Matching Fund

Matching Fund

Dutch organisations are eligible to apply at the Matching Fund.


The Matching Fund is meant for projects that contribute to the visibility of the history and heritage that connects the Netherlands with the partner and focus countries that are included in the Dutch International Cultural Policy. Because visibility is the central goal of the scheme, we expect applications to place a strong emphasis on reciprocal representation, multiperspectivity and historical awareness. 

The scheme used to be called the Shared Cultural Heritage Matching Fund, but is currently in the process of being updated. For more information (in Dutch), please see this document.

Who can apply?

Legal entities established in the Netherlands can submit an application for a project. This may be a heritage institution or heritage professional and / or a cultural institution or cultural professional. € 180,000 is available annually for this scheme. 75% of the available budget is reserved for projects with the partner countries and a maximum of 25% of the annual budget is available for projects with the focus countries.

Partner countries: Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, United States

Focus countries: Belgium, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom.

If you think you are eligible for the Matching Funds, it is highly recommended that you contact the responsible staff member at DutchCulture before you send in your application. An independent programme council will advise on the allocation of the funds available. 

The first deadline of the Matching Fund in 2021 is 17 January. The second deadline is 10 October 2021.