Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Dioraphte’s Performing Arts section supports organisations engaged in music, theatre, film, dance, literature and visual arts. It does so by supporting festivals, for example, since this helps us support the industry and reach a large audience. Apart from that, we mainly support organisations whose activities are aimed at developing talent.

In addition, we support high-quality projects and projects we consider important – projects which might not have enough funding to get off the ground or succeed otherwise. For instance, Dioraphte enabled the digitisation of composer Peter Schat’s complete works, preserving them for future generations and giving others a chance to study Schat’s work and be inspired by it in future. Furthermore, Dioraphte helped transfer filmmaker Johan van der Keuken’s complete works to DVD for the same reasons.

Adviser - contact Performing Arts

Michaela van Wassenaer - - +31 634709932

Grants Policy

Generally, we support projects through monetary donations. 

Dioraphte’s Performing Arts section prefers to focus on projects and activities which are, or could become, of great importance to a large number of people from many social strata. Projects supported by Dioraphte may run for several years. 

Regarding location, the Dioraphte Foundation’s Performing Arts section focuses on projects and activities undertaken in the Netherlands, with an international reach if possible.

Guidelines and criteria

The Dioraphte Foundation (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Fund’) essentially applies the following general guidelines and criteria:

  • The Fund provides financial support to organisations whose aim is to serve the public in the Netherlands and abroad.
  • The Fund’s support is mainly designed to enable, where possible, clearly defined projects. Generally speaking, 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 sometimes supports 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.
  • Since you are essentially asking the Fund for a financial contribution, please ensure that your application comes with clear and well-presented financial data. We recommend that you enclose (where applicable) an investment budget, an operating budget and a financing scheme.
  • Financial support for projects to be undertaken outside the Netherlands is often but not exclusively provided to applicants who have a representative or office in the Netherlands.  
  • We also indirectly support organisations through co-operation with various third parties (including other charitable funds).
  • We do not consider applications for financial support to be provided to a single individual.
  • We do not financially support governments, government bodies or organisations that are heavily subsidised by the government. Nor do we support commercial organisations. 
  • We do not financially support any activities or projects with very explicit or strong political or religious overtones.
  • When submitting their applications, applicants are required to 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 possesses or used to possess capital or funds in their own or in another party’s name, or that they possess or used to possess other means or earnings that were not disclosed in writing at the time of the application or afterwards, the Fund may withdraw its offer of a grant and request restitution of any monies already paid.

In any and all cases, the Dioraphte Foundation’s Board decision – be it favourable or unfavourable – shall be final. Furthermore, the Board shall not be bound to justify its decision. There is no appeal possible.

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

Performing Arts Preliminary Application

Terms and Conditions of Grant Awards Preliminary Application

First submit a Preliminary Application

Please complete a preliminary application first, then wait for us to respond.

Use the box 'Brief description of the project for which you are applying for a grant' 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 to a few weeks.

Once you have received a favourable response, please submit a complete application by email (see below under How to 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 in to consideration after a favourable response by our advisor based on your preliminary application. 

How to submit a Complete Application

The application should be accompanied by a cover letter (PDF) that contains;

  1. a short description of your organisation and the total annual budget (income/expenditures),
  2. a brief description of the application,
  3. a brief description of the expected results,
  4. the total amount needed for the activity/project and the amount requested from Dioraphte.

Please combine all your materials into one single PDF file, whose name contains the name of your organisation, the name of your project and the date of dispatch (abbreviated if necessary), and send it to If any additional information is required (see below), please send it to us in a separate PDF file.

Please send items which cannot be sent by email (e.g. books or large-sized materials for publication) to the Foundation’s postal address (see ‘contact & how to get here’) AFTER CONSULTING US.

Once we have received your complete application, you will receive an email within ten days, confirming the receipt of your application. This confirmation email will also contain the date on which your application will be discussed by the Board. If you do not receive such a confirmation email, we may not have received your application. If this happens, you may want to contact us. Additional information required as part of the complete application:

The following information can be forwarded in a separate file or in separate files (preferably in PDF);

  • A copy of a recent Chamber of Commerce certificate, no older than 1 year.
  • Photocopies of your organisation’s articles of association or bylaws.
  • A copy of your organisation’s ANBI (charitable fund) certificate or Inland Revenue Service’s confirmation of your organisation’s charitable fund status, where applicable.
  • Your organisation’s most recent annual & financial report, along with a statement provided by your accountant, drawn up in accordance with the Guideline Governing Fund-Raising Organisations. Alternatively, you may submit an accountant’s audit report or historical financial data compilation, but we would prefer an annual report.
  • A copy of a CBF-issued statement confirming that there are no known objections to your organisation; or a copy of a CBF-issued quality mark (only for organisations which collect money from the public nation-wide).
  • A list or chart of all charitable funds to whom you have applied for financial support for your project, as well as the outcomes of those applications (financing scheme). Please ensure that your list is up to date and dated.
  • Your organisation’s complete annual budget for the current fiscal year.
  • If you are using the services of a fund raiser or fund-raising agency (which you may or may not have hired temporarily), we would like to learn the estimated costs of this fund-raising with regard to your application.

You will receive written notice of the Board’s decision, along with a copy of the terms and conditions of grant awards where applicable, within ten days of the Board’s meeting.

If we require further information, we will put your application on hold, and you will have to discuss your application with with Henk J.Th. van Stokkom, - +31 78 635 11 11. Who is also the person to contact if you wish to receive more information as to why your application was rejected.

General information

By submitting a complete application, you agree to having all the information you submit to us with regard to your application and your organisation placed at the disposal of the Dioraphte Foundation’s Board and advisers. You also agree to our possibly requesting information on your application from parties with whom we know (or have found out) you have previously applied for a grant. Please submit your complete application to us at least 25 working days before a scheduled meeting. If any appendices are missing from your application (without prior notice or explanation), your incomplete application will be put on hold until such time as we have received all the requested items. Please note that we are entitled to reschedule meetings without notice. Also note that we do not return any information submitted to us.

More Information on Our Fund

Board Members

mr. drs. Arnold R.J. Croiset van Uchelen - voorzitter
Bernard E.M.M. Uyttendaele - penningmeester
drs. Jacqueline Detiger
Glenda I. Nühn-Morris
Dr. Peter B. Mensing

Director of Operations

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


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
Performing Arts 
Cultural Heritage

Year in review

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

Financial report 2016

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

2017 Activities

For 2017 Dioraphte Foundation intends to spend approximately 12 million euros on projects from partners. An amount of 5,4 million euro will be spent on social initiatives in the five African countries where Dioraphte is active.

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

Contact & How to Get Here

Performing Arts section contact and adviser

Michaela van Wassenaer, - - +31 634709932

Project accounts manager (applications – reports – requests for payment)

Inge van Stokkom - van Veen -
Tom A.W. van Stokkom - +31 78 635 22 22

Visiting address – postal address

Kuipershaven 169,
Postbus 255, 3300 AG DORDRECHT NL


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