Project and development funding for international cultural collaboration

The Danish Ministry of Culture and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs support international cultural collaboration through a project and development funding scheme. The purpose of the funding scheme is to support specific cultural activities abroad between Danish and foreign actors. The funding scheme for 2022 will close latest on December 9st 2022 or when the funding scheme is exhausted.

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Who may apply?

The funding scheme is aimed at a broad range of actors who wish to engage in international cultural collaboration within the purview of the Danish Ministry of Culture. Danish participants can apply in collaboration with local Danish missions and/or a local division of the Danish Cultural Institute. Applications are to be submitted by the Danish missions and/or local divisions of cultural institutes.



  • The total application amount must be DKK 50,000 at a minimum.
  • Projects must be based on a specific collaboration between Danish and foreign actors – for example, artists, organisations, and/or institutions.
  • The Danish artistic or cultural participant must have a professional affiliation with the Danish art/culture scene.
  • Where possible, primary financing for projects must be sought through other financing.
    Advice on other financing options can be sought from the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces (SLKS), including government financing sources.
  • It’s not possible to apply for full financing of projects.
  • The stakeholders in the project are expected to invest own resources in the project. 
  • An application may contain several independent projects – for example, several minor collaborative projects with local participants.
  • The funding scheme only supports production to a limited extent.
  • Projects must be commenced in 2022.

The funding scheme does not support:

  • Projects taking place in Denmark.
  • Projects where the primary content is sport or food/gastronomy.

Purpose of the program

The purpose of the funding scheme is to support collaboration projects for Danish art and culture abroad.

The funding scheme is anchored in the Collaboration Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Culture and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Denmark’s international cultural collaboration, which has the following purposes:

  • To promote Denmark’s cultural exports 
  • To promote intercultural dialogue between participants in Denmark and abroad
  • To promote the marketing of Denmark as a country
  • To promote innovation in Danish art and culture through international collaboration

How your application will be evaluated?

Applications are assessed on the basis of the funding scheme’s criteria and whether the purposes and principles for Denmark’s international cultural collaboration are reflected in the projects. Projects must support one or more of the four purposes, and the application must reflect the fundamental principles in the Collaboration Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Culture and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The four principles are:

  • Activities must be of a high professional quality in every respect.
    • Professional quality is assessed, inter alia, in whether the project will be able to receive support from the Danish Arts Foundation or other primary, qualified source of support. Professional evaluation of the artistic quality of the applications will be made, inter alia, by sections of the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces, the Danish Arts Foundation, and the Danish Film Institute.
  • Activities must be anchored in collaborations between Danish and international partners that are based on reciprocity and local interest.
    • In the assessment of the application, emphasis will be placed on local interest in the project through an anchoring with a local collaborative partner. This will be assessed, inter alia, from the local partner’s resources in the project.
  • Activities must ensure strong networks and partnerships that extend beyond the individual activity and preferably have a long-term perspective.
    • In particular, participant-to-participant collaborations and long-term partnerships are emphasized. This long-term perspective is assessed on the basis of the establishment of networks and collaborative relationships that have a perspective that stretches beyond the individual project or the individual venture.
  • Activities that ensure visibility through targeted communication.
    • There must be a focus on well-defined target groups and how communication contributes to the visibility of the project and its participants in the local/national context.

The Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces will solicit statements, inter alia, from the agency’s arts sections and other professional organisations. These statements will be used in the overall evaluation of all applications.

Consideration will be paid to a reasonably distribution of funds among the eligible applicants.

What must the application contain

We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the application form and have the necessary information and documents ready before you commence.

In particular, the following information must be entered into the form:

  • Purpose of the project
  • Project description (short)
  • Success criteria
  • Collaboration partners
  • Project participants

The following attachments must be appended to the application:

  • Project description (long)
  • Budget (the agency’s budget form must be used)
  • CV on participants

No additional materials will enter into the evaluation of the application. Applications that do not contain the required information will not be considered.

In applications with a portfolio of projects, we request a project description, CV, and budget for each project.



It is a requirement for the application to use the budget form that can be found via the link below. The purpose of the budget form is to provide an overview of the project’s financial dimensions and local/other financing. It also gives the applicant an impression of the information we request.

The application budget must contain the project’s overall finances with all expenditure items and a finance plan. The budget must contain a clear overview of all budget items applied for through this scheme. All budget items must be stated in Danish crowns.

Guide to fill out the budget template (xlsx)

Budget template (xlsx)

How much you may apply for?

There is no financial upper limit for applying.


Grants will be paid out to the NemKonto affiliated with the applicant’s primary company registration (CVR) number.

We will report the grant to the Danish tax authorities (SKAT). Taxes are not withheld from the sum paid out. Grants up to and including DKK 100,000 will be paid as close as possible to the start date provided in the application form. If a grant is over DKK 100,000 and the project period is longer than 6 months, it will be paid in lump sums or by other agreements with the applicant.


Up to and including DKK 150.000

Applications up to and including DKK 150,000 are processed on a running basis. You will receive an answer within four weeks after the application is received. However, please note that applications will not be processed in the month of July.

Exeeding DKK 150.000

Applications exeeding DKK 150,000 are processed four times a year by the Steering Committee for Danish Ministry of Culture and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs upon recommendation by the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces.

The following are the deadlines for 2022

- March 11th – answers may be expected in week 15
- May 29th – answers may be expected in week 26
- August 31st – answers may be expected in week 39
- November 14th – answers may be expected in week 50

Regarding all applications

The processing time is conditioned to the satisfactory submission of the materials for an assessment of the project.

Projects may not have been commenced before the application has been received by the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces.

When you have submitted your application

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

Who will evaluate your application?

The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assess applications for grants above DKK 150,000. Applications for grants up to DKK 150,000 will be assessed by the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces. The Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces 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)