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Grant strategy

Lauritzen Fondens grant strategy 2016-2020 is based on the foundation charter and a vision to support children and youth’s opportunities to become active and contributing members of society in Denmark.

By focusing on the areas of well-being and general education we wish to support initiatives and projects that facilitates a way into education and employment. The grant strategy is implemented through donations and collaborations that enables a greater impact of the foundation’s funds.

Lauritzen Fonden wants to:

  • Secure and create new knowledge regarding the challenges and obstacles within the field
  • Enter into new forms of collaboration and partnerships
  • Anchor new methods to enhance the positive outcome and effect of initiatives


The foundation has a historic background and special interest in the cities of Ribe, Esbjerg, Helsingør, Aalborg and Frederikshavn. These cities are a primary target for our activities.

All relevant applications are considered in the grant committee who then recommend a selection to the board of directors – the final approving authority.

As a commercial foundation we also seek to enhance and develop Danish shipping and enterprise. As part of the grant strategy employee’s children are supported with student grants and Lauritzen Group Employees are able to receive support for their volunteer work. In addition, the foundation supports children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the founder Ditlev Lauritzen.

Our target group
We focus on children and youth from low-income households because they suffer from a disadvantage when it comes to equal opportunities in life, they have a hard time finding their way through the educational system and thus lack connection to the job market in adulthood. Approximately 8 % of children and youth in Denmark grow up in low-income households. Studies show that this group often:

  • Don't thrive – both physically and mentally
  • Rarely participate in leisure activities
  • Feel lonely
  • Do not perform well in primary school and 9th grade final school examination
  • Rarely begins youth education
  • Generally educate themselves less
  • Have a lower income as adults
  • Have a higher risk of unemployment
  • Have a higher risk of receiving early retirement benefit


That these children often have a more difficult path through life not only affect the individual but also society as a whole. It can lead to more inactive adults not able to obtain the same possibilities of contributing to society.

Focus areas: well-being and general education

Well-being:
Express itself in children’s joy for life, their curiosity and drive. Well-being is closely linked to children’s ability to learn, grow and improve. In Lauritzen Fonden we want to enhance children’s possibilities of well-being by supporting strategical efforts i.e. securing equal access to communities, play and movement.
General education:
Relates to the skills and attitude enabling children to become responsible and actively engage in communities. Research indicates that to achieve an active adult life you have to have social, cultural and educational capitals. Our focus on general education is visible through the initiatives we support that aims at securing life coping skills – meaning those social and cultural skills that go beyond the academic.

Foundation charter
Grant strategy (in DK only)
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