VILLUM FONDEN aims to improve conditions and prospects for youth in Europe, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. 

The foundation makes grants primarily to projects developed by good civil society groups, local activists, public authorities and NGOs that promote better conditions and prospects for young people especially in Central and Eastern Europe.

Focus areas 2017 onwards

From 2017, the foundation prioritises long-term social investments in projects that can serve as examples of how to improve educational and employment opportunities for young people. We aim to support projects with potential for positive systemic change, including:

  • Workforce integration through improved contact between schools and firms, job retraining, training for entrepreneurs and by establishing agricultural development centres and small-scale, local technical schools, or similar
  • Development and reform of the social-welfare system through the establishment of institutions that can serve as role models, improving schools, training for teachers and social workers, establishing scholarship programmes and training for community resource persons.

We make grants to innovative projects as well as to projects that have contributed to long-term socially sustainable development elsewhere.

Special priorities in 2017
  • Project proposals including educational activities such as vocational education and training as well as activities targeting youth unemployment
  • Project proposals including renovation and property acquisition, if this is necessary for the proposed projects, and if it strengthens the continuity of the project activities when our grant ends
  • Project proposals taking place in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic
 
More about our strategy and approach

THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS aim to improve conditions and prospects for youth in Europe, with priority to Central and Eastern Europe, on a democratic and socially sustainable basis. The reason for this is THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS ownership of companies within the VKR Group and the wish to support societies in which the VKR Group is active.

The development of improved conditions for youth is realised by the power of example through support to projects developed by good civil society actors, local enthusiasts, public authorities and NGOs willing to work with projects that aim at improving the conditions for youth.

THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS prioritise long-term social investments in projects that can serve as examples of how to improve educational and employment opportunities for youth. THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS aim to support projects with potential for positive systemic change, including:

  1. Integration into the labour market through improved contact between schools and companies, job training, training for entrepreneurs and by establishing small-scale local technical schools, agricultural development centres, or similar
  2. Development and reform of the social-welfare system through the establishment of exemplary institutions, improving schools, training of teachers and social workers, establishing scholarship programmes and training for community resource persons.

THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS grant innovative projects as well as projects that have contributed to long-term socially sustainable development elsewhere.

Instruments range from dialogue with the applicants to assistance in developing project descriptions, from control of goal, performance and finances, to friendly sparring and monitoring throughout the entire project period and supporting the drafting of reports and summarising experience and knowledge gained from projects. In addition, we provide financial resources to support the projects with the necessary means in order to reach a good quality and at the same time ensure an exit strategy and test of sustainable initiatives leading to concrete improved living conditions for youth.

THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS aim at being recognised as a serious partner with a high level of ambition, making logic and understandable demands, being critical and asking sensible questions to the projects we cooperate with. Our continuous dialogue with the applicants – before, during and after a grant – is relatively unbureaucratic and very responsive to good arguments and common sense.

Special priorities for THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS in 2017:

  • Project proposals including educational activities such vocational education and training as well as activities targeting youth unemployment
  • Project proposals including renovation and property acquisition, if this is necessary for the proposed projects, and if it strengthens the continuity of the project activities when our grant ends
  • Project proposals taking place in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
  • Project proposals from the rest of Europe on an ad hoc and a by-invitation-only basis and in open competition with other proposals.

The project committee for Social Projects Abroad works in a reactive as well as a catalytic way and has an impact-oriented approach with focus on high quality and credibility in projects, working for a better life for youth in ‘The Social Projects Abroad – programme’ supported by THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS.

Projects covering the program period 2007-2016

From 2007-2016 VILLUM FONDEN has made grants to a number of projects abroad; in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Greenland.

Learn more about the projects in the publications, the video greetings and the interactive map below.

More about the granted projects:
Geographical overview

Find information about our projects by exploring this map

Publications
Palliative and hospice care for children

Meet some of the brave frontrunners who met in October 2016 at a cross-boarder meeting in Budapest to discuss new developments in making life better for the most vulnerable.

The projects in Bulgaria

This publication contains in short form a presentation of social projects for children and youth granted by the foundation.

Portraits from the frontline

Read about the granted projects and the people behind.

We support children and young people in Central and Eastern Europe

See 10 cases here (versions: Czech, English, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak)

Granted projects in Central- and Eastern Europe 2016

Granted projects in Central- and Eastern Europe 2015

Contact us

 

Jens-Jørgen Pedersen
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VILLUM FONDEN
Phone: 
+ 45 20 28 95 53
Conni E. Cederholm
Project Coordinator, THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS
Phone: 
+45 23 82 75 62