Applying for culture funds at the Dutch Embassy in the UK

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the United Kingdom promotes Dutch culture in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. To achieve this the department for Culture, Education and Communications at the Embassy supports Dutch-British cooperation in arts and culture. The Dutch Embassy connects partners, assists in funding projects and promotes cultural cooperation between Dutch and British 'North Sea Neighbours' via various (social) media channels.

Dutch Culture Funds offer financial support for cultural cooperation with the UK. In addition to this the Dutch Embassy has some funds available.

How to apply?

In 2019 the Dutch Embassy in the UK has a culture budget of €180,000.

Please send your funding application to LON-PPC@minbuza.nl. This application should include a project description, the dates of the activity and a full and detailed budget of all costs involved. The budget should clearly show which costs the applicant wants to cover with embassy funds and which costs are covered by other parties. Please also supply – on company letter headed paper – the applicant's name, address, website, telephone number(s), email address and bank details (IBAN, BIC, name and address of accountholder).

Criteria for grant applications

  • Grants are available to present works of artists/designers from the Netherlands at British cultural venues or festivals.
  • Applications are preferably submitted by a British cultural institution (legal entity, not individuals).
  • Only professional cultural institutions can apply.
  • The project is being realised in the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and/or Northern Ireland).
  • The minimum subsidy application is €2,500. The maximum request is €10,000.
  • There is a balanced division between Dutch and British financiers of the project and the Embassy is preferably not the only Dutch financier. (Click here for a list of Dutch cultural funds that have funding available for internationalisation.)
  • The project reaches a relevant audience. (This can be demonstrated, among other things, by the reputation of the organising British party and the location where the event takes place.)
  • The role of Dutch artists and Dutch financiers are mentioned in the marketing communications.
  • Expenses that are eligible for support are, among others, transportation, travel, accommodation, PR/marketing, event documentation (AV, photography).
  • Expenses that are not eligible for support are, among others, research and preparation phases of a potential future project, fees and per diems for the Dutch participants, salaries and general operating costs, insurance expenses, hospitality and entertainment (receptions, dinners, parties, etc.).