VELUX FONDEN supports social initiatives in Denmark that allow socially disadvantaged people to participate actively in communities.
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.
We support method development projects in all stages of life - from child to old age.
VELUX FONDEN focuses on supporting voluntary associations, municipalities, NGOs and others who work to help socially disadvantaged people join constructive communities. We primarily support larger individual projects with amounts of more than DKK 500,000.
Method development is key. We prioritise development projects that come up with new solutions to social challenges in Denmark, especially projects that:
- work systematically to develop new ways and methods to help socially disadvantaged people become part of constructive communities.
- retain and disseminate the knowledge and experience that is created for the benefit of others working with social initiatives.
The projects’ target groups can be people at all stages of life.
All applications are read by the foundation's professional secretariat. As part of our processing of the applications, the most promising project ideas are assessed by external experts, so that VELUX FONDEN's board has a sound basis for their decisions.
We emphasise dialogue with applicants, but we do not co-develop project ideas or enter into project partnerships.
We support knowledge sharing for grant recipients, via seminars and theme meetings, and we are in constant dialogue with small and large contributors working in the social area in Denmark.
- Construction/renovation. Ongoing operation and administration of institutions or organisations.
- Tasks that fall under the public sector's obligations.
- Projects that serve political, commercial or business interests.
- Projects that consist exclusively of research, competence development, events, continuation of activities, documentation /evaluation.
- Private individuals and commercial companies.
If you are still in doubt about what we support and do not support, please feel free to contact us.
Next application deadline
COVID-19 still has a foothold in Denmark and has put communities under pressure, which particularly affects children, young people and adults in socially disadvantaged positions as well as the elderly. Therefore, we would very much like to receive applications for new project ideas that include these groups in constructive communities (educational, employment or leisure communities). Applications should be received no later than 1 February 2021
The applications must contain innovative solution proposals for the current problems and must point to new methods and new ways of creating and organising inclusive communities.
How to apply?
We only accept applications from projects based in Denmark. Please visit our Danish website for more information. Please note, that applications must be written in Danish.
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.
VILLUM FONDEN and VELUX FONDEN have set up a number of working groups mainly for the purpose of contributing to the allocation activities of the foundations taking place on a professional, sound and in other respects exemplary basis. The object of the working groups is to assist the board of trustees with strategic development as well as with the handling and recommendations to decide on applications and projects within selected areas, presently the individual allocation areas as well as the asset management.
Members of the Working group for Social projects in Denmark:
- Birgitte Mazanti, head of centre, Centre for Social Housing Development, external member
- Erik Michael Darre, board member of VELUX FONDEN
- Helle Linnet, senior consultant in the Local Health Service in Region Zealand, chair of Social Development Center SUS
- Leif Olsen, senior scientist VIVE, MSc, ph.d.
Projects we have supported
We have supported more than 200 social projects in Denmark with a total of more than DKK 675 million. We publish all our grants - find inspiration from previously supported projects.