Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen

Funds available to Danish embassies and institutes

The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have initiated a dialogue to revise and focus the co-operation agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture on Denmark's international cultural exchange. Against this background, it is not possible for the steering group between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take a position on the cooperation agreement's budget for 2021 until this process has been completed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The goal is for a new cooperation agreement to enter into force during the spring of 2021.



    22. April 2021, 11:59 PM

* Note: Please note, that it is not possible to apply until further notice has been made in spring 2021.

Who may apply?

Danish embassies, consulates general and the Danish Institute in Athens. 

Purpose of the program

The funding consists of a basic amount to initiate and organise international cultural exchange initiatives during the period 1. January 2020 to 31. December 2020.

The minimal amount that can be applied for is DKK 50.000.

It is a requirement that the funds is spent on activities that are open to the public and that they reflect one or more of the four objectives of the international cultural exchange:

  • To develop and renew Danish art and culture
  • To market Denmark as a nation
  • To promote cultural exports
  • To promote intercultural dialogue. 

How your application will be evaluated?

When assessing applications, preference is given to projects with an activity plan that:

  • includes working with important figures in the local cultural scene
  • aims to spread knowledge of Danish art and culture
  • extends the network of Danes and partners abroad involved in international cultural exchanges.

Funding is not available for:

  • operational expenses (gifts, Christmas hampers, annual reports, etc.)
  • conferences, courses and/or educational and training activities
  • amateur activities and sports
  • closed events on diplomatic premises.

Funding is paid out on the condition, that the receiver of the funding does not have unfinished reports on spending from previous funding from the Steering Committee's funding pools, that have exceeded the deadline.

It is noted, that embassies can not carry funding from one financial year to the next. If the funds are not fully used, the remaining amount must be paid back.

For the period 1. January 2020 to 31. December 2020, the Steering Committee will prioritize applications that reflect the role of art and culture in the danish narrative. In general The Steering Committee prioritizes initiatives that lives up to ICP-principles, including that high artistic and cultural quality must be the fundament of every initiative.

Download the International Culture Panel's Strategy 2017-2020 here.

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:

  • Activity plan (brief).

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

  • Activity plan (detailed)
  • Budget (detailed)
  • Report on spending 2018/2019 - if not already submitted - report form.

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.

When do you get an answer?

Applicants will be notified of the Steering Group's decision within 12 weeks of the deadline for submissions.

Notice: Applicants who have not been notified of the Steering Group's decision within the normal timeframe will be notified in Medio March at the earliest. This is due to updates in the agency's grant system.

Once you have submitted the application

When you have submitted your electronic application, you will receive a receipt by e-mail. 

Who will evaluate your application?

The Steering Committee under a collaboration agreement between the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Ministry of Culture assesses the applications submitted.

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)