Interdisciplinary projects

Are you looking for information about funding opportunities for your interdisciplinary project? Are you seeking to combine visual arts, film, heritage, performance art, literature, design, and multimedia in an interdisciplinary project or are you planning an art project of important social relevance? If so, you may be eligible for one or more of the six ‘Rijkscultuurfondsen’, or national culture grants.

Anyone about to embark on an interdisciplinary art project and who is looking for the right grant can get more information from Emma Parmentier (contact details at the bottom of the page).

Which national culture grants are availible?

Companies, groups, troupes, organisations, producers, creators, and others may apply to one of the ‘Rijkscultuurfondsen’: the Mondriaan Fund, Cultural Participation FundPerforming Arts Fund NLNetherlands Film FundDutch Foundation For Literature, and Creative Industries Fund NL. These culture funds help stimulate dynamism and renewal in the culture sector and promote a receptive production and presentation climate. The funds support applicants in different ways, through project grants, scholarships, and work-based contributions, for example. Each of the funds is aimed at a different field of art and culture.

What is the definition of ‘interdisciplinary’?

A project is interdisciplinary if it has clear social relevance or if it combines more than one of the following 6 cultural fields:

  • visual arts and heritage
  • creative industry (architecture, design, and digital culture)
  • cultural participation and education
  • film
  • literature
  • performance arts (music, musical theatre, dance, theatre)

For example, the film of a book does not come under the definition of interdisciplinary, because the end-result is expressed within one discipline – that is, film. But a project in which a writer is working with a design collective on an innovative digital idea for literature is regarded as interdisciplinary.

A project is also interdisciplinary if, in addition to having cultural and art aspects, it has a clear social aspect. Possible examples include that of an exhibition whose starting point is the growing influence of technology on our society, or a musical theatre project in which refugees and those opposed to helping them appear together on stage.

Help at the start of the application process

The initial point of contact for interdisciplinary applications looks at the existing grant schemes to see what options are available. They explore the various options before referring the applicant to the appropriate grant or grants. The point of contact is therefore not a separate scheme for interdisciplinary applications in its own right, and the advice it gives offers no guarantees that a grant will be awarded. Its advice does not increase the likelihood of success for an application: it is intended as a source of information. As well as the public-sector culture grants, there are many other funds and initiatives that award grants for cultural and social purposes.

What information should you provide?

To examine whether your project is eligible for one or more grants, we ask that you answer a number of questions. Use the form for gaining advice on interdisciplinary projects (see below). No later than 2 weeks after you have sent the form, we aim to respond with information about the grant opportunities from the various funds.

Questions & contact

Questions about interdisciplinary projects? Contact us!

Emma Parmentier

project officer and contact person for interdisciplinary projects Send a message Or call +31 (0)20 523 15 19

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