Embassy, Consulate-General and Consulates, Australia

Dutch-Australian Cultural Heritage Call for proposals 2017

Call for Proposals 2017

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra welcomes project proposals for Dutch-Australian cultural heritage initiatives to be initiated in 2017.

The historical ties that bind the Netherlands and Australia date back to the early 17th century, when Dutch VOC ships were the first to map and chart the Australian continent. Last year saw the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dutch captain Dirk Hartog on the westcoast of Australia in 1616, 10 years after the first documented contact with the indigenous people of Australia by Dutch captain Willem Janszoon with his VOC vessel Duyfken in 1606.

The connection between our countries became stronger over time as Australia welcomed many Dutch migrants, especially in the aftermath of World War II: a war that strengthened the ties between our countries through our military alliance. With the waves of migration after that war, thousands of Dutch men, women and children became part of the Australian society, many of them starting up business and consequently leaving traces of mercantile heritage.

The Dutch Diplomatic missions in Australia commit themselves to the sustainable preservation and promotion of this Dutch-Australian heritage, gathered together as the so-called 4 M’s: Maritime, Migrant, Military and Mercantile heritage. With this call for proposals, the Embassy in Canberra calls for initiatives that support this goal through cooperation between Dutch and Australian organisations, resulting in innovative projects that raise the awareness of our shared tangible and intangible heritage in Australia.

Project criteria

  1. The project promotes the sustainable preservation of Australian-Dutch cultural heritage;
  2. The project focusses on one (or several) of the abovementioned 4 M’s;
  3. The project has a long-term impact;
  4. The project is mainly aimed at a target group in Australia;
  5. The project promotes cooperation between Australian and Dutch counterparts;
  6. The project creates awareness and knowledge about Australian-Dutch cultural heritage mainly among an Australian audience;
  7. A strong communication strategy is part of the project planning;
  8. If applicable: involvement from key stakeholders and the community to ensure the project can continue after Embassy funding ceases.

The following criteria are optional

  1. The project presents opportunities for multilateral cooperation with other countries that have a strong cultural heritage connection with the Netherlands: Indonesia, Japan, India, China, Suriname, South-Africa, Brazil, Russia, Unites states of America;
  2. The project creates opportunities for follow ups to be initiatited by the applicant or third parties;
  3. The project thematically connects Australian-Dutch cultural heritage with contemporary Dutch key sectors, involving Dutch companies in Australia (see http://hollandhubaustralia.com.au/ );
  4. Public-private partnerships and private sector involvement, e.g. through sponsoring or advertising.

Applicant criteria

  1. Grant applications must be submitted by a professional, non-commercial Australian organisation that is not dependent on the financial contribution for its financial survival. Individual professionals may apply as well*;
  2. The applicant works together with a Dutch counterpart. The cooperation is based on equality, reciprocity and respect for ownership;
  3. The applicant uses the application form supplied by the Embassy;
  4. The project starts between 1 March 2017 and 1 December 2017 and will run for a period not exceeding four years;
  5. The contribution will in principle not exceed 60% of the total project budget. The financial value (or a fair estimate) of any in-kind contributions (such as expertise, equipment, office space and PR) may be included. Please note, the Embassy does not sponsor overhead costs;
  6. The requested financial contribution of the Embassy should be between 3.000 and 25.000 AUD.

    *you can download the application form under 'related documents'

Application procedure
Applications have to be submitted by filling out the attached application form.
Please note application forms have to be signed and the original application form sent to the Embassy by post:

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Attn. Ms Femke Withag
120 Empire Circuit
Yarralumla ACT 2600

The Embassy aims to decide on your application within ten weeks after receiving it.

If you have any questions, please contact us on can-pcz@minbuza.nl or call +61 2 6220 9400 and ask for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Public Diplomacy.
Good to know

  • The Embassy can connect you with relevant institutions and experts in the Netherlands to support exchange of knowledge and collaboration.
  • The Embassy can furthermore assist with the promotion of your activity through social media.
  • DutchCulture (based in Amsterdam) supports Dutch heritage organisations in their international activities. Their Matching Fund supports projects initiated by Dutch organisations involved with shared heritage activities in different countries. Their Shared Cultural Heritage Travel compensation scheme offers support to Dutch organisations travelling to one of the ten partners countries: Australia , Brazil, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Surinam, and the United States of America. Through DutchCulture’s International Visitors’ Programme, foreign heritage professionals can become acquainted with the Dutch cultural heritage arena.
  • The Shared Cultural Heritage Fund is part of the International Cultural Policy Framework for 2017-2020, see www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/beleidsnota-s/2016/05/04/beleidskader-internationaal-cultuurbeleid-2017-2020 (in Dutch)