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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.