Funding for international cultural exchange under the Collaboration Agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture

Funding for international cultural exchange projects




Who may apply?

Partners of the Collaboration Agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture for International Cultural Exchange can apply for grants for international cultural exchange. 

See here which institutes are part of the Collaboration Agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture.

Purpose of the program

Partners can apply for funding from the Collaboration Agreement to support international cultural exchange projects that aim to:

  • Develop and renew Danish art and culture
  • Market Denmark as a nation
  • Promote cultural exports
  • Promote intercultural dialogue.

How your application will be evaluated?

When assessing applications, preference is given to projects that reflect the objectives, principles and initiatives of the International Cultural Panel’s strategy for 2017-2020.

The Panel’s five principles are:

  • Artistic quality
  • Local interest
  • Long-term perspective
  • Stakeholder collaboration
  • Communication

The panel assesses the project’s artistic quality based on whether the project could be eligible to receive support from the Danish Arts Foundation. Projects that have received support from the Foundation are given priority whenever possible.

The Panel is prioritizing projects that incorporate a local interest. Local interest for the project is assessed based on whether the project is co-financed by a local partner.

In line with the Panel’s strategy for 2017-2020, projects based on sharing Danish values with foreign partners are weighted. As the Panel’s larger strategy focuses on initiatives within continental Europe, US and Asia, the pool for international cultural exchange projects prioritizes projects that take place outside of these focus areas.

Please note:

During 2019 funds are intended to be distributed quarterly based on an even distribution of grants throughout the year. In assessing applications, priority and considerations are made within this financial framework.

Consideration may be given to how much applicants have previously received from the Steering Committee’s funds. This is done to ensure a relatively fair and proportionate distribution of funds.

It is not possible to apply for funds for projects that take place in Denmark.

It is not possible to apply for funds for projects whose primary content is sports or food related.

Please note, that the activity must not have commenced before the deadline for application.

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:

  • Purpose of the project
  • Activity plan (brief)
  • Success criteria
  • Collaborative partners
  • Project participants

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

  • Activity plan (detailed)
  • Budget (detailed)
  • CV of participants

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.

How much you may apply for?

If the project is selected, the grant is deposited to the account linked to the project’s main CVR number.

We report the grant to SKAT. No tax has been deducted from the amount issued. Grants up to and including DKK 100,000 are distributed as close as possible to the start date entered in the application form. If a grant exceeds DKK 100,000, and the project runs for a period longer than 6 months, the amount is paid in installments.

The application budget must include the project’s total finances with all expenditure items, as well as the financing plan. The budget must clearly state for which items funding is being applied for, and must be given in Danish Kroner.

When do you get an answer?

Applications for grants below DKK 100.000 will be handled continually. You will be notified within 4 weeks after submitting the application. Please note that applications will not be processed during July.

Deadlines in 2019 for applications for grants above DKK 100,000 are January 31, March 23, July 20 and October 19, and will be assessed during the following Steering Committee meeting. You will be notified within 12 weeks after the deadline of the submission.

Once you have submitted the application

After submitting your application electronically you will receive a receipt by e-mail.

Who will evaluate your application?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture assess applications for grants above DKK 100,000. Applications for grants up to DKK 100,000 will be assessed by the Danish Agency for Culture. The Danish Agency for Culture will solicit statements from the relevant art centers. These statements will be taken into account when assessing applications.

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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