Dutch-Australian Cultural Heritage Call for proposals 2018

***Please note the embassy accepts project proposals until 26 October 2018***

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra welcomes project proposals for initiatives in the field of Dutch-Australian cultural heritage to be initiated in 2018.

The historical ties that bind the Netherlands and Australia date back to the early 17th century, when Dutch VOC ships were the first to map and chart the Australian continent, long before the arrival of Captain Cook. Dutchman Willem Janszoon and his crew on the Duyfken made the first European landing on the Australian continent in 1606 and many Dutch explorers, including Dirk Hartog (1616), Abel Tasman (1642) and Willem de Vlaminck (1697) followed. In 2016 we marked the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dutch captain Dirk Hartog on the west coast of Australia in 1616. Dirk Hartog ’s pewter plate is the oldest European object ever found on Australian soil and, so far, four Dutch shipwrecks have been found in Australian waters, including the Batavia and the Zuytdorp.

World War II strengthened the ties between our countries through our military alliance. After the Battle of the Java Sea was lost in 1942, Dutch forces and equipment relocated from the Netherlands East Indies, nowadays Indonesia, to Australia. Here they were quickly integrated with the allied forces of Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, making the Netherlands the so-called fourth ally. The Dutch alliance with Australia has evolved and deepened ever since.

The connection between our countries became even stronger over time as Australia welcomed many Dutch migrants, especially in the aftermath of World War II. Between 1947 and 1970 around 160,000 Dutch migrants came to Australia, where they contributed to Australian society, culture and prosperity becoming an important factor in shaping the nation. Many of them contributed to the Australian economy as entrepreneurs and manufacturers,  setting up businesses and consequently leaving traces of mercantile heritage. The Dutch were called the invisible migrants as they integrated so well into the Australian society. Nowadays, there are still over 70,000 Australian residents who were born in the Netherlands and there are a further 339,549 Australians who claim Dutch ancestry.

The Dutch Diplomatic missions in Australia commit themselves to the sustainable preservation and promotion of this Dutch-Australian heritage, gathered together as the so-called 4 M’s: Maritime, Migrant, Military and Mercantile heritage. With this call for proposals, the Embassy in Canberra calls for initiatives that support this goal through cooperation between Dutch and Australian organisations, resulting in innovative projects that help preserve and raise the awareness of our shared tangible and intangible heritage in Australia.

Project criteria

  1. The project promotes the sustainable preservation of Australian-Dutch cultural heritage;
  2. The project focusses on one (or several) of the abovementioned 4 M’s;
  3. The project has a long-term impact;
  4. The project is mainly aimed at a target group in Australia;
  5. The project promotes cooperation between Australian and Dutch counterparts;
  6. The project creates awareness and knowledge about Australian-Dutch cultural heritage mainly among an Australian audience;
  7. A strong communication strategy is part of the project planning;
  8. If applicable: involvement from key stakeholders and the community to ensure the project can continue after Embassy funding ceases.

Optional criteria

  1. The project presents opportunities for multilateral cooperation with other countries that have a strong cultural heritage connection with the Netherlands: Indonesia, Japan, India, China, Suriname, South-Africa, Brazil, Russia, and the Unites States of America;
  2. The project creates opportunities for follow ups to be initiatited by the applicant or third parties;
  3. The project thematically connects Australian-Dutch cultural heritage with contemporary Dutch key sectors, involving Dutch companies in Australia (see Holland Hub Australia);
  4. Public-private partnerships and private sector involvement, e.g. through sponsoring or advertising.

Applicant criteria

  1. Grant applications must be submitted by a professional, non-commercial Australian organisation that is not dependent on the financial contribution for its financial survival. Individual professionals may apply as well*;
  2. The applicant works together with a Dutch counterpart. The cooperation is based on equality, reciprocity and respect for ownership;
  3. The applicant uses the application form supplied by the Embassy;
  4. The project starts between 1 March 2018 and 1 December 2018 and will run for a period not exceeding four years;
  5. The contribution will in principle not exceed 60% of the total project budget. The financial value (or a fair estimate) of any in-kind contributions (such as expertise, equipment, office space and PR) may be included. Please note, the Embassy does not sponsor overhead costs;
  6. The requested financial contribution of the Embassy should be between 3.000 and 25.000 AUD.

*you can download the application form under 'related documents'

Please note the embassy accepts project proposals until October 26, 2018.*

Application procedure

  • The Embassy aims to decide on your application within thirteen weeks after receiving it.
  • Applications have to be submitted by filling out the attached application form. Please note application forms have to be signed and the original application form sent to the Embassy by post.

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Attn. Ms Femke Withag
120 Empire Circuit
Yarralumla ACT 2600

If you have any questions, please contact us on can-pcz@minbuza.nl or call +61 2 6220 9400 and ask for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Public Diplomacy.

Further information

  • The Embassy can connect you with relevant institutions and experts in the Netherlands to support exchange of knowledge and collaboration.
  • The Embassy can furthermore assist with the promotion of your activity through social media.
  • DutchCulture (based in Amsterdam) supports Dutch heritage organisations in their international activities. Their Matching Fund supports projects initiated by Dutch organisations involved with shared heritage activities in different countries. Their Shared Cultural Heritage Travel compensation scheme offers support to Dutch organisations travelling to one of the ten partners countries: Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Surinam and the United States of America. Through DutchCulture’s International Visitors’ Programme, foreign heritage professionals can become acquainted with the Dutch cultural heritage arena.
  • The Shared Cultural Heritage Fund is part of the International Cultural Policy Framework for 2017-2020, see Beleidskader Internationaal Cultuurbeleid 2017-2020 (in Dutch)