VELUX FONDEN makes grants for social projects in Denmark focusing on citizens in social vulnerable positions.
We wish to help bring about changes and improvements in the social area and believe that this is possible when people act together in communities.
Therefore we have a special focus on supporting innovative and method developing projects with the aim of promoting constructive communities, inclusion and active citizenship to prevent citizens in socially vulnerable positions from feeling isolated.
The foundation see citizenship as a platform for co-creation, where active citizens, municipalities, civil society, businesses and other stakeholders meet to exchange and share ideas, resources and skills aimed at actions for change.
Focus areas - what do we support?
We support method development projects in all stages of life - from child to old age.
The Foundation wishes to support vulnerable children's well-being through holistic social family activities where the child´s life in the family is the starting point. The aim is primarily to strengthen the children's well-being by taking a starting point in the situation of the whole family.
We have observed that civil society and municipalities each have their own strengths that together constitute a qualified and effective support for families in social vulnerable positions. Our "holistic family effort" will make civil society and municipalities work together to offer the families counseling and support as a coherent whole in relation to the family´s challenges, whishes, needs and resources.
The municipalities and civil society organisations must not only organise joint efforts, but also offer complementary coordinated initiatives, so that they form a whole with the maximum benefit and effect for the families.
The foundation wish to support social initiatives that support the efforts to create a sustainable adulthood, when young people and adults are at risk of being put in a social vulnerable position or already are social vulnerable.
The foundation wish to support social initiatives that strengthen active participation of elderly in the community by developing initiatives employing the elderly´s resources while maintaining their empowerment - for the benefit of cohesiveness and sustainability in the community. The hope is that this will prevent or discourage loneliness, isolation and mental illness among the elderly.
We do not support
The grant area 'Social initiatives in Denmark' do not support construction/renovation, operational tasks or tasks that fall within government commitments. Private individuals and commercial enterprises can not apply.
Read more about the activities and projects we support here.
The results and methods of the project must be economically viable, so that there is high probability of implementation and anchoring after the project period from both the candidate as well as other similar organisations. The desire for change is a necessary driving force in the projects we support.
There must be a holistic approach to the citizenz's challenges and problems where the individual citizen's perspective is included as a natural element. Holistic is here defined as a starting point in the citizen's overall life situation and not based on e.g. different public opinions.
The projects will be planned and implemented in collaboration and cooperation between several parties, e.g. the government/municipality and civil society/companies, so that they complementary advantages of the various stakeholders are employed and used optimally for the benefit of citizens in social vulnerable positions. The complementary efforts are mutually interdependent.
An application from start to finish
Please submit expressions of interest and applications to our application portal. You can find links for this at the bottom of the page.
Read more about an application from start to finish here.
Send an expression of interest of 1-3 pages to get your project idea evaluated. This way you will know whether your project falls within the foundation's focus areas before you spend time and effort preparing a full application. There is no deadline. See our guide to the contents of a letter of interest here.
Send an application. The foundation receives and processes applications continuously that fall within the framework of our focus on the social area. Before submitting the full application, we encourage you to contact us, or submit a letter of interest. See our guide to the contents of an application in the social area here.
We always like to have a detailed talk about the potential of a project, so please contact us before sending us a letter of interest or an application.