Danish Art Foundation

Funds available to Danish embassies and institutes

Grants for Danish embassies and institutes that sponsor events related to international cultural exchange.


* Note: NB! Application requirements are from the former round of applications. Changes may occur to the requirements for application in 2020. The opening date for the next round of applications is January 17, 2019.

Who may apply?

Danish embassies, consulates general and the Danish Institute in Athens. Consulates general must apply via the embassy in the country concerned.

Purpose of the program

The funding consists of a basic amount to initiate and organise international cultural exchange initiatives during the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

For larger projects, applications are submitted to the pool under the Collaboration Agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture for International Cultural Exchange (no set deadline).

It is a requirement that the funds is spent on activities that are open to the public and that they reflect one or more of the four objectives of the international cultural exchange:

  • To develop and renew Danish art and culture
  • To market Denmark as a nation
  • To promote cultural exports
  • To promote intercultural dialogue. 

How your application will be evaluated?

When assessing applications, preference is given to projects with an activity plan that:

  • includes working with important figures in the local cultural scene
  • aims to spread knowledge of Danish art and culture
  • extends the network of Danes and partners abroad involved in international cultural exchanges.

Funding is not available for:

  • operational expenses (gifts, Christmas hampers, annual reports, etc.)
  • conferences, courses and/or educational and training activities
  • amateur activities and sports
  • closed events on diplomatic premises.

Funding is paid out on the condition, that the receiver of the funding does not have unfinished reports on spending from previous funding from the Steering Committee's funding pools, that have exceeded the deadline.

It is noted, that embassies are only able to carry forward max. 10 % and/or 10.000 DKK of funding from one financial year to the next. If the funds are not used in the new financial year, the remaining amount must be paid back.

For the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, the Steering Committee will prioritize applications that reflect the role of art and culture in the danish narrative. In general The Steering Committee prioritizes initiatives that lives up to ICP-principles, including that high artistic and cultural quality must be the fundament of every initiative.

Download the International Culture Panel's Strategy 2017-2020 here.

What the application must contain?

We recommend reading the application form and having the necessary information and documents ready before starting.

The following specific information must be entered into the form:

  • Activity plan (brief).

The following should be attached to the application (in PDF format):

  • Activity plan (detailed)
  • Budget (detailed)
  • Report on spending 2017/2018 - if not already submitted - report form.

No other material will be considered. Hard copies submitted will not be returned.

Applications that do not contain the required information, and applications submitted after the deadline, will not be considered.

When do you get an answer?

Applicants will be notified of the Steering Group's decision within 12 weeks of the deadline for submissions.

Once you have submitted the application

When you have submitted your electronic application, you will receive a receipt by e-mail. 

Who will evaluate your application?

The Steering Committee under a collaboration agreement between the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Ministry of Culture assesses the applications submitted.

Application form as PDF?

All applications to the Danish Arts Foundation must be submitted electronically via the online application form. However, many applicants find it helpful to familiarize themselves with the requirements in the online form before submitting any application. You can review a preview version of the form below. Please keep in mind, that the preview is for preparatory orientation only.

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

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