Statens Kunstfond

Danish literature abroad and foreign literature in Denmark

You may apply for subsidies from this fund for translations to and from Danish, sample translations, mentor support for translators, events and network support for translators, travel grants for translators and research travel for publishers, etc.


  • 15 August
  • 1 February

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

Who may apply?

Companies, institutions, associations and individuals.

Purpose of the program

The Danish Arts Foundation wants to promote literature and access to foreign literature in Denmark and Danish literature abroad. Therefore, the committee supports projects that promote literature within fiction, general cultural literature and non-fiction. 

Applications may be made for support for, for example:

  • Translations to and from Danish
  • Production support for illustrated works
  • Sample translations from Danish
  • Events for authors regarding promotion of their authorship
  • Network support for translators
  • Research travel for translators and publishers
  • Mentor support for translators
  • Other literary projects

Applications for projects for children and young adults must be made to the “Danish and foreign literature for children and young adults” fund.

Applicants who apply for support for more than one project must send an application for each project.

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

With regard to network support, the committee offers support to activities in local networks of translators from Danish. The networks must strengthen the access of established translators to knowledge about Danish language and literature, and at the same time, the networks must ensure that there are frameworks for new, promising translators. 

How your application will be evaluated?

Applications are assessed on the basis of artistic quality and talent. 

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 quality of translations, the committee puts special emphasis on both the author’s and the translator’s professional foundation, experience and linguistic ability. 

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 between a number of applications that are worthy of support, the committee may choose to prioritise projects and applicants who have not previously received support.

More formal criteria:

  • The project must be clearly described and have clearly consider the target group and the effect of the project.
  • Events are required to be available to the public and be clearly announced. 
  • Applications must not be made for support for operation.
  • For support for production or translation of Danish works, it is the publisher that has bought the rights for publishing abroad that can apply for support. Support for translation must only be used for the translator’s fee. The committee gives priority to applications where the translator translates into his or her mother tongue and when the translation is from the language in which the work was originally published. 
  • For events intended to promote Danish authors in connection with publishing abroad, reading events or participation in literary festivals, support may be applied for by the author or by the organiser of the event. It is a prerequisite that the participant has been invited by the organiser prior to applying. 
  • With regard to mentor support, the translator or publisher may apply for support for no more than ten mentor hours with a qualified translator within the language and genre in question. It is a requirement that a contract has been entered into with the publishing publisher regarding a given translation. A maximum of DKK 6,000 may be applied for. 
  • The project must not have been completed at the time of the expiry of the application deadline. 
  • For travel when the author is invited to present his or her own works abroad, and when the author has been invited with a short deadline, in exceptional circumstances, support for for travelling expenses (but not accommodation, fees or other expenses) may be applied for afterwards.

What the application must contain?

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

Applicants who apply for support for more than one project must send an application for each project.

When the purpose is:

Translations to and from Danish
- Budget (the budget form must be used)
- Project description (state the genre, number of pages and motivation)
- Documentation of the translator’s experience
- Contract with translator
- Sample text from the translation and the original language (five pages each)

Production support for especially expensive works and illustrated works
- Budget (the budget form must be used)
- Project description (state the genre, number of pages and motivation)
- Sample text, samples of illustrations (no more than five pages each)
- List of the author’s works

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

Events for authors
- Budget (the budget form must be used)
- Project description
- List of the author’s works
- Any programme for festivals and similar events
- Invitation from the organiser

Network support for translators
Budget (the budget form must be used)
- Project description CV/list of works of the participating translators and any presenters

Research travel for translators and publishers
- Budget (the budget form must be used)
- Project description
- CV or list of works

Mentor support for translators
- Short project description
- The publisher’s contract with the translator (no more than DKK 6,000 for supporting 10 mentor hours may be applied for)

Other literary projects
- Budget (the budget form must be used)
- Project description

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. 

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.

How much you may apply for?

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. 

When do you get an answer?

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.

Once you have submitted the application

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. 

Legal Framework

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]

If you get a grant you must...

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

Who will evaluate your application?

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

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