VELUX FONDEN wishes to contribute to a sustainable balance between the use and the conservation of marine resources.

In Denmark the sea is never far away. The Danish coastline covers more than 7,000 km, and much of Denmark's territory is under water.

Aquatic life and the ecosystems beneath the ocean surface and along the coasts represent important natural assets for the entire nation, but in many parts of Denmark, like elsewhere, the marine environment is under pressure. Climate change, overfishing, nutrient pollution and invasive species are just some of the factors Danish waters are reacting to.

We wish to contribute to a stable balance between the use and the conservation of ocean resources so that marine eco-systems provide a robust basis for a sound and sustainable marine environment – for everyone.

What do we fund?

We fund targeted initiatives to contribute to a sound marine environment – across challenges and stakeholder interests. This might include:

  • raising awareness of Danish sea areas
  • supplying unbiased strategic analyses across stakeholder interests
  • mounting specific demonstration or pilot projects
  • directing focus at market and commercial structures impacting the Danish marine environment
  • directing focus at externalities and pricing.

We give preference to supporting partnerships of diverse multiple stakeholders who have influence on potential solutions to a given issue of concern, or who are impacted by it. 

We're curious – share your idea with us

Before drafting your application, we recommend that you get in touch with us to outline your project and discuss it with us.

How to apply?

You can submit your application under the 'Environment' grant area at any time.

Applications that are consistent with our focus on the Danish marine environment are welcomed and considered on an ongoing basis.

In addition, we regularly publish special thematic calls with a specific focus. All the calls have an application deadline. Visit this page regularly for updates.

New thematic calls:

Knowledge and analysis

Analysis of concrete conditions, with a view to a holistic, sustainable and long-term management of Danish waters.

Deadline for applications: 23 March 2018 at 9:00

A sound local marine environment 

Local initiatives that benefit a healthy marine environment. Deadline for applications: 9 April 2018 at 12.00

Photo: JyllandsAkvariet

Research in marine plastic pollution

Establishment of an interdisciplinary research environment for marine plastic pollution in Denmark.

Deadline for applications: 9 May 2018 at 09.00

All applications must be submitted via our digital application portal which is linked to at the bottom of this page.

Gain inspiration from previously granted projects

Five synthesis projects

In 2017, we granted DKK 10.5m for five projects on the Danish marine environment which bring together data, researchers and stakeholders in an interdisciplinary cross-sectoral project focusing on the balance of the marine ecosystem.

Sea status and potentials

In 2015, Professor Bo Riemann of Aarhus University published a status report on Denmark's marine environment and its main pressure factors.

The Danish Nature Fund

VILLUM FONDEN has contributed to the creation of the Danish Nature Fund. It is the aim and purpose of the Fund to promote the protection of nature and water environment in Denmark.

KR Foundation

A philanthropic foundation established by VILLUM FONDEN and the descendants of Villum Kann Rasmussen. The purpose of the Foundation is to address the root causes of climate change and environmental degradation.

Contact us if you have an idea for a project

We will be pleased to discuss your prospective project in detail, so give us a call or mail us to outline your ideas.

Mikkel Klougart
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VELUX FONDEN
+ 45 23 28 36 74
Conni E. Cederholm
Project Coordinator, VILLUM FONDEN and VELUX FONDEN
+45 23 82 75 62