Funds and institutions in the Netherlands

Here you can find referrals to Dutch funds, sector institutes, and other relevant cultural organizations and resources.

Voordekunst (For the Arts) is a Dutch crowdfunding website along the lines of Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The difference is that project proposers (only artists and arts organizations can apply) have already gone through a selection and receive funding by some of the partners of Voordekunst. Through the website they hope to find matching funds to realize their projects.

The New Institute

The New Institute celebrates the innovative power of architecture, design and e-culture. The organization arose out of a merger between the Netherlands Architecture Institute; Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion; and Virtueel Platform, the e-culture knowledge institute.

The Netherlands Film Fund

The Netherlands Film Fund is the national agency responsible for supporting film production in the Netherlands. It focuses on the quality and diversity of feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental films. The Fund's operations cover participation in development, production and distribution. Besides, it supports film activities such as film festivals, coproduction markets and individual training for film professionals. It is also responsible for promoting a good climate for the national film industry.

Performing Arts Fund

The Performing Arts Fund is a cultural fund for music, music theatre, dance, theatre and festivals in the Netherlands. On behalf of the Dutch government the Fund supports all kinds of professional performing arts. The Fund supports quality in the broadest sense, which appeals to and touches as many different people as possible. The Funds aims to speak the language of the makers, make connections on a conceptual level and be respected as a knowledgeable (conversation) partner.

Mondriaan Fund

The Mondriaan Fund is a new state financed cultural funding organization that focuses on visual arts and cultural heritage. It aims to encourage innovation and excellence in these fields by supporting outstanding artists, cultural heritage and art organizations and projects in the Netherlands, and promoting contemporary art from the Netherlands abroad. The Mondriaan Fund is the result of a merger between the Mondriaan Foundation and the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. Up to 2013 the current funding activities will be continued. From 1 January 2012 onwards, all funding for design, architecture, games and videoclips will be transferred to the Netherlands Architecture Fund.

EYE Film Institute

EYE Film Institute Netherlands, the Dutch centre for film culture and heritage, is dedicated to developing a vigorous film culture in the Netherlands. Through its activities and services, EYE aims to foster a viable film industry in the Netherlands and to promote Dutch film at home and abroad.


DutchCulture, centre for international cooperation is the name of the new organisation for the promotion, support and implementation of international cultural cooperation. DutchCulture operates in the areas of culture, media and heritage. DutchCulture is the result of a merger of SICA, Trans Artists and MEDIA Desk Netherlands. The organisation will also take up the tasks that were assigned to the discontinued Netherlands Institute for Heritage.

Dutch Music Export

Dutch Music Export is an initiative by Fonds PodiumKunsten, Buma Cultuur and Stichting Popcoalitie, created with the foremost goal to bolster the international position of Dutch pop music on the world stage in a substantial and measurable way.

Dutch Foundation for Literature

The Dutch Foundation For Literature has the task of supporting writers and translators, and of promoting Dutch literature abroad. It invests in the quality and diversity of literature through grants for writers, translators, publishers and festivals, and contributes to the production and distribution of Dutch and Frisian literature at home and abroad. With the support of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, it aims to promote a thriving literary climate, embedded in literary history and attuned to the latest developments in the publishing industry.

Cultural Participation Fund

The Cultural Participation Fund (FCP) aims to promote participation in the arts and culture by encouraging people to take an active part in artistic and cultural activities. In achieving this, we work closely with local authorities and provinces, provide funding to institutions, stimulate debate, initiate research, and facilitate knowledge-sharing in the field of cultural education, the amateur arts, and popular culture.

Creative Industries Fund NL

The Creative Industries Fund NL began operating on 1 January 2013. It operates within the context of the Dutch government’s culture policy and focuses on all the designing disciplines and on E-culture in a broad sense. The Fund issues project grants in order to foster substantive quality in architecture, urban design, landscape design, product design, graphic design, fashion and E-culture, to foster innovation and cross-sector approaches and to professionalize entrepreneurship. An important concern is the improvement of the links between designers/makers and clients/manufacturers. By commission of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and with support from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, a program is being set up to focus on expanding the international market.