The Kainuu Fund awarded 245,000 euros in 2021 to scientists and artists from Kainuu, as well as for scientific or artistic work taking place or focusing on the Kainuu region.
Applying for a Grant
You may apply for a grant on the Online Application Service and provide a reference on the Online Reference Service. All applications and references must be submitted to the online service before 4 pm local Finnish time (EET) on the deadline date. Applications and references submitted in any other way will not be considered. The applicant should familiarise themselves carefully with the application guidelines and make sure they have appended all requested attachments in their application. More information on the January round of applications can be found here.
Grant Focus Areas
The focus areas are the youth, regional strengths, and communality.
To support art, one full year's grant of 26 000 euros will be awarded primarily for visual arts. In addition, Kainuu Fund will award at least one full year's grant to art or science.
Regional Fund Special Purpose Grants
Spearhead projects requiring larger-than-usual funding will receive a minimum of 40,000 euros in the form of one or two grants. Such projects require fresh or exceptional points of view, content, quality, or design.
Art for Institutions
20,000 euros have been earmarked for Art for Institutions projects in the January round of applications. The aim of this form of support is to promote the equal realisation of cultural rights and to improve the quality of life of people in need of special support or care, through art. The work or project may take place in welfare and nursing institutions or other environments, the residents or users of which may otherwise have limited access to art. Possible institutions include sheltered homes, day centres, and homes of the elderly, hospitals, prisons, reception centres, care units for substance abusers, and child welfare institutions.
The grants are awarded from a general fund and those donor funds open for application in the next round:
- Kainuun Valo Oy (plc) Fund
- Längman II Fund
In addition, a total of 26,000 euros will be distributed as the Arffman Grant, primarily awarded to a native Kainuu student for university-level studies in mathematics or technology.
Enquiries concerning applications and the regional fund may be directed to Fund Officer Antti Toivanen and secretary Piia Julkunen.
The grant decisions are made by an administrative committee consisting of regional experts from various fields. If necessary, outside experts can be called upon to evaluate applications. The grant decisions of the January round of applications 2021 were announced on May 7th. Both favourable and unfavourable grant decisions are sent to grant applicants by email approximately two weeks before that. The grants can be withdrawn after May 18th.