North Karelia Grants
The North Karelia Regional Fund awarded 890,000 euros in grants in 2021 for projects focused on North Karelia, to applicants born or currently residing in the region, as well as for scientific or artistic work taking place in or focused on the 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
It is possible to apply for grants in all fields of science and art.
The Fund may award two-year grants for scientific follow-up research, artistic work, and implementing events. For any such grant, an interim assessment will be carried out after the first grant year.
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:
- Mimi and Pia Ahrenberg Fund
- Elojoki Fund
- Tarja and Pentti Juntunen Fund
- A.E. Kalsta Fund
- Anna Koskimaa and Aada Nevalainen Fund
- Pentti Maljojoki and Karelia University of Applied Sciences Fund
- Aino and Onni Meriläinen Fund
- Janne and Katri Nuutinen Fund
- Outokumpu Oy (plc) Fund
- Valter and Elin Parviainen Fund
- Eero Solala Fund
- Lea and Aulis Sutinen Fund
- S.A. Tervo Fund
Grant-related enquiries should be sent to email@example.com. Enquiries may also be directed to Fund Officer Asko Saarelainen and Secretary Maarit Hämäläinen-Koljonen.
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 at the latest on May 16th. 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.