VELUX FONDEN is seeking ways to make the maritime environment in Denmark more robust in order to help it stand up to the impacts of a changed climate. The foundation’s board has earmarked DKK 40 million in funding for projects in 2020.

Application deadline: 25 August 2020, 9am

The maritime environment in Denmark isn’t as healthy as it appears. Research by scientists from Aarhus University suggests that, even if the levels of agricultural runoff and other types of pollution are reduced, some coastal areas will still require wide-ranging efforts to re-establish a balanced ecosystem.

In calling for project proposals, VELUX FONDEN is hoping to help stave off the collapse of the Danish maritime environment by supporting efforts to make our waters more robust and giving them a greater capacity to assist with managing the effects of a changing climate.

VELUX FONDEN is looking to fund ambitious, effective and innovative projects that deal with the underlying problem of climate change, rather than just treating its symptoms. Multi-disciplinary, solutions-oriented projects will be prioritised.


VELUX FONDEN wants to improve Denmark’s coastal environment. As such, projects must contribute to improving the environment in the waters surrounding Denmark. As Denmark’s internal waterways are connected to the North Sea to the west, and the Baltic Sea to the east, we welcome projects that have a broader geographical scope.

The maritime environment and a changing climate

The oceans and the seas have absorbed much of the additional energy stemming from global warming, while climate change is a pressure factor on the maritime environment that exacerbates existing problems such as oxygen depletion.

Read more about the effect of climate change on the ocean

Examples of project themes include:

  • Innovative, nature-based solutions for coastal protection, CO2 sequestration or similar
  • Linking coastal protection to land use. An example of this is closing the phosphorous cycle as a way to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions
  • Including the Danish maritime environment in the national climate strategy
  • Studying the effects of a total or partial closure of selected marine areas
  • Innovative use of financial and economic mechanisms, such as fees, insurance and investments
  • Promoting maritime biodiversity

VELUX FONDEN has earmarked DKK 40 million in funding for projects in 2020, primarily for ambitious and large-scale projects.


We welcome applications from associations, private organisations, public institutions, social enterprises, universities and the like. Applicant groups will primarily be evaluated on whether they have the competencies and the means to complete the project for which they are applying for funding.

We welcome projects seeking to use research-based methods or solutions that will benefit the maritime environment. Projects that are of a purely research nature will, as a general rule, not be approved.

VELUX FONDEN is a philanthropic organisation; we do not make grants to profit-oriented projects.


Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Level of professionalism
  • Degree of innovation
  • Level of ambition and potential
  • Likelihood of success
  • Capacity to be repeated in other areas
  • Applications will be evaluated by internationally recognised topic experts.

The deadline for submitting grant applications is 25 August 2020 at 9am.

A decision about which projects will receive grants is expected by the end of December 2020.

Application format

Applications (excluding CVs and budget) may not exceed eight pages. Applications should include:

A description of the project that details:

  • The goal of the project in the short and long term
  • Project activities
  • Similar initiatives currently being carried out in Denmark or abroad
  • The project’s philanthropic aspects


A description of the expected outcomes that entails:

  • The expected outcome of the project’s activities
  • How the expected results will contribute to meeting the project’s long-term goals
  • Whether aspects of the project will be able to continue after the project period, and the degree to which the project is scalable
  • Barriers to completion the project may encounter and potential risks
  • Description of the applicant and how you expect to successfully complete the project
  • Communication and stakeholder-engagement strategy
  • Budget, broken down by year and activity (further details provided in the budget guidelines)
  • CVs for the project leader (no more than three pages) and key participants (one page each)
Are you ready to send us your application?

Application deadline: 25 August 2020, 9am

Mikkel Klougart
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VELUX FONDEN
+ 45 23 28 36 74