Statens Kunstfond

Craft and design projects in Denmark and abroad

NB! We are currently having trouble with our application system. If you experience any trouble with the digital application form, then please try againg around 16:00 today. If you still have problems with the form by then, please send your application including attachements via email to kunsthaandvaerkogdesign@slks.dk. Please state "System error" in the subject field and attach a screenshot of the error message. Funding for production, exhibitions, shows, trade fairs, seminars and communication projects concerning Danish craft and design in Denmark and abroad.

Artform:

Deadline:

    04. marts 2020

* Note: Please note that you can submit your application until 23:59 on the closing date, but we recommend that you submit earlier. The application form is available at least one month before the deadline.

Who may apply?

  • For exhibitions, trade fars, shows, and communication projects:
    Professionals with close ties to Danish craft and design: craftspeople, designers, curators, writers, communication experts, museums, galleries and others with an interest in developing and promoting Danish craft and design.
  • For production:
    Craftspeople and designers with close ties to the Danish craft and design scene.

The Committee for Craft and Design Project Funding funds currently active craftspeople and designers. Exhibitions must present contemporary craftspeople and designers, but group exhibitions are not restricted to artists who are still currently active in their field. Communication projects – books, conveying research results, etc. – are not required to be about contemporary arts and crafts.

The Committee takes a broad approach to funding. It also regularly takes part in interdisciplinary projects along with other Danish Arts Foundation committees.

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

Who may not apply? 

  • Students within the field of craft and design.

You cannot receive funding for:

  • Activities completed before the application deadline
  • Renting of studios
  • Travel and accommodation for assistants (as a general rule)
  • Courses of study/training courses
  • Educational institutions and student projects
  • Capital investments, e.g. new machines for production.

Purpose of the program

The programme aims to promote artistic quality in the development and understanding of – as well as innovation in – contemporary Danish craft and design. From its pool, the Committee for Craft and Design Project Funding supports the production, presentation and all forms of communication (oral, written, visual, digital, and print) of the work of Danish craftspeople and designers to appropriate audiences, including travel and accommodation costs for specific exhibitions and projects.

The funding options are listed below:

PRODUCTION

Funding for the production of new works for exhibitions, fairs, and shows in Denmark and abroad. Funding for setting up business and international collaboration on the production of new types of Danish products which help establish the specific identity and profile of craft and design.

EXHIBITIONS, FAIRS, AND SHOWS IN DENMARK AND ABROAD

Funding for Danish craftspeople and designers to take part in exhibitions, fairs, and shows in Denmark and abroad

COMMUNICATIONS

Funding for communicating the work of Danish craftspeople and designers to Danish or international audiences by means of exhibitions or in printed and digital form.

Remuneration for craftspeople and designers


Established exhibition venues, museums, and galleries are encouraged to provide proper remuneration for craftspeople and designers involved in setting up exhibitions in their venues. Funding to cover these set-up costs should be applied for along with the funding application for the exhibition. Read more about the exhibit fee programme on our website (in Danish).

Furthermore, exhibition venues, museums, galleries etc. are encouraged to remunerate craftspeople and designers in relation to exhibitions, meetings, PR etc. Expenses for remuneration can be a part of the total budget.

How your application will be evaluated?

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Craft and Design Project Funding processes applications based on the following criteria:

Artistic quality

It is a basic requirement for receiving funding from the Committee for Craft and Design Project Funding that the application must reflect high artistic quality in its field.

The Committee evaluates artistic quality in craft and design in terms of whether the proposed project demonstrates:

  • Relevance in relation to professional standards. Relevance can also consist of critical and ethical awareness, including in relation to context.
  • Dedication in challenging and exploring their craft, material, and idiom. The Committee places particular emphasis on projects reflecting and expressing familiarity with an understanding of the craft concerned.
  • Courage to challenge existing conventions and to show a clear commitment and a reflective approach to craft traditions.

The Committee is aware that craft and design is a broad area and it funds projects of high artistic quality throughout the whole field. This can mean projects that demonstrate aesthetic potential and a keen understanding of the craft, its materials and sensuousness, as well as projects centered on specific design solutions to specific problems or projects of a more intangible nature.

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Craft and Design Project Funding uses this programme to fund specific projects on the basis of the budgets submitted by the applicants. If your project is not yet ripe for implementation and resembles (basic) research, you may apply for a working grant from the Committee for Craft and Design.

The Committee also prioritises collaborative ventures involving new combinations of stakeholders to explore interdisciplinary opportunities and address the challenges and opportunities faced by individuals and society. The Committee also gives preference to projects concerning production, presentation, and communication of craft and design aimed at children and young people.

If you have applied for grants from the Danish Arts Foundation within the past three years, this information will be considered in the evaluation of your application.

What the application must 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.

A good, complete application meets the formal criteria for what the application must include, arguing precisely and concisely why the project is important and relevant to the applicant, the craft, and society in general.

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

You must attach the following: 

  • A project description (max. 1 page) and a budget (PDF). You must not remove the questions from the template. Download the template here.
  • Images:
    • No more than two A4 sheets featuring relevant images that visualise the project: e.g. photographs, sketches or other images (PDF).
    • Where relevant, no more than five A4 sheets of images documenting previous work (PDF).
  • Brief CV’s of all the craftspeople, designers, curators, innovators, writers, etc., seeking funding. CV’s must be no more than a single A4 sheet. For projects involving several participants, enclose only shortened CV’s of not more than half an A4 sheet each. (PDF)
  • If you are applying for funding from more than one of the Danish Art Foundation committees, you must state this in the application.
  • For applicants with non-Danish bank accounts: banking information form (see section “Grant amount and payment”)

Do not attach images of other people's work, e.g., inspirational images and mood boards. If there are particular reasons for attaching pictures of other people's works, it must be clearly stated that they are not yours. Similarly, you must state whether the artistic work submitted was collaborative or not.

All activities related to the same project (e.g. production, exhibition, and catalogue) should be included in a single application.

The Committee for Craft and Design Project Funding recommends that galleries, agents, etc. apply for funding to cover a single year of activity at a time and that the name of the project used in the application includes the year in which the activities will take place. Applicants are welcome to apply in the current year for grants for activities in future years.

Please be aware of the following: 

  • The total size of the attached files may not exceed 15 MB.
  • We accept the document formats PDF, JPG, and Word. We do not accept Pages or 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. 

Collaborative projects/joint applications


If you are part of a group of partners who do not share the same company ID number and intend to share the funding, you must each submit an application form with identical project name and appendices. On the budget form, each applicant must stipulate their share of the total amount.

How much you may apply for?

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

Payment


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. 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 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.

When do you get an answer?

You will receive the committee’s decision via email within 12 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).

Once you have submitted the 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. 

Legal Framework

Decisions are made in accordance with section 3(1), cf. (2) and (3) of the Danish Act on the Danish Arts Foundation’s Activities (Act no. 458 of 8 May 2013) and the Danish consolidating Act on Visual Arts and the artistic aspects of Crafts, Design and Architecture (Act no. 457 of 8 May 2013).

If you get a grant you must...

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 Craft and Design 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)

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