Danish and foreign literature for children and young adults

Deadline: 01.02.2022, 11:59 PM

Funding for the production of Danish literature for children and young adults, for translations to and from Danish, literary events and festivals, travel and research, and other literary projects for children and young adults.

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The application deadline is temporary, and may change.

There are two annual deadlines - In 2022 the deadlines are in the spring and autumn.


Who may apply?

  • Companies, institutions, associations, and individuals.
  • Only the publishing (purchasing) publishers may apply for support for production and translation.
  • Only the organisers may apply for funding for fees in connection with literary events, festivals, conferences. The organizer and the performing artist may not be the same. 
  • Only publishers, authors, translators and illustrators may apply for funding for travel and research. 

You can receive funding for, for example:

  • literary events, festivals, and conferences about and/or for children and young adults
  • production of illustrated works for children and young adults
  • translation of Danish and foreign works, as well as sample translations of Danish works
  • publication of new Danish drama for children and young adults
  • authors’ travels in connection with research for books for children and young adults.

Find out more about how to apply if your project combines different art forms.

You cannot receive funding for:

  • publication of your own works
  • daily operation and projects that are operational in nature
  • translation of Nordic works in other Nordic languages. Funding for this must be applied for in the country of origin concerned. For more information, please see the programme “Nordic translations

Moreover, funding is generally not granted for projects that the committee considers as being within the areas of research, education, regional and local history, handbooks, hobby books, self-help- and lifestyle  books, dictionaries, and catalogues, etc.

Purpose of the program

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Literary Project Funding aims to promote literature for children and young adults, and make Danish and foreign literature in Denmark and Danish literature abroad available to children and young adults – including fiction, general cultural literature, and non-fiction for children and young adults.

How your application will be evaluated?

Applications are assessed on the basis of artistic quality and talent, as well as the committee’s special quality criteria for literature for children and young adults.

Artistic quality

When the committee assesses your application, it first and foremost emphasises quality and talent. During the assessment, the committee looks for artistic and personal necessity, as well as for professional and linguistic ability. The will to explore new themes and expressions is a positive sign, as is cultural and societal relevance. Finally, the committee decides whether the project appears to have found its form and has been fully developed. 

When assessing the artistic quality of translations, the committee considers both the author’s and the translator’s professional foundation, experience and linguistic ability.

Special attention to quality of literature for children and young adults

Quality is not just defined as artistic quality, but also the quality of the project as a whole. This may include the quality of the arrangement of an initiative for children and young adults – both with regard to the artist/critic and the adults involved in the coordination of the initiative. For example, what considerations there have been regarding ideas, choice of materials and contexts, and whether the artist/critic has experience with communicating to children and young adults. Moreover, whether consideration has been given to what role the children play when they are confronted with the art.

For production and publishing, the committee may place emphasis on the applicant’s considerations concerning how the project contributes to the improvement of Danish literature for children and young adults, and how the project is presented to potential readers. 

Travel and research

In the case of applications concerning funding for research travel, the committee also evaluates the degree to which the travel is required for the project in question, including whether there are alternatives for obtaining the knowledge wanted.

Spreading of art support

The committee aims to achieve a geographic spread among the granted applicants in order to disseminate the funding as much as possible.

The committee reserves the right to accommodate the application with a smaller amount than was applied for, based on an assessment of the application in relation to the total range of applications, the funds set aside and the wish to ensure diversity and spreading of art support.
If you receive a smaller amount than applied for, please read in your grant notification letter whether you should submit more information before we can pay your grant.

If you have applied for grants from the Committee for Literary Project Funding within the past three years, this information will be considered in the evaluation of your application. When prioritising between a number of applications that are worthy of support, the committee may choose to prioritise projects and applicants who have not previously received funding or have only received support to a limited extent. If there are several applications from the same applicant, the committee reserves the right to prioritise between the applications.

With regard to the volume of applications, works are prioritised if the committee’s assessment is that they would have great difficulty performing on market terms.

Other formal criteria

  • The project and the purpose of the project must be clearly described. This must include clearly stating in the application which authors are participating in the project
  • It is a requirement that self-financing is included in the project. For applications for translation, costs printing or editing, or similar, may count as self-financing.
  • With regard to sample translation, you may apply for 1,000 DKK up to 8,000 DKK. Only in rare cases the maximum sum is granted. The assessment is based on quality of the work, genre and the estimated number of pages of the sample.
  • The project must not be completed prior to the application deadline. For travel, where the author is invited to present his or her own works abroad, and where the author has been invited at short notice, you may exceptionally apply for funding for travelling expenses.
  • Events are required to be open to the public and must be clearly announced. However, this does not apply to events at schools, gymnasiums, etc.
  • The following prerequisites apply to applications regarding travel and research for publishers, authors, translators and illustrators: The author must have published at least one work as the sole author, the translator must have published a translation of at least one work, and the illustrator must have published at least one illustrated work.
  • The committee prioritises applications where the translator translates into his or her mother tongue and where the translation is from the language in which the work was originally published. Funding for translation must only be used for the translator’s fee. 

What must the application contain

You must submit your application using our digital application form found via the link on this page. We do not accept paper forms.

However, at the bottom of the page, you will find the application form as a PDF. Use this to familiarize yourself with the content and make sure you are ready with all the required information and documents, before filling in the actual application form. The digital application form has a 15-minute session timeout, so you need to fill it in rather quickly.

We recommend you to use the browsers Chrome or Firefox when you fill in the application form.

You must attach the following

You application must include different attachments depending on the type of project you apply with.  The mandatory attachments for each different project type are listed below.

Literary events, festivals and conferences

Production and publishing support

  • Project description
  • Budget (this budget form must be used)
  • List of author’s works
  • Text sample (5-8 pages)
  • Illustration sample, if the work is illustrated (5-8 pages), table of contents if relevant

Translation to and from Danish

  • Project description
  • Budget (this budget form must be used)
  • Documentation of the translator’s experience
  • Contract with the translator
  • Sample text (in the original language and the translation, 5-8 pages each)

Sample translations from Danish

  • Permission from the rights holder
  • The translator's CV
  • Information about the genre, number of pages of the original work and estimated number of pages of the sample

Travel and research

When filling out the project description, you must also state specific goals planned for your project, for example publishing/translating a specific literary work or the expected number of attendants at a literary event. If we ask you to report on your project, we will evaluate whether you have fulfilled the goals and activities stated in your application.

If you apply for funding for more than one project, you must submit separate applications for each project. However, for funding of fees for authors, illustrators, and critics at events, you must submit one application covering the entire period.

If you apply for funding for the same project from other Danish Arts Foundation committees, you have to state this in your application.

Please be aware of the following:

  • The total size of the attached files may not exceed 15 MB.
  • We accept the document formats PDF, Word, and Excel. We do not accept ZIP files.
  • You are not able to edit an application once you have submitted it. If your application is incomplete, you must submit a new and complete application before the deadline.
  • The committee will process the most recently submitted application.
  • Your application must include all the required attachments in order to be processed by the committee.
  • You are responsible for ensuring that your application has been filled in correctly and that all required attachments are included. Please check your email receipt for a list of the documents attached to your submitted application.

How much you may apply for?

You must attach a budget for the project. In the budget, you must clearly state which items the funding is applied for and how large the self-financing is. It is a requirement that self-financing is included in the project.

The funding amount varies and depends on the specific project, but projects are rarely granted funding of more than DKK 100,000, also based on the consideration that the art support must benefit as many applicants as possible in all parts of the country.

With regard to sample translation, you may apply for 1,000 DKK up to 8,000 DKK. Only in rare cases the maximum sum is granted. The assessment is based on quality of the work, genre and the estimated number of pages of the sample.

To get an idea of usual grant amounts, you can look at previously awarded grants on our website (in Danish).


For applicants with foreign bank accounts, a completed bank information form must be attached, either the form for wire transfers to countries using IBAN or the form for wire transfers to countries NOT using IBAN.

If you are a Danish citizen, organisation, or business and receive a grant, you must have a NemKonto available for the payment transfer. We transfer all grants to the NemKonto linked to the Danish CPR/CVR number you state in the application. If you, for example, apply with a new CVR number, you have to make sure that you have linked it to a NemKonto. You have to do this before a potential grant is awarded.

If you have moved out of Denmark according to the Danish Customs and Tax Administration’s definition, or if you are a foreign applicant, you are able to have a potential grant transferred to a foreign bank account.

If you receive a grant of:

  • DKK 100,000 or less, we pay the grant as closely as possible to the start date you have stated in your application. You should therefore make sure that the start date you enter matches the date of the first expenses for your project
  • more than DKK 100,000 with a project period longer than six months, we pay the grant in instalments.

We report the grant to the Danish Tax Agency, but tax has not been deducted from the payment.


You will receive the committee’s decision via email within 8 weeks after the application deadline.

Throughout those weeks, the committee will read and process all submitted applications. We will publish all awarded grants on our website (in Danish), once all applicants have received the committee’s decision.

The names of all applicants are made public on our website in the committees’ minutes (in Danish).

When you have submitted your application

When you have submitted your application, you will receive an email receipt with your application number. Remember to state your application number if you contact us.

In your email receipt, you will also find an overview of the documents attached to your application. It is your responsibility to check that all required documents are submitted, so please check the list to be sure. 


When the Danish Arts Foundation awards grants, it is important, and not least legally required, that the money is used for the purpose you have described in your application. Therefore, you must report on your project to the Agency for Culture and Palaces. How you must report depends on the grant amount you have received. Read more about how to report on your project.

Who will evaluate your application?

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Literary Project Funding processes the applications and makes the final decision concerning the distribution of the committee’s funds.

Application form as PDF?

On this site made all submitted electronically, but many people benefit from print a PDF to orient themselves in the requirements before they reach the completion of the actual application. But remember that you can not complete the form by hand and return it physical or analogy.

Click here to preview the online application form (NB the form cannot be filled in)