THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS receive about 1,500 applications each year. The applications come from near and far and all applicants receive an answer.

VILLUM FONDEN and VELUX FONDEN have established a working procedure and an approval process that ensure all applications are thoroughly reviewed. Normally, applications must be reviewed during two meetings of the board of directors. The approval process typically takes between six and nine months.

An exception is the applications (below DKK 25,000) that VELUX FONDEN receives for the programme "Active senior citizens". These applications are solely reviewed by the Secretariat. Read more about "Active senior citizens".

In dialogue with a wide network
The foundations’ advisers are in regular contact with the various organisations with which applicants are affiliated, such as universities, research institutes, NGOs or other social organisations.

From idea to letter of interest
This type of on-going dialogue can lead to potential applicants submitting a letter of interest in which an idea for a project is briefly described. But this may also lead to an application.

Lean more about our application process

Read here what a letter of interest should contain and find examples of the application process from start to finish.

Conflicts of interest

Members of the board, foundation management and staff, and external experts follow accepted guidelines when determining whether a conflict of interest exists.

Members of the board and members of working groups evaluate potential conflicts of interest, either regarding an applicant or an external expert, on a case-by-case basis. In cases where there is a conflict of interest, the individual does not take part when an application is discussed at meetings.

The board decides which applications should be processed further and which grants should be approved. Management and staff take part in the administrative handling of the applications.

External experts are asked to declare any potential conflicts of interest at the time of being invited to evaluate an application.