Support for Ukrainian artists in the Netherlands

The Dutch government has announced that it will allocate 1 million euros to support artists who were forced to flee their country after the Russian attack on Ukraine and are living in the Netherlands, to enable them to continue their work here. This programme is financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, each allocating € 500,000. The Dutch Foundation for Literature is coordinating this support programme on behalf of the six national cultural foundations.

For whom   For what   Deadlines
    15 November 2022 or as soon as the budget has been allocated

Update October 21, 2022: The total budget of the support programme has been reserved, therefore the application form is closed. Organisations that have already made an application(s) will receive a decision within four to six weeks after the date of application(s).

This page contains a short English summary of the support programme for artists who were forced to flee their country after the Russian attack on Ukraine and are living in the Netherlands. For the full text and the application form please go to the Dutch page.

Who can apply?

Applications must be made by a Dutch legal entity, i.e. a cultural organisation or institution. The legal entity must apply for the grant on behalf of and with consent of the artist.

A legal entity can be a vereniging (association), stichting (foundation), NV (public limited company) or BV (private limited company). Public legal entities, such as universities or municipalities, can also submit applications.

The legal entity can apply for a grant for individual artists (a maximum of three per organisation), in which case a separate application must be made for each of them. The other option is to apply for a grant for a group of artists (perhaps a collective, band or ensemble, or a group such as a dance or theatre company) who work together on projects and plans (for example an exhibition, tour or performance), in which case the application must demonstrate that there is an ongoing collaboration between the members of the group. For groups there is a maximum of 15 artists.

The grant is intended for artists and creatives in all disciplines: film, performing arts, literature, visual arts, cultural heritage, art education, and other creative industries.

Furthermore, the artists should have at least three years of professional work experience in their discipline.

For whom is the grant intended?

Those eligible are artists with a Ukrainian passport who were living in Ukraine on 24 February 2022 and are now living in the Netherlands or who will travel to the Netherlands for their project.

The support programme can also provide support to independent or dissident artists with a Russian passport who were living in Russia on 24 February 2022 and are now living in the Netherlands. Russian refugees may have to go through the general immigration or asylum process in the Netherlands; this can include a screening of their background.

The programme’s resources are not meant to provide long term support for the working practice of these refugee artists.

Can I, as an artist or a collective, apply for the grant myself?

No, the application must be by a Dutch legal entity, i.e. a cultural organisation or institution. (See above for examples.) We need the Dutch organisation to function as intermediary for this support programme to guarantee a more easily enforceable grant scheme. Unfortunately, applications made by artists directly cannot be considered.

As an artist you will therefore need to enter into collaboration with a Dutch cultural organisation or other legal entity. If you are in contact with Dutch partners who might be willing to apply on your behalf, please send them the information on this page (here in Dutch).

If you are not in contact with potential partners, please contact us via [email protected]. We cannot guarantee to be able to connect you with a Dutch organisation, but we are willing to help you explore the possibilities.

Which costs are eligible?

This financial support can serve as a contribution towards the costs of, for example, a project, tour or a residency in collaboration with a Dutch cultural organisation. Artists can also use the grant to finance a residence or studio space, for example, or purchase aids such as equipment, tools or materials, so that they can temporarily continue their work in the Netherlands and, when possible, start to rebuild cultural life in Ukraine.

The foundations encourage collaboration between Dutch organisations and artists, so that a lasting network and intercultural exchange can be established and strengthened.

How much is available?

The maximum grant per artist is € 9,000. The grant must be for the benefit of the artist. In its application, the organisation can add a small percentage of implementation costs, a maximum of 10 per cent of the grant (so if the application is for a maximum grant of € 9,000, the extra implementation costs can be € 900 maximum). The costs and expenses need to be justified in the budget that is submitted with the application.

Application process

Applications must be made online, using the application form on the Dutch page. Applications can be submitted only in Dutch or English.

The decision will follow within four weeks of receipt of a complete application, consisting of a fully filled application form, a project description (max. 500 words), a cv/biography of the artist (max. 500 words per artist) and a budget.

If the application is incomplete, the applicant will be informed. The applicant will then be given two weeks to provide the missing documentation. Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Closing date

The closing date of the support programme is 15 November 2022 or when the total sum available, € 945,000, has been allocated. Please be aware that this may be the case before November 2022.

Assessment of applications

Applications will be assessed by the Foundation for Literature according to the formal requirements, for example whether the applicant is indeed a legal entity and whether the application is complete. After that, applications will be assessed by at least one external advisor per application. These advisors are specialists in the artistic discipline in which the artist works. The application will be assessed according to criteria such as the professionalism of the artist and the applicant, and whether the budget and project plan are reasonable, realistic, useful and compliant with the requirements of the support programme. Applications will be refused if the legal entity/organisation or the project act in contravention with the law, the general interest or issues of public order.

The support programme and immigration

The Dutch Foundation for Literature is not able to offer assistance with the artists’ travel to the Netherlands and/or application for a residence permit.

The support programme is separate from the Dutch immigration procedure and does not influence or advance the artist’s immigration or entry process. The institution (that is: the legal entity) that applies for the grant is expected to help the artist deal with these issues, and to estimate how realistic the implementation of the plan is. Please be aware that the immigration process for refugees from Russia differs from the posibilities for Ukrainian refugees. More information can be obtained via the website of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND).

Or go to the Info point on the Dutch Culture website for more information about the collaboration between Dutch cultural organisations and Ukrainian or Russian artists and for other useful links.

Why are Russian artists included?

Independent artists have fled Russia because of oppression by the Russian regime. These dissident artists can also be supported through the programme. See the letter to parliament for the standpoint of the Dutch government regarding cultural collaboration with Russia, in which they have expressed solidarity with independent, dissident Russian individuals who have fled from Russia in the aftermath of 24 February 2022. The Dutch government views the situation of dissident Russians who have fled Russia as different from the Russian regime and Russians who stand behind this regime.

The Dutch legal entity applying on behalf of a dissident artist is expected to provide sufficient information or evidence that this is the case (for instance via interviews or other public statements). Since the Dutch cultural organisation, institution etc maintains intensive contact with the artist(s) involved in the plan, this responsibility lies with the applying legal entity. If needed, the applicant can be asked to provide additional evidence on the artist’s stance. Without this, the application will not be complete.

Please note

The applicant (legal entity in the Netherlands) is expected to use the grant to benefit the artist(s). The board of the Dutch Foundation for Literature reserves the right to monitor whether the budget and plan are actually being followed and whether the correct amount has been transferred to the artist (if this has been stated in the budget).

Grants announcements

The Dutch Foundation for Literature publishes all awarded grants on its website, Dutch newsletter and in the annual report.

Any questions?

If you still have questions, please contact us by e-mail at [email protected].
You may also contact us if you feel your project is fully congruent with the intentions of this support programme but does not meet all conditions or requirements. We are willing to help find a solution, yet cannot guarantee that it will always possible to do so.

Eva Prakken


Eva Prakken

Programme officer

[email protected]