VILLUM FONDEN and VELUX FONDEN are both philanthropic foundations that fund science, environmental, social and cultural projects preferentially in Denmark.

Please note that 'social projects in Central- and Eastern Europe' follow special guidelines, that will be clarified during the application proces.

We primarily fund large-scale projects with an amount of over DKK 500,000. There is however a difference between the individual grant areas. An exception is, for instance, VELUX FONDEN that funds mainly small-scale projects under the grant area 'Active senior citizens'.

As a rule of thumb, the foundations do not fund:

  • Projects that benefit political or commercial interests.
  • Research in health except for research in ophthalmology and gerontology, which is funded by VELUX FONDEN.
  • Veterinary research.
  • Personal maintenance.
  • Recurring general and administrative operating expenses of institutions or organisations.
  • Educational tours.
  • Construction or renovation projects for private property.
  • Sponsorships.

We recommend that you read more under 'Grant areas', where the individual grant areas and requirements for applications are described.

For more information about what we do and do not fund, please contact us.