South Karelia Grants

The next South Karelia 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 South Karelian Regional Fund awards grants to South Karelian scientists and artists for scientific or artistic work that takes place in or focuses on the region. The Fund will award a total of 554,000 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 or art.

Regional Fund Special Purpose Grants

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:

  • Regional Council of South Karelia Fund
  • Lahja and Lauri Hotinen Fund
  • Aili and Aino Ohela Fund
  • Aliisa Pitkänen Fund
  • Eino and Ester Sinkko Fund
  • Sonja Tammela Fund
  • Ylä-Vuoksi Fund

Grant Guidance

Grant-related enquiries should be sent to etela-karjala@skr.fi. Enquiries may also be directed to Fund Officer Päivikki Eskelinen-Rönkä and Secretary Ritva Rehunen.

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 skr.fi on May 14th 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 Päivikki Eskelinen-Rönkä
Päivikki
Eskelinen-Rönkä
Fund Officer
Sihteeri Ritva Rehunen
Ritva
Rehunen
Secretary