be multi- or interdisciplinary and they can combine artistic and scholarly approaches.
Besides regular funding rounds, we also organize thematic grant calls, the purpose of which is to draw attention to current themes in academic and cultural life.
Read more about the thematic grant calls and programs here.
We offer our grant recipients a free-of-charge space for workshops, talks and other activities related to their grant project. The Chamber (“Kamari” in Finnish) is located on Tehtaankatu in the Punavuori district in Helsinki just below our office. It is about 60 m2, and it has tables and chairs for about 25 persons. One person can book the space for the project’s use twice a week at maximum.
The Saari Residence is a tranquil facility and a fruitful meeting point for artists and researchers in Mynämäki, Finland. The Saari Residence offers Finnish and non-Finnish artists, critics, curators and translators the chance to work intensively for a period of two months in a relaxed countryside setting from September to April. Artistic groups may also apply for use of the residence’s facilities for limited periods of time from May to August. Each resident is provided with an apartment and workroom.
Researchers and nonfiction writers working under a Kone Foundation grant are also eligible for residency. Such applicants need not undergo the normal application process for residency and should instead contact the Saari Residence Executive Director Hanna Nurminen by email to discuss the possibility of staying at the residence