The Dutch art- and culture world knows various subsidisers and funds owned by local- and national government and private institutes. The differences between them are big.

AFK (Amsterdam arts fund)

AFK (Amsterdam arts fund)
The AFK supports the experiment as well as proven quality, established and relative new organisations, professional art and amateur art - all over the city. There are long-term and incidental subsidies for all disciplines in the cultural sector, for cultural organisations and artists.

Blockbuster fund

Blockbuster fund
Supports cultural projects, preferably multifunctional, that take place in The Netherlands with a large (inter)national audience.


Fonds21 supports projects and initiatives in the fields of music, theatre, dance, e-culture, design, fashion, art, architecture, literature, new media and other disciplines. Also festivals, publications, media productions and educational projects are eligible. This fund supports professional projects with a strong quality.

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
This fund supports visual arts, monumental care, history and literature, music, nature, science and social cohesion. There are CultuurFondsen op Naam for amongst others visual artists, amateur researchers and windmill owners. Also there are stipends for individuals in categories like TheaterTekstTalent. For graduates of hbo or university who are an artistic or scientific talent there are Cultuurfondsbeurzen for further education of research abroad, or the purchase of a musical instrument.

VSB Fund

VSB Fund
The VSB Fund supports many hundreds of initiatives in a broad social field every year. It supports projects throughout the entire breadth of the art and culture sector, from performing arts to cultural heritage and from new media to fine art and cultural education.

Ammodo promotes art and science. It targets projects that have a high international prestige. The fund supports art projects that can contribute to the development or appreciation of art through their level and innovative or unusual character. Ammodo supports projects in music, performing art, fine art, film, literature and architecture.

Supports worthy causes that work on culture and the conservation of cultural heritage. It funds organisations that operate in the cultural sector.

BNG Cultuurfonds
Stimulates artistic and cultural activities that are (partly) financed by local governments and that have importance on the level of municipal policy.

The Co-production Fund for Domestic Broadcasting makes financial contributions to co-productions of a Dutch national public broadcasting corporation and a co-producer. The co-producer can be an independent film producer, an institution operating in the field of the performing arts, the Flemish Radio and Television Broadcasting Corporation, or a German public broadcasting corporation.

Creative Europe Desk NL/MEDIA
Provides information and advice about European funds and facilities for the audiovisual sector and in particular the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

Eurimages promotes independent filmmaking by providing financial support to feature-length films, animation and documentary films. In doing so, it encourages co-operation between professionals established in different countries.

Film Fund
The Film Fund offers financial aid for the development, realisation and distribution of film productions: movies, documentary, animation films, experimental and short films. Besides that they support film related activities such as festivals, meet-ups, workshops, publications and research.

Fund 1818
Fund 1818 supports many social initiatives in the field of healthcare, welfare, art, culture, nature, the environment and education in the region of The Hague. Fund 1818 supports preferably amateur art.

Fund for Cultural Participation
The fund stimulates an active participation in the cultural life of the inhabitants of the Netherlands in all their diversity. It has a variety of subsidy schemes, including cultural education, amateur art and popular culture. An interesting subsidy is, for example, International Cooperation. For when you are going to collaborate with an international partner in the field of cultural participation or cultural education, or to investigate what the possibilities are for a cooperation. Or the Urban Arts Talent subsidy with which the Fund wants to stimulate and support development programs for urban arts talents.

Fonds Kwadraat
Fonds Kwadraat, formerly Materiaalfonds, offers talented artists, photographers and designers interest-free loans for developing, creating and presenting new work, such as an exhibition, equipment, a website, a presentation or an artists' book.

Performing Arts Fund
The fund for music, music theatre, dance, theatre and festivals. Besides project subsidies and long-term subsidy the fund offers divers programming, project and individual subsidies and also individual subsidies. Quality is very important and special attention goes out to internationalisation, versatility, diversity and the stimulation of innovation in the process of creation, production and programming. This fund also supports the development of popmusic with the subsidy Upstream:Music (2019-2021).

Janivo Foundation
The Janivo Foundation supports art projects for children, adolescents and young adults between the ages of zero to thirty years in the field of talent development, young artists and education in arts.

Het Kersjes Fonds
Every year it grants two talented musicians a scholarship for a study abroad. Besides the fund grants subsidies for projects that support conducting and chamber music.

Lira Fonds
Lira Fund is a foundation that provides subsidies for projects in which professional poets, writers, translators and adaptors are involved. Projects in the field of literature, the performing arts and audio and audiovisual productions (films to a limited extent) are eligible for consideration.

Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds (NMF)
Supplies loans of musical instruments to professional musicians and to those that are aspiring to become.

Jazz and Improvising Musicians Social Fund
Professional jazz or improvising musicians who work in the Netherlands can appeal to this fund in case of need. It is there explicitly for those cases that are not covered by insurance policies and similar facilities.

National Theatre Fund
Supports theatres and theatre companies so that they can perform throughout the country with large productions.

North Holland subsidies
The province North Holland has different kind of subsidy programmes. Monumental care is often an important part of that.

Norma Fund
NORMA represents not only performers in the collective management of their related rights and interests. She also distributes grants among artists in all disciplines. These grants are intended for projects or activities that directly or indirectly promote the cultural, social and professional interests of performers.

The NPO-fund is part of the NPO and stimulates high-quality drama productions, documentaries and talent development in public broadcasting, broadcast and posted via radio, television and online. The NPO reserves 16 million euros per year for this. Only national public broadcasters can submit applications.


Mondriaan Fund
The public incentive fund for art and cultural heritage. It promotes unusual and innovative projects and activities by artists, intermediaries and institutions that are of importance for art and cultural heritage in the Netherlands. The fund also has a "working contribution young talent" for promising artists up to four years after their studies.

Stichting Doen
Stichting DOEN funds projects in the field of sustainable development, culture, welfare and social cohesion. It supports are cultural projects and community art projects in which the social strength of culture is expressed.

Stichting Stokroos
Stichting Stokroos supports artists, designers and cultural initiatives with financial support and coaching. Craft, quality and concept play an important role.

Creative Industries Fund NL
The fund for architecture, design and digital culture, as well as every imaginable crossover. The interdisciplinary interplay between the cultural, social and economic domains are thereby important. The fund supports exceptional and innovative projects and activities of designers, makers and cultural institutions in the creative industries. Upstream: Music x Design is a new subsidy that is meant for projects from pop musicians together with designers who work on new applications of design, visual culture and technology within music (2019-2021).

Stimuleringsregeling Eigentijdse Dans
The city of Amsterdam has an incentive for Contemporary Dancers in Amsterdam intended to support freelance dance professionals in the exercise of their profession. It provides the rental costs for rooms rented for research, rehearsals and assembly.

VandenEnde Foundation
This foundation aims to offer opportunities to develop to young and established artists, to promote cultural participation and to stimulate cultural entrepreneurship. The foundation grants subsidies or donations to the sections theatre, music, audiovisual media and fine art.

Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Stichting
Manages the archives of Van Eesteren-Fluck and Von Lohuizen, as well as trying, in the spirit of these designers, to stimulate architecture, particularly planning and urban design, by subsidising research, designs and publications by architects and organisations.