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.

Cultuurloket DigitALL

Cultuurloket DigitALL
A fund for cultural institutions that want to strengthen their public offer or contact with the public through the use of digital technology.


Fonds21 is an enterprising and socially involved fund that supports Art & Culture and Youth & Society through goals. They support professional, high-quality projects that are able to reach a wide, new audience.

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
The fund supports projects in the fields of visual art, historic preservation, history & literature, music, nature, theater, dance, film and neighborhood culture. The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds also presents several prizes, distinctions, grants and stipends every year. To honor volunteers, to encourage talent or for an oeuvre. They also have scholarships and stipends for up-and-coming and proven talent.

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.

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 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.

Lira Fund
The Lira Fund (Lira Fonds) spends so-called ‘sociocultural funds’ (SoCu funds) that are deducted from copyright fees. They support social causes like professional organisations for writers, translators and editors. The Lira Fund also subsidises cultural causes: events and projects in the fields of literature and drama, and individual contributions thereto by professional writers, translators and editors. The fund occasionally supports educational causes: vocational and professional training courses.

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.


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.

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, dance and film and tv.