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.

Holistic initiatives for socially vulnerable families

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.

Socially disadvantaged youth and adults in constructive communities

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.

Elderly as a resource in the community

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're curious – share your idea with us

Before drafting your application, we recommend that you get in touch with us to outline your project and discuss it with us.

How to apply

Under the 'Social projects ind Denmark' grant area applications deadlines are:

  • 10 December 2018
  • 11 March 2019
  • 6 May 2019
  • 2 September 2019
  • 28 October 2019

After initial dialogue, there are several ways to get started with the application process.

Send a full 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.

Send an expression of interest:

A project idea - or an expression of interest - is 1-3 pages with a short desciption of your project idea. An expression of interest gives you the opportunity 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. 

Ready to apply?

All applications must be submitted via our digital application portal.

Before you submit an application, we encourage you to read the guidelines for applications and budgets, which you will find in the application portal.

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.

The pilot project 'Time to be Young' by the Danish Alzheimer's Society

Coping day-to-day with dementia in a loved one at home can be distressing. 

Youngsters gain courage, purpose and self-esteem

VELUX FONDEN and the foundation TrygFonden have co-funded the creation and development of fire cadet corps nationwide in Denmark. 

Contact us

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.

Vibeke Lybecker
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VELUX FONDEN
+45 23 80 69 80
Stine Weiersøe Villadsen
Senior Adviser, VELUX FONDEN
+ 45 92 43 90 62
Conni E. Cederholm
Programme Coordinator, VILLUM FONDEN and VELUX FONDEN
+45 23 82 75 62