When awarding grants, precedence is given to scientists and artists born or residing in Kymenlaakso, and to scientific or artistic work focused on the region. The Fund will award a total of 500,000 euros in grants in the January 2024 round of applications. The fund does not support just equipment and travel.
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
It is possible to apply for grants in all fields of science and art.
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 Everyone Grant
20,000 euros have been earmarked for Art for Everyone 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.
Local Culture Projects
A grant may be applied, for example, for projects focusing on local culture of the region and cultural heritage projects, such as documenting cultural heritage, showcasing of cultural environment, promoting urban and neighbourhood culture, and histories of local communities and societies, exhibitions, and events. Local Culture Projects grants may also be related to multi-location or independent-of-place local heritage projects, for home region may be taken to mean a natural environment, a built-up environment, social and mental environment, as well as a virtual home region, which a person themselves finds meaningful. Scientific research into a local culture is not considered a local culture project. Note that applicants for the local culture projects grants must choose the field of science or art that their work most closely relates to.
The grants are awarded from a general fund and those donor funds open for application in the next round:
- Toivo Huuhtanen Fund
- Uuno Klami Fund
- Elli Kuusela Fund
- Elsa Paronen Fund
- Olavi and Alli Pietikäinen Fund
Grant-related enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Enquiries may also be directed to Fund Officer Päivi Venäläinen and Secretary Anu Toivonen.
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 2024 will be announced on May 15th. Both favourable and unfavourable grant decisions will be sent to grant applicants by email approximately two weeks before that. The 2024 grants can be withdrawn from 22 May 2024.
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