Saastamoinen Foundation – Global partner to Art and Science

We support artists and researchers on a long-term basis and promote their networks around the world. We facilitate innovative encounters and hold a dynamic art collection.

Together we strive towards a better future for next generations.

Saastamoinen Foundation is a notable supporter of art in Finland and an enabler of scientific research. We believe in transparency, internationalisation, expertise, and continuity, and these values shape the support we offer to artists, researchers, art institutions and ground-breaking scientific projects.

We are also active in other fields, and strongly support projects aimed at Finnish youth, such as the Yrityskylä societal learning environment and peace-building programme Gutsy Go.

We have long-term collaboration with the University of Eastern Finland regarding research of water, neuroscience and forest bioeconomy, and Aalto university regarding the Business of Culture programme, among others. In addition, we have a close relationship with Uniarts Helsinki, supporting their internationalisation programme and art pedagogy research in Fine Arts, as well as with EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, where the Foundation's art collection is displayed.

Photo: Kimmo Syväri

Overview of the foundation

Saastamoinen Foundation has firmly anchored itself in Finnish society by promoting the work of actors in the fields of science and art, and by networking both in Finland and internationally.

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Saastamoinen Foundation has its roots in the success of the family business Saastamoinen Oy. In the 1900s, the family business established by Commercial Counsellor Herman Saastamoinen in 1876 was the best-known business in Kuopio.

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Application procedure for grants and forms of collaboration

Saastamoinen Foundation engages in purposeful collaboration with many partners in the fields of science, education, art and culture. Internationalisation and transparency openness are promoted in all activities.

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Good governance

Governance does not need to be just bureaucracy and rules. Good governance guides the activities of Saastamoinen Foundation for the benefit of society. Saastamoinen Foundation’s activities are for the common good.

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The recapitalisation of universities

The capital structure of Finnish universities has traditionally been built entirely on public funding. The government is clearly intent on increasing the share of private funding in fundraising.

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Contact Information

Address for visitors and invoicing Saastamoinen Foundation Pieni Roobertinkatu 5 B 15 00130 Helsinki

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Access rights website is an online service that is accessible to everyone free of charge. The online service content may be downloaded temporarily for personal use for browsing and viewing purposes.

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Saastamoinen Foundation Residency Programme

Saastamoinen Foundation residency is closed 1.2.2023-31.1.2024. During this period, applications for residencies will not be accepted. The purpose of the Saastamoinen Foundation residency programme is, in pursuance of the foundation’s mission,

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