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Slavery monument in Rotterdam Slavery monument in Rotterdam

Dutch Slavery Memorial Year

Throughout the Dutch Slavery Memorial Year - which runs from 1 July 2023 to 1 July 2024 - special attention will be paid a year long to an important, painful and until very recently underexposed part of our shared history. With this context, the Government of the Netherlands is making € 2 million available for activities and initiatives that contribute to commemorating and celebrating the abolition of slavery in the Kingdom.

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Read this scheme in Dutch, Papiamentu or Papiamento here.

Do you have a plan for a project that contributes to commemorating and celebrating the abolition of slavery in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and/or increasing knowledge and awareness of the history of slavery? Are you an individual, professional or culture creator who, in your free time, actively participates in activities in the area of cultural participation or cultural education?

If so, you may be eligible for a contribution from the Fund for Cultural Participation's 'Dutch Slavery Past Memorial Year' scheme. It is possible to apply in Dutch, English, Papiamentu and/or Papiamento. For applicants from the Caribbean part of the Kingdom whose first language is not Dutch or English, it will be possible to write applications in Papiamentu and Papiamento and have them translated into Dutch or English before submitting the application to the Fund.  
 
Within the subsidy scheme of the Fund for Cultural Participation, the focus is on participatory activities where participants are actively involved. This subsidy is for initiatives wherein aspects of history and slavery are brought to the fore, that create educational material, stimulate healing processes or set up (international) cooperation between institutions. 
 
The Mondriaan Fund is launching an Open Call for the Slavery Past Memorial Year. The Mondrian Fund's focus is on receptive activities, such as presentations, exhibitions and performances. Creators and viewers may apply for a financial contribution for the realisation of an activity. 

Who can apply? 

With regard to potentially supported projects, it is a prerequisite that the community(ies) itself is the main applicant. It is important that they have a contribution to the design, organisation and implementation of the project. They must take the lead in execution. The main applicant may cooperate with, for example, cultural organisations, heritage institutions or educational institutions. This may also involve collaboration with an organisation abroad through, for example, online meetings, a report or sharing and applying forms of collaboration between the different organisations.


What can applicants apply for?

One may apply for subsidy for projects that contribute to one or more of the following effects:

  • effect a: reaching new target groups;  
  • effect b: building lasting connections or networks of communities;  
  • effect c: participants develop multiple perspectives on the history of slavery;  
  • effect d: participants use knowledge about slavery as source material to experience culture;  
  • effect e: communities increase their self-reliance;  
  • effect f: promoting the healing process of participants from relevant communities.  

Conditions and restrictions 

Subsidy will be provided only to the extent that the applicant demonstrates that the 
available financial resources, including the subsidy from the Fund, are sufficient 
to execute the project. 
 
Applicants based in the European part of the Netherlands may be reimbursed in terms of total project costs: 

  • category 1 projects: maximum of 100%; 
  • category 2 projects: maximum of 100%; 
  • category 3 projects: up to 90%.  

Applicants based in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom may be reimbursed in terms of total project costs: 

  • category 1 projects: maximum of 100%; 
  • category 2 projects: maximum of 100%; 
  • category 3 projects: maximum of 100%;  

Applicants located in: 

  • the European part of the Netherlands may use up to 10% of the subsidy from the 
    Fund for material investments required for the project. 
  • the Caribbean part of the Kingdom may use 20 % of the subsidy from the 
    Fund for material investments required for the project.
     

Assessment Criteria 

Applications for subsidies are assessed against the following criteria:  

  1. Substantive quality of the project in relation to the purpose of the scheme
  2. Organisational quality

Only those applications that meet both assessment criteria can be considered for funding. 
 
The subsidy ceiling is €1,000,000. 

Do you have any questions?

You can contact one of the colleagues connected to this grant. Call us and ask for Faizel Lynch Francisca Priem  or  Dyonna Benett

+31 (0)30 233 60 30
herdenkingsjaar@cultuurparticipatie.nl