Danish Art Foundation

Literary Exchange Fund

Grants for authors’ travel expenses. Danish and foreign authors, Danish and foreign institutions and translators who translate from Danish into other languages may apply.


* Note: You can apply until December 3rd 2018, at 23:59, after which the scheme is closed for this year.

Who may apply?

Danish and foreign authors, Danish and foreign institutions and translators who translate from Danish into other languages may apply to the fund for grants.

It is a prerequisite that the participant has been invited by the event sponsor or sponsors prior to applying.

Authors are defined as writers of works within all of the genres of imaginative literature; writers of literature for children, including illustrators of children’s literature; writers of non-fiction works of general interest, creators of comic books and spoken-word performers.

If you are a foreign applicant or do not have a Danish civil registration number or company registration number, please click on the following link:

The names of the applicants for subsidies from the Danish Arts Foundation will be announced on the Danish Arts Foundation’s website at

Purpose of the program

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Literary Project Funding wants to promote literature and the dissemination of Danish literature abroad. Therefore, the committee offers support for travel expenses in connection with participation of authors in literary events in Denmark or abroad.

Examples of objectives and activities: Holding literature festivals, public reading events or promotion of publication abroad and in Denmark, in which the invited author promotes his or her own work. Translators of Danish literature who are to meet the author in Denmark. Residency stays abroad for Danish authors.

How your application will be evaluated?

Grants are available to Danish authors and foreign institutions to support the participation of Danish writers at literary festivals, readings and the promotion of the publication of works abroad. . Grants are also available, under the same conditions, for visits by foreign authors to Denmark and visits to Denmark by Danish authors who are permanently resident abroad.  Grants can also be awarded translators of Danish literature to a meeting with the author.

Grants may be provided to cover or partially cover reasonable transport expenses using economy class, and the travel project is expected to be financed together with the applicant/sponsor. It is a prerequisite that the country of the invited participant contributes to accommodation. 

In order to ensure that the fund can benefit as many authors as possible and to increase the geographic dispersion, grants are only available for transport.  Grants are provided for the participation of no more than three authors in the same event, and grants are not offered in connection with a series of events; that is, more than three events by the same sponsor within one year. Funding for such activities must be sought from: Literary events and marketing abroad.

In the evaluation of the application, emphasis will be placed on:

  • The author has published a work as the sole author by a publisher that is independent of the author financially and editorially.
  • The purpose is to promote the author’s own authorship.
  • The participant has been invited by the event sponsor or sponsors prior to applying.

Funding may not be sought for:

  • Participation in a conference in the form of network activities unless the participation is part of direct promotion of the author’s own authorship on the basis of an invitation.
  • Trips that have started at the time the application is made.
  • The promotion of research and educational materials, regional and local historical works, crafts and hobby books, dictionaries, self-help books and catalogues.

When they apply to the fund in connection with the promotion of culture in Denmark, foreign representations and cultural institutions will be able to receive grants from the fund to only a very limited extent and only in case of projects in collaboration with Danish publishers.

Who will evaluate your application?

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Literary Project Funding. 

How much you may apply for?

Funding may be applied for to cover reasonable transport costs using economy class. Expenses for hotel accommodation, subsistence allowance, author remuneration etc. are not covered, but are expected to be covered by the applicant or sponsor. See also the list of those who have received grants previously.

Due to the limited funding that the fund can provide, all other budgeted expenses for the trip must be covered by the applicant/sponsor as joint financing.

An additional DKK 2,500 may be applied for for the translation of a play, lyrics or prose in connection with readings abroad - or in Denmark in the case of foreign authors.

For readings and reading trips abroad, additional funding may also be provided to cover the travel expenses of the author’s translator in the country in which the readings are to take place.

The committee reserves the right to not allocate the full amount that is applied for, based on the overall priority that art subsidies must be provided to as many people and projects as possible.

What the application must contain?

We recommend that you become familiar with the application form and have the required information and documents or files ready before you start applying.

The following annexes must be attached to the application:

  • A CV and list of works for each author for whom funding is being requested (no more than one A4-size page)
  • An invitation from the sponsor or sponsors (not applicable to short stays in Denmark by translators)
  • The programme for the stay if the event lasts for a number of days

For applicants with foreign accounts: complete the bank information form (se below) and attach it as an annex to the application.

Bank information for countries using IBAN

Bank information for countries not using IBAN

Please note that the applications will be processed on the existing basis and that you yourself are responsible for ensuring that the application form is completed correctly and that all of the attachments that are wanted are attached.

Once you have submitted the application

When you have submitted your electronic application, you will automatically receive an email acknowledging its receipt, with a copy of the application attached.

Accounting and auditing

No later than four months after completion of the project all recipients of grants must confirm that the specified activities have taken place. The rules governing accounting and reporting procedures can be found on our website,

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)


If you have questions about this particular grant contact:

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