International Heritage Cooperation Matching Fund

International heritage cooperation

Relevent Country: Netherlands

Dutch organisations are now being encouraged to submit their applications for the Matching 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, they expect applications to place a strong emphasis on reciprocal representation, multiperspectivity and historical awareness.

Preserving, managing and making visible this kind of binding cultural heritage can be enhanced by international cooperation. These collaborations can provide new insights, mutual generate interest and new opportunities. When it comes to colonial in the past, cooperation can also lead to recognition and processing of suffering and pain. Through these collaborations they can learn from each other and it becomes heritage more inclusive and reflective. The shared past is a part for many of their identity and their daily reality.

The program has five implementers: DutchCulture, the National Office for the Cultural Heritage (RCE), the National Archives (NA), the Knowledge Centre Intangible Heritage of the Netherlands (KIEN) and the Dutch embassies and/or consulates-general in the relevant partner and focus countries. DutchCulture works closely with the performers to ensure coherence, the continuity and impact of the International Heritage Cooperation Programme to increase.

Funding Information

  • 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.
  • What kind of projects are supported?
  • They support projects from all cultural disciplines, as long as they are for the good come from the visibility of the past that connects the Netherlands with the concerning partner and/or focus country(ies). One can think of this publications, exhibitions, films, documentaries, TV series, installations, theater performances, etc.

What can the scheme not be used for?

  • The matching fund is not intended for research or scientific purposes conferences or symposia. Not only intended for publications or lectures for scientists or heritage experts.
  • The program aims to ensure that the shared past of the Netherlands is preserved as much as possible become visible and accessible to the widest possible group.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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.
  • 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.