North Savo Grants

The next North Savo Regional Fund grant application period takes place from 11 Jan to 10 Feb 2021 until 4 pm local Finnish time (Eastern European Time).

Eligible Applicants

The North Savo Regional Fund supports scientific studies, artistic work, and cultural activities taking place in or focused on the region. The Fund gives precedence to applicants born or currently residing in the region. The Fund will award a total of 1,032,000 euros in the January 2020 round of applications.

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

North Savo and North Karelia Joint Venture

The North Savo and the North Karelia Regional Funds will together award a maximum of a 100,000-euro grant to a high-quality, multidisciplinary undertaking that involves actors from both regions.

If you are applying for a grant for this type of a project

  • On the field of application, select the one that most closely matches the field of the project. In addition choose all the best matching fields from the list
  • On the application form select Specific-purpose grants> Combined Project of Science
  • Send the application only to either one of the regional funds, not both.

Spearhead Projects

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.

Donor Funds

The grants are awarded from a general fund and those donor funds open for application in the next round:

  • H. J. Aminoff Fund
  • Kuopio Heart Association's Women's Committee Fund
  • A. A. Laaksonen Fund
  • Savon Sanomat Fund
  • Hulda Tossavainen Fund
  • Natalia and Fredrik Trube Fund
  • Leena and Jouko Tuomisto Fund
  • J. E. and Anna Tuovinen Fund
  • Lauri Vesanto Fund

Grant Guidance

Grant-related enquiries should be sent to Enquiries may also be directed to Fund Officer Antti Meurman.

Grant Decisions

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 will be announced on on May 13th 2020 and the grants can be withdrawn after that. Both favourable and unfavourable grant decisions are sent to grant applicants by email approximately two weeks before that.

Contact information

Asiamies Antti Niskanen
Fund Officer