Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands

Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands

Dioraphte supports projects that preserve and manage cultural objects and real estate heritage in the Netherlands, in the broadest sense of the word, including monuments, archaeology, archives and museums.

Grants Policy

We seek projects which have lasting value. Temporary projects, such as exhibitions, symposiums, etc., are not eligible for grants. We prefer projects which could be called vulnerable, i.e. projects that would not be initiated without financial support from third parties and which may not generate mass interest, but are nevertheless sufficiently important to realise.

For real estate projects, we only consider buildings that are not owned by government or local councils. The buildings must have a clear public purpose, such as churches, castles open to the public, and museums.

With regard to cultural objects, Dioraphte does not support the purchase of items for museums.

Publications are only supported in exceptional cases. For example, academic publications, not necessarily aimed at a large audience, whose contents will remain relevant for some time. For example catalogues of collections, or correspondence from artists or writers.

Dioraphte does not support projects of individuals. We do not support applications from or for individual artists to create works.

Important factors are the size of the project’s budget, the financial size of the organisation applying for a grant, and how these two things relate to each other. Dioraphte is interested in sponsoring projects whose budget is medium-sized. For larger projects, Dioraphte’s financial injection will be too insignificant in relation to the total amount needed. Smaller projects are generally of regional rather than national interest.

Dioraphte is actively involved in grant applications in the art sector. We also initiate projects and approach potential grant applicants.

Dioraphte will only award grants to organisations which have a certain degree of professionalism. For instance, museums must be listed with the Dutch Museums Register.

Support is provided through donations, which can be:

  • Unconditional donations, where Dioraphte grants an amount based on a request, according to the conditions provided with the grant.
  • Maximum donations, where Dioraphte determines a maximum contribution based on the budget in the request. The final report determines the actual contribution, which is calculated based on the difference between the planned expenditure in the application budget and the actual expenditure.

Adviser - contact Cultureel Heritage

Antoon Ott - - +31 20 6767637

Guidelines and criteria

The Dioraphte Foundation (the Fund) applies the following guidelines and criteria:

  • The Fund provides financial support to organisations that aim to serve the public in the Netherlands and abroad.
  • The Fund focuses on enabling clearly defined projects. We do not support projects that have been partially or completely realised by the time of the grant application. 
  • We prefer projects that serve a large segment of society.
  • The Fund can support projects with a multi-year term (generally 2 to 4 years), but this support is never permanent. 
  • Our grants may be used to cover operational deficits, wages that are not related to the project at hand, people's livelihoods and costs associated with the day-to-day business of running an organisation.
  • Please ensure that your application comes with clear and well-presented financial data. You must enclose an investment budget (where applicable), an operating budget and a financing scheme.
  • Dioraphte also provides indirect support through co-operation with third parties (including charitable funds).
  • Applications for financial support for the benefit of an individual will not be processed.
  • Dioraphte does not financially support governments, government bodies or organisations that are heavily subsidised by the government (directly or indirectly). 
  • Dioraphte does not support commercial organisations. 
  • Dioraphte does not support activities or projects with of a predominantly political or religious nature.
  • When submitting their applications, applicants must demonstrate that they do not possess the means (or sufficient means) to fund the project themselves. If it transpires at a later date that the applicant at the time of the application possessed capital or funds in their own or in another party's name, or that they had other means or earnings that were not disclosed in writing at the time or afterwards, the Fund may withdraw its offer of a grant and request restitution of any monies already paid.

In all cases, the Dioraphte Foundation's Board decision is final. No appeal is possible. Furthermore, the Board shall not be bound to justify its decision. 

The guidelines outlined above may be subject to revision without prior consultation.

Cultural Heritage Preliminary Application

Terms and Conditions of Grant Awards Preliminary Application

First submit a preliminary application

You must first submit a preliminary application. Use the box 'Brief description of your application' to give concise information about:

  • Your organisation
  • Objectives of your application
  • Expected results
  • Total costs involved
  • Amount requested from Dioraphte

Depending on the planned board meetings, our response can take a few days or a few weeks.

After you receive a positive response to your preliminary application, you can submit a complete application (see below under 'Submit a complete application').

We will not respond to (preliminary) applications submitted by regular e-mail or on paper.

A complete application will only be taken into consideration if one of our advisers has invited you to submit it.

Submit a complete application

If you've been invited by our advisers to submit a complete application, please ensure your application meets the conditions described here.

More Information on Dioraphte

Board Members

Mr. drs. Arnold R.J. Croiset van Uchelen – chair
    - member of the board since 24 February 2016 – chair since 1 January 2017
Bernard E.M.M. Uyttendaele – treasurer since 24 February 2016
Drs. Jacqueline Detiger – member since 24 February 2016
Glenda I. Nühn-Morris – member since 1 January 2017
Dr. Peter B. Mensing – member since 1 January 2017

Director of Operations

Henk J.Th. van Stokkom - - +31 78 635 11 11 


Lentink De Jonge

Finance and financial administration

Jac's den Boer & Vink


Kuipershaven 169, 
PO Box 255, 3300 AG Dordrecht NL
+31 78 635 22 22


Our foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to organisations in the Netherlands and abroad which support good causes, and whose sole or main objective is to organise projects or activities for the benefit of:

- vulnerable groups within society;
- education;
- health care;
- creating employment opportunities;
- promoting and carrying out scientific research;
- Dutch cultural heritage; and/or
- Dutch Performing Arts,
and any other project or activity either related or conducive to the interests outlined above, in the broadest sense of the words.


For more information about the policies of various sections of Dioraphte, see:

Social Initiatives in Africa
Social Initiatives in the Netherlands
Science and Research in the Netherlands
Performing Arts in the Netherlands
Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands

Year in review

As of 2015 we publish a 'Year in review' report in Dutch > jaarbericht.

Financial report 2017

Dioraphte Foundation’s 2016 annual figures (overview) can be read in Dutch here.

2018 Activities

For 2018 Dioraphte Foundation has the intention to spend approximately 14,500,000 euros on projects from partners. An amount of 4.5 million euro will be spend on social initiatives in the five African countries Dioraphte is active in. 3.5 million euro will be spend on social initiatives in The Netherlands, 3 million euro on science & research, 2 million euro on perfoming arts and 1.5 million euro on cultural heritage.

Remuneration policy

The Foundation’s current bylaws describe our policy as follows:
‘The board members do not receive any wages, be it directly or indirectly. The word “wages” does not include reasonable reimbursement of expenses incurred on behalf of the Foundation, nor non-excessive fees. The amount of the fees to be paid to the members is determined by the Board. All reimbursements made to members of the Board will be listed as such in the annual statement of accounts and explained.’

Chamber of Commerce – RSIN

Chamber of Commerce file number 17150595
Legal Person and Joint Venture Reference Number (RSIN) 811835054


Adviser - contact Social Initiatives

Henk J.Th. van Stokkom, - +31 78 635 11 11

Project administration (requests - reports - payment requests)

After you receive an invitation from the advisor of the board to submit a complete application, you can send your complete application to Inge van Stokkom - van Veen -

For ongoing business relating to awards, for example reports and payment requests, you can contact Tom A.W. van Stokkom -

Unsolicited proposals and requests sent to are not appreciated, and you will not receive a response to those.

Visiting address – postal address

Kuipershaven 169,