Applications Invited for Heritage Matching Fund

Applications Invited for Heritage Matching Fund

Organization: International Heritage Cooperation

Apply By: 01 Oct 2023

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About the Organization

International cooperation can help preserve, manage and make visible the cultural heritage that connects the Netherlands with other countries and cultures.

Over the course of history, the Netherlands has both left and absorbed countless traces and cultural influences on and from around the world. These include tangible traces such as buildings, shipwrecks, religious objects, but also intangible traces such as sayings, culinary dishes and traditions. Some of these traces reflect a more peaceful and reciprocal history, such as the trade between the Netherlands and Japan, while others are tied to violence, such as the colonial occupation and exploitation of Suriname and Indonesia. International cooperation can help preserve, manage and make visible this cultural heritage that connects the Netherlands with other communities, countries and regions. Collaborative projects can generate new insights, stimulate reciprocal interest, acknowledge difficult pasts, and open up new opportunities.

About the Fund

The Matching Fund is meant for projects that contribute to the visibility of the history and heritage that connects the Netherlands with the partner and focus countries that are included in the Dutch International Cultural Policy. Because visibility is the central goal of the scheme, we expect applications to place a strong emphasis on reciprocal representation, multiperspectivity and historical awareness.

Who can Apply

Legal entities established in the Netherlands can submit an application for a project. This may be a heritage institution or heritage professional and / or a cultural institution or cultural professional. Annually, there is 180,000 Euro available for this scheme. 75% of the available budget is reserved for projects with the partner countries and a maximum of 25% of the annual budget is available for projects with the focus countries.

Partner countries: Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia*, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, United States

Focus countries: Belgium, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom.

If you think you are eligible for the Matching Funds, it is highly recommended that you contact our Advisor Anne Maamke Boonstra before you send in your application. An independent programme council will advise on the allocation of the funds available.

* For cooperation with Russia, DutchCulture follows the Dutch government's declaration of solidarity for Ukraine and principles of cultural cooperation with the Russian Federation and Belarus.


The first deadline for the Matching Fund in 2023 is 26 March, the second deadline is 1 October.

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