Culture is a basic need

Based on the principle that culture is a basic need, the Prince Claus Fund’s mission is to actively seek cultural collaborations founded on equality and trust, with partners of excellence, in spaces where resources and opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and research are limited and cultural heritage is threatened.

The Prince Claus Fund is based in Amsterdam and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Postcode Lottery.


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"The decisive factor is the growing realisation that development and progress can be realised only by people themselves, in an environment where there is respect for one's own culture, own language and one’s own lifestyle. Without respect and trust in one’s own culture and traditions progress is difficult to achieve." 


  • About the Prince Claus Fund Based on the principle that culture is a basic need, the Prince Claus Fund’s mission is to...
  • Starting: per direct Term: 4 - 6 months The Prince Claus Fund supports social change through culture....
  • The Prince Claus Fund Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Team is looking for students who would like to start a traineeship at the Prince...


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  • Thank you to the Postcode Lottery!


    Thank you to the Postcode...

    We’re thrilled that the Prince Claus Fund is supported by the Postcode...

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  • Francis Kéré receives Prince Claus Award in Burkina Faso


    Francis Kéré receives Prince...

    Congratulations Francis! On 11 February 2018, architect Diébédo...

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  • Closed Call: Network Partnership Grant


    Closed Call: Network Partnership...

    The Prince Claus Fund is no longer accepting applications for the Network Partnership...

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  • Apply Now: First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis course


    Apply Now: First Aid to Cultural...

    The Prince Claus Fund's Cultural Emergency Response (CER) Programme, The International...

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  • Programme ‘The Next Generation’ of the Prince Claus Fund


    Programme ‘The Next Generation’...

    'The Next Generation’ programme of the Prince Claus Fundis a 3-year...

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