South Karelia Grants

The next South Karelia Regional Fund grant application period takes place from 10 Jan to 10 Feb 2020 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 530,000 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 Enquiries may also be directed to Fund Officer Päivikki Eskelinen-Rönkä and Secretary Ritva Rehunen.

The South Karelia Regional Fund organises a grant information session at the Cultural Venue Nuijamies, located at Valtakatu 39, Lappeenranta, from 2:30 pm to 4 pm on Monday 20 January 2020. Enquiries:

The information session will offer current information on applying, tips, and guidance for those planning to apply for a grant from the South Karelia Regional Fund. Those attending are also welcome to ask about the drafting of the application and funding at this grant info.

Annual Gala

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 are announced approximately two weeks before the Annual Gala and the grant can be withdrawn after the Gala. The 2020 Annual Gala of the South Karelia Regional Fund will take place in Lappeenranta on 14 May 2020.

Contact information

Asiamies Päivikki Eskelinen-Rönkä
Fund Officer
Sihteeri Ritva Rehunen