The NAF strives to enhance awareness and support of cultural exchange in both the United States and the Netherlands. The Foundation supports cultural events and projects in the two countries. In 2013, the NAF:
- Awarded $169,000 for 30 grants to support exhibitions and exchanges in both countries, through its Cultural Committee.
- Awarded $565,000 for two grants to support Dutch institutions through its Friend Fund Committee.
- Conducted over ten self-supporting programs celebrating the ongoing influence of Dutch arts and culture in New York City, organized by its 5 Dutch Days Committee.
CULTURAL GRANTS: HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are encouraged to send a Letter of Intent to the Foundation if the project is at least still 9 months or more away from completion/execution. the Letter of Intent is used to gage the committee’s interest, it is not a grant request. For projects fewer than 6 months away, please submit a full application (see guidelines below). All materials should be submitted by regular mail, NOT by email.
The Letter of Intent Guidelines:
- one page in length
- a brief description of the project,
- date(s) of performance and timeline,
- grant amount requested,
- your contact information, including email address and telephone.
- submit the original and 3 copies
The Cultural Committee will review the letter and provide feedback to applicants by email, so please include your e-mail address in your application. If the Cultural Committee is interested in the project, the applicant will be invited to submit a full grant application.
NAF Cultural Grant Full Application
There is no application form for a NAF Cultural Grant. A completed application should include an original and THREE (3) COPIES (total of 4 sets) of the following:
■ Cover Letter (maximum 2 pages): The first paragraph must contain a summary of the project and the requested grant amount (maximum 250 words). The cover letter should also include a description of the proposed project, timeline, performing dates, and the professional background of the principal participants, as well as total grant funding requested.
■ Letter(s) of Support from partnering organizations and any contracts or agreements between presenters and the artist may be submitted when relevant.
■ Budget (maximum 1 page): Include an itemized list of proposed expenditures. Other committed and pending funding sources must be included, as well as the status of this funding at the time of application submission. The budget should clearly indicate what item(s) will be covered by the grant.
ONE (1) COPY of any Supporting Material, such as photographs, slides, videos or CD-ROMS. The Committee regrets that such material cannot be returned.
Other important information:
Please do not send extraneous materials (i.e., three-ring binders, plastic sleeves, folders, etc.). Keep your wrapping as simple as possible.
Please use one ONE staple or clip per set. Multiple clips and/or staples delay our preparation process.
Please include your email address, daytime telephone number and mailing address at the top of your cover letter in order that you can be easily reached for questions.
As a rule, we do not meet with grant applicants.
The Cultural Committee reviews proposals four times annually.
Date of meeting Deadline to submit application
Mid of March February 1
Mid of June May 1
Mid of September August 1
Mid of December November 1
Applications must be submitted at least SIX (6) MONTHS before the grant is needed to ensure proper consideration. Proposals for projects that are already underway, or have been concluded at the time of the review, are almost never funded. Organizations or individuals who have recently received funding should wait three years before re-applying.
NOTE: Proposals are accepted only by mail.
Please contact the NAF if you have questions or wish to discuss your proposal and required materials:
The Netherland-America Foundation
505 8th Avenue, Suite 12A-05
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 825-1221
Successful grantees agree:
■ To file a Final Project Report within three months of the completion of the grant term.
■ To credit the Netherland-America Foundation as having provided funding for the project in all publications, publicity, programs, and website references. The NAF logo must be used. A suggested credit line is the following: “This project has received funding through a grant from the Netherland-America Foundation.” Copies of such printed material must be included in the Final Project Report.
■ To send a copy of any product (i.e. article, book, exhibition catalogue, CD or video recording) resulting from the project for The Netherland-America Foundation Archive.
FINAL PROJECT GUIDELINES FOR A NAF CULTURAL GRANT
All NAF Cultural Grant awardees are required to submit a Final Project Report within THREE (3) MONTHS of the completion of the grant term. A Final Project Report is required for a one-time award. There are no Report forms, but the guidelines below need to be reviewed. A Project Report should be a maximum of 3 pages (including a 1 page summary of expenditures). Only ONE (1) COMPLETE COPY is required. No new applications for additional grants will be considered if the final report is not submitted.
Grantees must credit The Netherland-America Foundation in all publications, publicity, and programs of the sponsored project. The NAF logo must be used. A suggested credit line is the following: “This project has received funding through a grant from the Netherland-America Foundation.”
Copies of such printed material must be included in the Project Report.
■ Final Project Report for a One-time Award: This Report should offer a cumulative overview of the project. Please provide a concise and clear description of the outcomes of the project, referring back to the original proposal and summarizing what went as planned, as well as the changes and problems encountered. If any publications, papers or presentations resulted from the project, please list them and attach copies. Describe coverage in the media and cite any specific publicity or marketing strategies that were especially helpful. Share any experiences you would like to pass on to future grantees. A summary of expenditures compared to the original grant amount must be included.
Project Reports must be submitted by mail. Faxed or e-mailed Reports will not be accepted.
Project Reports should be mailed to:
The Netherland-America Foundation
505 8th Avenue, Suite 12A-05
New York, New York 10018