VELUX FONDEN is launching a new strategy for disbursing grants. This also applies to the funding area with support for particularly active senior citizens.
For more detailed information on the application process, please visit our Danish site.
The new award criteria and formal requirements will, to a greater extent than before, focus on important efforts made by particularly active adults aged 60 and above. The foundation wants to continue to recognise these efforts.
Guidelines for the new criteria and requirements for the applications can be obtained by contacting the foundation’s senior adviser and head of programme Frank Ulmer Jørgensen on +45 2941 8135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior citizens are key contributors to community life
When working life comes to an end, many older people still have a lot of ‘go’ and initiative. In recognition of one of the most important purposes of the Trust Deed for its founder, Villum Kann Rasmussen, VELUX FONDEN encourages and supports active senior citizens in taking initiatives for their own and other's benefit.
Not only out of self-interest
“We are particularly keen to fund activities in which senior citizens seek specifically to engage in initiatives that bring their resourcefulness into play and that empower them – for the benefit of the cohesion and sustainability of their local community,” says Head of Programme for the Active Senior Citizens grant area, Frank Ulmer Jørgensen.
Small grants that can make all the difference
Grants for active senior citizens are wide-ranging and typically cover expenses associated with the activities, e.g. book publishing costs, purchase of spinning bikes, rowing boats and tools, etc.
The applicants may be individuals or smaller groups of senior citizens, who receive a grant for e.g. a new rowboat or a seniors' workshop for repairs of all kinds or for building an observation post for bird watching.
Four examples of community volunteerism arranged by active senior citizens
All year round, new activities are being launched locally, in which seniors play an active role and help others with different tasks. Read more here.
Dedicated senior volunteers digitise history and cultural heritage
Danish Food Bank and elderly volunteer drivers is a good cocktail
Integration of refugees in a Frederiksberg neighbourhood
Activity centre refurbished and officially opened at Tinglev
Moving on - in Fredecia