THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS aim to improve vocational education and training for youth in Europe, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. 

We wish to make it easier for young people to enter the labor force by focusing on vocational education and training (VET) and related activities.

Our motivation is the substantial lack of young people with adequate vocational skills needed for the current and future labour market. Therefore, our goal is to contribute to a significant improvement in the quality of vocational education and training. 

We make grants primarily to projects developed by civil society organisations, local innovators, schools and public authorities especially in Central and Eastern Europe. We accept project proposals focused on activities in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Focus areas

We prioritise long-term social investments in projects with potential for systemic change. Project proposals should serve as examples of how to improve educational and employment opportunities for young people within these areas:

  • Model projects uniquely important for the improvement of the vocational educational system, including work-based learning, recognition of prior learning, soft skills and expert-level vocational training.
  • Mobility projects for students, teachers, managers and others who have significant influence on the content and framework of training programs and direction of their development. Mobility is to be improved through partnerships and scholarships, exchanges and the sharing of new methods and content.
  • Projects developing initial vocational education and training (i-VET) as socially oriented efforts targeting at-risk youth who would benefit from educational support tailored to their needs.

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

Projects including renovation and property acquisition are eligible, if this is necessary for the proposed activities and if it strengthens the continuity of the activities when our grant ends

FAQ
Which countries are included in the programme?

Applications with activities taking place in one or more of the programme countries – Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia – are accepted.

Projects taking place in the rest of Europe are received by-invitation-only. Please don’t expect feedback on enquiries about projects taking place in the rest of Europe.

Who can apply?

Civil society organisations, local innovators, schools and public authorities can apply. Applicants can come from all countries, not necessarily from the four programme countries. Applicants cannot be individual persons. 

Which issues are supported?

THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS prioritise long-term social investments in projects with potential for positive systemic change. Project proposals should serve as examples of how to improve educational and employment opportunities for young people within these areas: 

  • Model projects uniquely important for the continuous improvement of the vocational educational system, including work-based learning, recognition of prior learning, soft skills and high-level vocational training.
  • Mobility projects for students, teachers, managers and others who have significant influence on the content and framework of training programs and direction of their development. Mobility could be improved through partnerships and scholarships, exchanges and the sharing of new methods and content.
  • Projects developing initial vocational education and training (i-VET) as socially oriented efforts targetingat-risk youth who would benefit from educational support tailored to their needs.

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

Which project setups are supported?

We prioritise projects that are:

  1. Developmental, i.e. having a real development perspective and seeking to change and improve a specific vocational educational challenge.
  2. Systemic and exemplary, with ability to inspire other schools, organisations or the educational system by power of example.
  3. Innovative. Please note that we do not only support new innovative initiatives, but also initiatives that in other contexts have proved their worth in promoting long-term sustainable and systemic developments.
  4. Long-term, preferably with a project period of several years, allowing for necessary time to increase changes for success.
  5. Directly including young people in its activities. Youth as a target group must benefit directly from the project, even though the main goal is organisational or sectoral development. 
Which project costs are eligible?

All types of costs can be included in the project budget as long as the costs are relevant for the project.

Renovation and property acquisition costs are eligible, if this is necessary for the proposed activities and if it strengthens the continuity of the activities when our grant ends.

VAT costs are not supported by THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS. VAT costs must be financed by the applicant itself or by other funding sources in case the applicant is not VAT exempt or cannot have VAT costs reimbursed by national authorities.

How much can be applied for?

Applications with a budget of less than 70,000 EUR will not be considered. Applications with budgets of 500,000 EUR or more are preferred.

Is co-funding required?

No. However, please note that if the total project budget includes VAT costs, applicants should outline how these costs will be financed as VAT costs are not supported by THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS.

How do you apply?

All interested applicants must submit project proposals online on our website.

Applicants are advised to use the application form (max 5 pages) that can be downloaded on our website. The application form contains further, more specific, guidance to fill out the form.

Are there any language requirements?

English is our working language in everyday communications with applicants and grantees. Applications should be submitted in English. When grants are given, communication with project managers must be possible without interpreters. 

What are the deadlines?

Applications can be submitted continuously. THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS have no specific deadlines to take into consideration.

How long does it take to evaluate applications?

It takes around six months, sometimes more, from the time an application is received by THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS to the applicant receives a final answer if a grant is given. During these months, the secretariat will process the application, the Programme Committee and the Board will discuss the application. Applicants are likely to be receiving clarifying ques­tions, requests for elaborated information and visits by us.

We will keep in touch with all applicants during the application period. In the ongoing dialogue with applicants as well as project partners – before, during and after a grant – we seek to be relatively un-bureaucratic and highly receptive to sound arguments and good sense.

What happens if you receive a grant?

Be happy. Applicants will receive all relevant information from us by email. 

Getting started with your application

Information and advice for organisations considering applying for a grant.

Download guidelines
 
Projects covering the program period 2007-2016

From 2007-2016 THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS have 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.

Geographical overview

Find information about our projects by exploring this map

You can also find information about the many social projects in Europe that are supported by THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS in the Facebook Group The Projects.

Publications

Granted projects in Greenland and Central and Eastern Europe 2017

Granted projects in Central and Eastern Europe 2016

Granted projects in Central and Eastern Europe 2015

Portraits from the frontline

Read about the granted projects and the people behind.

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.

 
Contact us

 

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