Founded in 1961, the South Savo Regional Fund is one of the Finnish Cultural Foundation's 17 regional funds, and is devoted to promoting and developing the arts, the sciences, and other fields of endeavour in South Savo - by providing grants and awards, and organising other activities in the region's 14 municipalities.
Applicants born in the region are given priority when awarding grants, as is scientific or artistic work carried out in or covering the region and major regional cultural projects.
The South Savo Regional Fund comprises a General Fund and donor funds based on private and public donations and bequests. A donor can establish a donor fund bearing his or her name.
The Fund's activities and decision-making are impartial and not linked to political parties or other organisations or associations. Grants made by the Fund are decided by an Administrative Council comprising 9-11 members representing a wide range of expertise and knowledge in the arts, the sciences, society, and business in the region.
In year 2016 the South Savo Regional Fund distributes €664 000.