FAQ Cultural Programs

CULTURAL GRANTS

How do I know if my project is eligible for a grant?
Your project:

  1. Must be the work of a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or the Netherlands
  2. Must have a U.S. or Netherlands-based nonprofit organization as sponsor, organizer or affiliation
  3. Must be before or in the formative stage of the project and not have been completed at the time of the grant application
  4. Must be open to the public and reach a wide public audience
  5. Must include copies of contractual agreements if relevant

What types of projects do you fund?
The NAF funds innovative cultural and artistic programs in the Netherlands and the United States that fit within the mission of the Foundation. The NAF has funded music and dance performances, theater, exhibitions, lectures, architectural research, restoration projects, and historical research. To find out more visit Past Grant Recipients to read about recent projects funded by the NAF.

Is it a requirement to be Dutch or are Grants open to other nationalities?
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or the Netherlands and must exemplify cultural exchanges between our two countries.

What types of organizations do you fund?
Grants are awarded not only to established organizations that can leverage their contributions, but also to individual artists and small organizations to which such grants make a difference in a project’s realization. To find out more visit Cultural Grants and Past Grant Recipients to read about recent organizations funded by the NAF.

Do you have a geographical focus?
Yes, the United States and the Netherlands.

How should I submit a formal request for support?
Please visit Cultural Grants: How to Apply for application guidelines and deadlines.

I am planning a trip to the U.S. for a lecture tour and follow-up research on my book. How do I apply for support to cover roundtrip airfare to NYC and local travel, food, and lodging for a two-week trip?
Please visit Cultural Grants: How to Apply for application guidelines and deadlines. If requesting a grant solely to cover travel/lodging expenses, applicants should be aware that the committee rarely funds travel on a project basis.  The Committee prefers to fund pieces of projects that are focused such as educational projects, catalogues, and artist fees that would stand out within the larger budget.

Does the Foundation have a specific format required for a Budget?
There is no specific format required for a project budget. It should be no more than one page and should include an itemized list of proposed expenditures, as well as other potential funding sources and the status of this funding at the time of application submission. The budget should clearly indicate what budget item(s) you would like the NAF to fund.

Do you have application deadlines?
Please visit Cultural Grants: How to Apply for application deadlines.

How does the Committee make its decisions?
In reviewing applications the Committee is guided by the following criteria:

    1. Proposal completeness and feasibility
    2. Artistic/cultural excellence
    3. Relationship to the cultural interests of the Netherlands and the U.S.
    4. Impact in relation to the NAF mission
    5. Confirmation of venues, etc.
    6. Record of professional activity
    7. Project’s significance as it relates to the applicant’s professional development
    8. Evidence of artistic and financial support from other sources for the project

How often can I apply for funding?
There is no limit, but preference will be given to applicants who have not received support from the Foundation in the twelve-month period immediately preceding the date of the current application.  Final reports from previous projects have to be received and reviewed before additional grants are funded.

Do you offer residencies for American artists in the Netherlands or Dutch artists in the United States?
The Foundation does not currently offer residences for American artists in the Netherlands or Dutch artists in the United States, but we do offer Cultural and Educational Grants and three-year interest-free study loans to eligible American and Dutch students. You can find out more by visiting the Cultural Grants and Educational Grants.


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