Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen

International Cultural Exchange Projects

WILL OPEN ON JUNE 15, 2021. As of 15 June 2021, Danish partners under the ministerial co-operation agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture can apply for funds for international cultural projects. The total project pool for international cultural exchange projects will be DKK 4.6 million with an ongoing application deadline. Funding will be granted to projects supporting the restart of international cultural exchange through projects between Danish cultural sector and foreign cultural institutions and artists. Funded projects are required to be initiated during 2021 and completed by the end of 2022.

* Note: It is not possible to apply until further notice has been made in spring 2021.

Who may apply?

The co-operation agreement which exists between the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Ministry of Culture is designed to promote Danish international cultural exchange.

The funding scheme administered under this agreement is open only to institutions covered by the agreement. International partners interested in initiating a collaboration on international cultural exchange can, however, contact their local Danish mission.

It is up to the Danish mission to apply for funding. Funding goes towards cross-sectoral international cultural exchange projects within the branches of the arts covered by the Ministry of Culture: Film, Architecture, Crafts and Design, Literature, Music, Visual Arts and Performing Arts.

Purpose of the program

Grants available under the Collaborative Agreement can be sought by partners of the Collaborative Agreement for international cultural exchange projects designed to strengthen: 

  • Development and renewal of Danish arts and culture
  • Promotion of Denmark as a country
  • Furthering of cultural export
  • Furthering of intercultural dialogue

How your application will be evaluated?

In assessing the application, emphasis will be given to how the projects reflects the principles for Denmark's international cultural exchange. The five principles are:

• Artistic quality

• Local interest

• Long-term perspective

• Actor collaboration

• Communication

The artistic quality is assessed on the basis of whether the project will be able to receive support from the Danish Art Foundation. The principle of local interest is assessed on the basis of whether the project is co-financed by a local partner.

Account can be taken on how much the applicant previously or otherwise receives from the steering group's funds. This estimate is made to ensure a fairly equitable distribution of funds.

No support can be applied for for projects held in Denmark.

No application accepted for projects whose professional content is sports or food.

Please note that the activity must not have started before the application has been received and processed.


What the application must contain?

We recommend that you read the application form carefully and have all the necessary information and documents ready before completing the application.

  • Aim of the project 
  • Project description (brief) 
  • Success criteria
  • Collaborative partners 
  • Project participants

The following enclosures must be attached to the application: 

  • Project description (full) 
  • Budget 
  • C.V.s of participants

For all applicants with a non-Danish account: Fill in the bank information and attach it to your application. Use this bank information scheme for countries using IBAN. Use this bank information scheme for countries NOT using IBAN.

Any other material submitted will not be taken into account in assessing the application. Documents sent by post will not be returned.

Applications not accompanied by the requisite information and documentation will not be considered.

Once you have submitted the application

When you submit your electronic application you will automatically receive an e-mail acknowledging its receipt, with a copy of the application attached.

With applications for grants of over DKK 150,000 you will be notified of the steering committee’s decision within 8 weeks. 

Applications for grants of under DKK 150,000 will be dealt with within four weeks. 

If your application is approved you are asked to read "When you are awarded a grant"

Who will evaluate your application?

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Ministry of Culture assess applications for grants of over DKK 150,000. Applications for grants of up to DKK 150,000 are assessed by the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces. The Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces will solicit statements from the relevant art centres. 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)