Jacomine Hendrikse, DutchCulture
Jacomine Hendrikse
Advisor - Europe + Heritage
j.hendrikse [at] dutchculture.nl

Europe + Heritage programme

Europe + Heritage programme

‘Heritage unites, Europe inspires’ - In January 2018, this motto heralded the beginning of the Dutch programme within the European Year of Cultural Heritage. The programme has turned out to be successful, with around 350 activities, most of them organised by small and medium-sized organisations.

As of 2019, DutchCulture is committed to developing a sustainable approach to Dutch-European heritage. The goal is to reinforce networks, knowledge exchange, and cooperation between the Netherlands and other European countries and partners in the field of heritage. DutchCulture aims to encourage, inform and support the Dutch heritage world by fulfilling these objectives.

The activities will build on the knowledge and network developed during the European Year of Cultural Heritage. An important partner in this process is the Erfgoedplatform Plus of Dutch organisation Kunsten ’92.

  • DutchCulture actively pursues the objectives listed above. We take on a communicative and supporting role in facilitating (international) expert meetings and exchanges while underlining the European context of heritage. We also connect projects and partners and identify trends and opportunities. So, please keep us up to date on your heritage project with and within Europe.
  • DutchCulture offers consultations (adviesgesprekken) to organisations and/or individuals who want to start a European heritage project, offering among other things information about national and international financing options.
  • There is a number of guides that can help you find the right fund;
    • The Dutch national knowledge institute for culture & digitalisation, DEN, has a great overview of funds that can support digital heritage projects.
    • On the basis of the experience we have with the Shared Cultural Heritage programme, we compiled a list of Dutch funds aimed at national and international heritage projects.
    • In collaboration with On the Move, we made the Cultural Mobility Funding Guide. The Cultural Mobility Funding Guide is limited to funding opportunities for cultural mobility, meaning activities with an explicit international component and not only focusing on heritage but also other artistic disciplines.
  • In addition, you can also ask for a consultation from our colleagues at Creative Europe Desk Netherlands. The EU grant toolkit can help you identify which EU grant would fit your project and which Dutch organisation can provide you with more concrete information.
  • DutchCulture organises network and knowledge exchange meetings for the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. The next one is during Europe Day 2021.
  • DutchCulture shares calls and relevant news items on its website and through its social media channels. Please follow our DutchCulture Twitter and Facebook channels.
  • Via the Heritage Foreign Visitors Programme, DutchCulture invites European heritage experts to the Netherlands in order to strengthen their Dutch network and introduce them to Dutch examples and practices in their relevant heritage field.
  • The Europe + Heritage travel grant is set up specifically for Dutch heritage professionals to strengthen their network within Europe and knowledge exchange with European colleagues. 80 vouchers of € 250 are made available. Young heritage professionals, in particular, are encouraged to make use of the scheme. The reports of these visits will be shared on this page. For more information see these documents: Travel Grant scheme Europe + Heritage (in Dutch / in English) and Application form Travel Grant Europe + Heritage.
  • The Europe + Heritage support grant scheme focuses on initiatives, projects, meetings and activities that strengthen the knowledge exchange between the Netherlands and Europe in the field of heritage. This can also be knowledge exchange in how to deal with the challenges related to the Covid crisis within the field of heritage. The scheme consists of seven grants of € 5.000. For more information see these documents: Support Grant Scheme Europe + Heritage (in Dutch / in English) and Application form Support Grant Europe + Heritage


For more information, send an email to heritagedesk@dutchculture.nl