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.
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:
The Dioraphte Foundation (the Fund) applies the following guidelines and criteria:
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.
You must first submit a preliminary application. Use the box 'Brief description of your application' to give concise information about:
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 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.
If you've been invited by our advisers to submit a complete application, please ensure your application meets the conditions described here.
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
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;
- 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:
As of 2015 we publish a 'Year in review' report in Dutch > jaarbericht.
Dioraphte Foundation’s 2016 annual figures (overview) can be read in Dutch here.
For 2017 Dioraphte Foundation intends to spend approximately 12 million euros on projects of which around 5.4 million euros will be spent on social initiatives in the five African countries where Dioraphte is active, 1.6 million euros on social initiatives in the Netherlands, 1.2 million on performing arts, 1.2 million on cultural heritage, and 1.2 million on science and research.
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.’
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