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Annemarie Pijl
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Secretary Focal Countries Desk
Email
focalcountriesdesk [at] dutchculture.nl

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

Europe + Heritage programme

Europe + Heritage programme

The Europe + Heritage programme offers advice, a travel grant scheme and a support grant scheme for European heritage cooperation.

Heritage can be both tangible and intangible: it includes natural heritage, built and archaeological sites, museums, monuments, artworks, historic cities, literary, musical and audio-visual works, and the knowledge, practices and traditions of citizens.

DutchCulture supports sustainable Dutch-European heritage cooperation by supporting and facilitating (international) expert meetings and exchanges while underlining the European context of heritage. We identify trends and opportunities and are in close contact with the heritage field. Please keep us up to date on your tangible and intangible heritage projects with and within Europe by sending us an email.

The Europe + Heritage Programme is designed for Dutch heritage organisations and professionals that are based in the Kingdom of the Netherlands (including the Caribbean parts) and wish to visit a European partner, to invite a European partner or to set up a cooperation with a European partner. The programme focuses on both tangible and intangible heritage.

Advice

DutchCulture offers consultations in English or Dutch to organisations and individuals who want to start a European heritage project. We do so by offering information about national and international financing options and connecting projects and organisations to international partners. Please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule your consultation with one of our advisors. Or see our Mobility Funding Guide (pdf).

Grants

DutchCulture supports Dutch-European heritage cooperation by offering two grant schemes: the Travel Grant Scheme and the Support Grant Scheme.

1. Europe + Heritage Travel Grant Scheme (Reiskostenregeling)
Cooperation starts with establishing contact and getting to know each other. To facilitate this, DutchCulture has created the Travel Grant Scheme. Under this scheme, eighty vouchers worth € 250 are available each year.

Who can apply?

  • The scheme is open to heritage professionals from the Kingdom of the Netherlands (including the Caribbean part) who wish to visit a European partner.
  • The scheme is open to heritage organisations or municipal councils established in the Kingdom of the Netherlands (including the Caribbean part) that wish to invite European heritage professionals to visit the Netherlands. The Dutch partner can apply on behalf of the European heritage professional, organisation or municipality.
  • The scheme is open to staff members of heritage departments of Dutch municipalities.

What countries does the Travel Grant Scheme apply to?
The Travel Grant Scheme applies to all the member states of the European Union, the candidate member states (Albania, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey) and Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

When is the deadline?
Applications must be submitted at least four weeks before departure. There is no deadline: you can apply for vouchers year-round until the budget has been depleted.

For more information in English see Travel Grant Scheme (pdf), in Dutch see Reiskostenregeling (pdf).

2. Europe + Heritage Support Grant Scheme (Ondersteuningsregeling)
The goal of the Support Grant Scheme is to promote the establishment of contacts with the European heritage sector and the exchange of knowledge between the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. The Support Grant Scheme offers grants of € 5.000 maximum.

Who can apply?

  • Heritage professionals and heritage organisations that are based in the Kingdom of the Netherlands (including the Caribbean part).  
  • Heritage departments of Dutch municipalities who wish to strengthen their European network and/or to improve knowledge exchange in the field of heritage between the Netherlands and the rest of Europe.

What countries does the Support Grant Scheme apply to?
The scheme is meant for cooperation with European cities, countries, organisations and individuals on the theme of heritage. ‘Europe’ is understood to mean the member states of the European Union, the candidate member states (Albania, Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey) and Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

When is the deadline?
Applications should be submitted at least six weeks before a project is due to start. Applications to the scheme can be submitted year-round until the budget has been depleted.

For more information in English see Support Grant Scheme (pdf), in Dutch see Ondersteuningsregeling (pdf).

Apply

Applications can be done in Dutch or English.

Contact

For further information or questions please send an email to heritagedesk@dutchculture.nl.  

European Heritage Label

The European Heritage Label is awarded to European heritage sites that are milestones in the creation of today's Europe. In the Netherlands, four sites hold this label and symbolise European ideals, values, history and integration: Peace Palace, Camp Westerbork, Maastricht Treaty and the Colonies of Benevolence. DutchCulture plays a role in the coordination and communication of the label in the Netherlands. Read more about the European Heritage Label and the nomination procedure in Dutch here.