The AFK has two schemes for supporting projects and programmes:
• Professional Arts Scheme
• Cultural Participation Scheme
Who can apply?
Professional artists, amateur artists and cultural organisations from all disciplines. The project or programme to be carried out must take place in Amsterdam, either partially or entirely.
The Professional Arts Scheme focuses on creating and presenting artistic and cultural projects and programmes, in all artistic disciplines and all the possible hybrids between those disciplines. Organizers of Arts in Public Spaces and the Development Budget for the development of professional working artists are also covered by this scheme.
The Cultural Participation scheme is intended for projects and programmes which are primarily focused on cultural participation or which promote active participation in the arts and culture. Qualifying projects and programmes focus on the amateur arts and/or talent development, and broaden the support for culture. Activities within schools do not qualify for funding.
Organizers of Arts in Public Spaces
For art in public spaces, the AFK offers the possibility for organizers or commissioners to apply for special funding. Businesses may submit applications for this type of subsidy, although they are excluded from other types of funding. One condition is that the requested amount cannot exceed the contribution that is made available by the applicant, either from the business’s own contribution and/or contribution(s) from third parties. More information on this in The Guide for Organizers of Arts in Public Space (only available in Dutch). Please note: this guide contains recommendations only, and is not meant as a legally binding protocol.
• Substantive artistic quality
• Appropriate commercial quality
• Audience reach, or an ability to reach a varied target group
• Importance to the City of Amsterdam
Submitting an application
Applications for the Professional Arts and Cultural Participation Schemes may be submitted at any time throughout the year. You will receive a reply within 13 weeks.
Project Subsidies Checklist
Would you like to know if you qualify for funding? Or which scheme fits your project or programme of activities best? Click on the Project Subsidies Checklist here.
If you have never received a subsidy from the AFK before, and would like to submit an accelerated application: see if you qualify for a Drop-in Consultation (Spreekuur).
In addition to regular projects subsidies, the AFK also offers development grants for artists, and programme subsidies for organisations. Not-for-profit associations and foundations in the field of the amateur arts can submit an annual application for a Waarderingssubsidies (Basic Subsidies for Amateur Organizations).
Other Forms of Funding
In addition to grants or subsidies from the AFK, there are other ways to finance projects: for example through the crowdfunding platforms (voordekunst and Cinecrowd), through a loan from the "Amsterdam Cultural Loan" amsterdamsecultuurlening.nl or through contributions from other funds.
The Documents you will need can be found here
As of 1 October 2015, there have been some changes made to the schemes mentioned below.
For further information please see Frequently Asked Questions - One-off subsidies