Project Subsidies for the Professional Arts

► PLEASE NOTE: The following information concerns the new Project Subsidies for the Professional Arts Scheme that entered into effect on 1 July 2021. You can find the content of and the explanatory notes to the 2017-2020 scheme in ‘archive’.


For whom is this subsidy intended?
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What type of project is this subsidy intended for?
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What amount may I apply for?
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How and when may I apply?
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For whom is this subsidy intended?

This scheme is for individual makers and cultural organisations in all art disciplines; for both young, upcoming talent and organisations with a longer track record. The scheme helps them to make and display their art and to develop professionally. Your plan must be carried out by one or more professional artists, as there is a different scheme for people who make culture in their free time.

Maybe you are not sure whether you are eligible for a subsidy or which scheme is best suited to your plan? Use the Project Subsidies Checklist.

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What type of project is this subsidy intended for?

Within this scheme, you can apply for art projects in all disciplines, for example, in the fields of dance, theatre, music, literature and word art, but also fashion, film, photography and visual arts. You can apply for a subsidy for the creation of an artistic work or for presenting or exhibiting art. The projects must focus on artistic and content-related principles. The end result of the project must be made publicly available or accessible to the people of Amsterdam. A project may consist of several activities, clearly related to each other in terms of content. It is not possible to submit an application for an entire annual programme, but it is possible to request funding for a series or sequence of related activities.

It is also possible to submit an application for a work of visual art in the public space or for a contribution for development, research and experimentation (a stipend). For more information, please see the separate web page on stipends.

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What amount may I apply for?

This scheme has four categories. You can find more information on the criteria for each category in the explanatory notes on the scheme.

  • Projects requesting funding of between €2,500 and €15,000 (for individuals and organisations)
  • Projects requesting funding in excess of €15,000 (for organisations)
  • Visual work of art in the public space requesting funding of between €2,500 and €50,000 (for individuals and organisations).
  • A stipend for a fixed amount of €15,000 (for individuals)

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How and when may I apply?

Applications may be submitted at any time; you will receive notification of our decision within 13 weeks. We look forward to receiving your application! You can submit your application via our digital application form. To do so, click on the My AFK button below. Please remember to read both the scheme and the explanatory notes before submitting your application. This page gives only a brief outline of the options and what is and is not possible. Applications must be based on the documents, which you can download from this page. It may also be useful to consult the application form in 5 steps.

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Which members of staff are involved in this scheme?

Saskia de Leeuw
Theatre & Dance
Suki de Boer
Visual arts & Heritage
Simone Wegman
Visual arts & Heritage
Auke Kranenborg
Visual arts & Heritage
Chloë Neeleman
Literature, Culture Education & Culture Makers
Helena Naeff
Music & Musical theatre

This is the team within this subsidy. For questions about project subsidies, please contact the team leader. Do you have questions about your project application? Please contact one of the staff members. Furthermore, advisers are also involved in this subsidy.