Statens Kunstfond

Danish and foreign literature for children and young adults

You may apply for subsidies from this fund for production of Danish books for children and young adults, for translations to and from Danish, literary events, literary festivals, travel and research, and other literary projects for children and young adults.


  • 15 August
  • 15 February

* Note: The application form is available in January 2020.

Hvem kan søge?

Companies, institutions, associations and individuals.

Only publishing (purchasing) publishers may apply for support for production and translation. 

You cannot apply for support for publishing your own works. 

Hvad er formålet med ordningen?

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Literary Funding wants to promote literature for children and young adults, and the availability of Danish and foreign literature in Denmark and Danish literature abroad to children and young adults – including fiction, general cultural literature and non-fiction for children and young adults.

Applications may be made for support for, for example:

  • Literary events, festivals and conferences about and/or for children and young adults
  • Production of especially expensive illustrated books for children and young adults
  • Translation of Danish and foreign works, as well as sample translations of Danish works
  • Travel by authors in connection with research for books for children and young adults

Sådan vurderes din ansøgning

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 assessing artistic quality, the committee emphasises professional ability, command of language, originality and the will to explore new themes and expressions, artistic and/or societal relevance, and literary curiosity and courage. 

When assessing the artistic quality of translations, the committee especially puts special emphasis on 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 frameworks within which the art itself resides. This may include the quality of the arrangement of an initiative for children and young adults – both in regard to the artist and the adults involved in coordination of the initiative. For example, what considerations there have been regarding the target group, ideas, choice of materials and contexts, and whether the artist has experience with communicating to children and young adults. And whether consideration has been given to what role the children play when they are confronted with the art. 

Spreading of art support
The committee tries to achieve geographic spreading of the total area of support so that the support is disseminated as widely as possible. 

When prioritising a number of applications that are worthy of support, the committee may choose to prioritise projects that have not previously received support.

More formal criteria

  • You cannot apply for support for operation.
  • Your project must not have been completed before the expiry of the application deadline.
  • If you apply for support for more than one project, you must send an application for each project. 
  • Events are required to be available to the public and be clearly announced. 
  • The following applies to applications for fees for visiting authors and illustrators: The author must have published at least one work as the sole author and the illustrator must have published at least one illustrated work.
  • In the case of translations, applications regarding translators who translate into their mother tongue and when the translation is from the language in which the work was originally published are given priority.
  • Support for travel and research may be applied for by publishers, authors, translators and illustrators, and the following prerequisites apply: 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.
  • Support for translation may only be used for the translator’s fee.

The fund does not support projects within research, education, regional and local history, handbooks, hobby books, self-help books, dictionaries and catalogues, etc.

Hvad skal ansøgningen indeholde?

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

When the purpose is:

Literary events, festivals and conferences
- Project description
- Programme
- Budget (the budget form must be used)
- Short CVs about the participants.

Production and publishing support
- Project description
- Budget (the budget form must be used)
- List of author’s works
- Text sample (no more than five pages)
- Any table of contents, illustration sample (no more than five pages each)

Translation to and from Danish
- Project description
- Budget (the budget form must be used)
- Documentation of the translator’s experience
- Contract with the translator
- Sample text (in the original language and the translation, no more than five pages each)

Sample translations from Danish
- Budget (the budget form must be used)
- Permission from the rights holder
- Plan with the sample translation and pitch
- List of choices of publishers including contacts, and the motivation for the selection of the publisher

Travel and research
Project description
- Budget (the budget form must be used)
- Short CV or list of works
- Sample text (no more than five pages, possibly from a previous work)

For foreign bank accounts, a completed bank information form must be attached. To choose the correct form, use the IBAN Checker.

Form for wire transfers to countries using IBAN

Form for wire transfers to countries NOT using IBAN

Please note that we can only receive material in the following formats: PDF, Word, Excel and mp3. Attached emails must be in PDF format.

As the applicant, you are responsible for completing the application form correctly, and that all of the attachments wanted are attached. The committee processes the applications on the basis of the material that is submitted with the application in question.


You must create a budget for the project. Here, it must clearly indicate which items support is being applied for and how large the self-financing is.

Some self-financing is expected, because the committee very rarely fully finances projects.

The size of the support varies and depends on the concrete project, but support more than DKK 100,000 is rarely given for a project, also based on the consideration that the art support must benefit as many applicants as possible in all parts of the country.

In case of events with one author/translator, a grant of DKK 5,000 is given to subsidise fees. In case of events with more authors/translators, a grant of DKK 4,000 per author/translator is given to subsidise fees. 

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.

Payment: The grant will be paid out to the bank account you have specified in your application.

We report the subsidy to SKAT [the Danish tax authority]. Tax has not been deducted from the amount paid. 

Subsidies of DKK 100,000 or less are paid as closely as possible to the date you have stated as the start date in the application. If the subsidy is for more than DKK 100,000 and the project period is more than six months, the amount is paid in instalments. 

Hvornår får du svar?

You will receive notification of the committee's decision no later than 8 weeks after the deadline. During this period, the applications will be prepared for the committee, disseminated, read and processed. When all of the applications with the same deadline are ready, notification of the results will be given to the individual applicants by email.

Når du har indsendt ansøgningen

When you have submitted the application form, you will receive a receipt by email with a copy of the application attached. Check the receipt to ensure that all of the attachments wanted are included. 


Decisions are made in accordance with section 3(1), cf. (2) and (3) of 'Lov nr. 458 af 8. maj 2013 om Statens Kunstfonds virksomhed' [Danish Act no. 458 of 8 May 2013 on the Activities of the Danish Arts Foundation]

Hvis du får tilsagn /tilladelse /dispensation skal du...

The Danish Arts Foundation must be credited upon publication of the translation. You can find the Danish Arts Foundation’s logo at

No later than three 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,

Other services from the Danish Arts Foundation and the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces:

Hvem vurderer din ansøgning?

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Literary Project Funding makes an assessment based on the merits of the application.

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