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‘Vulnerable’ projects
Our preference is for ‘vulnerable’ projects: projects that would not get off the ground without financial support from third parties; also, projects that do not necessarily generate a large audience, but are nevertheless important to realise.

Listed buildings
In the category of tangible heritage, listed national heritage sites only qualify for support if they are not owned by national government or a local authority. They must also clearly have a public function, like churches, museums and castles which offer continued public access.

We only support publications in exceptional cases. These include publications of a highly scientific nature, the content of which will be of value for years to come. These includes scholarly collection catalogues (not exhibition catalogues) and complete editions of letters by artists or writers.

No allocation
In principle, we do not provide support for:

  • the purchase, restoration, renovation or new construction of immovable or movable property;
  • festivities, participation in and/or organisation of symposiums, conferences, exhibitions and so forth;
  • publication of books, construction of websites or the production of films and so on.
  • Dioraphte prefers to support projects and activities that (aim to) reach large groups of people in our society. We provide our support in the form of donations.

Dioraphte prefers to support projects and activities that (aim to) reach large groups of people in our society. We provide our support in the form of donations.


Your application process with Dioraphte begins with a preliminary application. You can only submit a preliminary application via the link below. Preliminary applications that have been submitted through ‘regular’ email or through the post will not be processed by us. If we invite you to submit a Complete Application, you will receive a PDF file containing the guidelines and terms and conditions.

Click here to submit a pre-application
Click here for guidelines and criteria

Dioraphte applies the following general guidelines and criteria:

– The fund provides financial support to Public Interest Organisations in the Netherlands and abroad (ANBIs recognised by the Dutch tax authorities).

– Your application relates to one of the following work areas: Social Initiatives in the Netherlands, Social Initiatives in Africa, Science and Research, Performing Arts or Cultural Heritage.

– In principle, we provide support through donations. This may be a donation to a project, or it may be organisational funding. We consider two types of award:

– for an unconditional donation, Dioraphte transfers an amount based on a payment request in accordance with the terms conditions of the award; 

– In the case of a maximum donation, the amount that Dioraphte will contribute will be determined on the basis of the budget specified in the application. The final assessment determines the final contribution. This is calculated using the difference between the planned expenditure and the actual expenditure at the time (this can be based on an ‘adjusted’ budget).

– Projects may have a duration of several years.

– The fund has a preference for clearly defined projects. Projects that have already been realised, in whole or in part, during the course of the application process are excluded from support.

– We prefer projects that have widespread public support.

– Projects that run for a few (in general 2 to 4) years can be supported, but the support will not be permanent.

– Operational deficits, non-project related salaries, living expenses, as well as costs related to the day-to-day running of the organisation may also be covered.

– Your application must be clear and transparent (also) in financial terms. You must provide an investment budget (if applicable), an operating budget and a financing plan.

– Dioraphte also provides support through collaboration with other parties, including private foundations.

– We will not consider applications for financial support for individuals.

– Dioraphte does not provide support to governments, government bodies or institutions subsidised directly or indirectly by a government agency.

– Dioraphte does not support any commercial institutions.

– Dioraphte does not support activities or projects with a predominantly political or religious character.

– You will need to demonstrate at the time of application that you do not have sufficient resources of your own to finance the project. If it emerges at a later stage that you had assets or funds at your disposal, either in your name or in the name of a third party, or any other resources or income when you applied, but did not disclose this in writing then or thereafter; we may withdraw the grant and demand repayment of any financial support granted.

– We will not consider Pre-Applications that you submit by regular email or regular mail (on paper). We will also not consider any Pre-Applications which, in our opinion, do not satisfy the general guidelines and criteria. You will not receive a response from us regarding your pre-application.

– We will only process a Complete Application when one of our advisors has invited you to submit it. Complete Applications received unsolicited by regular email or regular mail (‘on paper’) will not be processed.

– To avoid a build-up of Complete Applications, we do not provide any information on Dioraphte’s meeting schedule. You can submit your application at any time. We will then process it. Please allow for a processing time of approximately six months from the pre-application.

– In all cases, the judgment of the Dioraphte board will be binding in granting an application. There is no right of appeal, even if the board does not want to provide reasons for its decision.

– Dioraphte may seek the advice of a third party on all application and project data provided, without prior consultation and subject to confidentiality.

Advisor(s) and contact

Mr. drs. Antoon Ott


Contactpersoon *

* Above email address(es) are for questions, not for (preliminary) applications

Project administration (applications – reports – payment requests)

After you have received a request from an advisor to submit a complete application, please send it to Inge van Stokkom – Van Veen

You should also send reports and payment requests to Submitting preliminary applications and unsolicited complete applications to postbus@dioraphte is not appreciated. You will not receive a response.

Visiting address – courier address

Kuipershaven 169, 3311 AM Dordrecht NL. Only for items which cannot be sent by e-mail, please use this postal address: Postbus 255, 3300 AG Dordrecht NL