We are the Prince Claus Fund

The Prince Claus Fund was established on 6 September 1996 as a tribute to HRH Prince Claus's dedication to culture and his belief in its role in the development of all societies.

Our mission is to support, honour and connect artists and cultural practitioners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe, especially where cultural expression is under pressure.

Our vision is of a world where cultural expression is free and valued.

Since its founding, the Fund has created opportunities for connection and exchange, stimulated cultural expression and preserved cultural heritage in a variety of ways. We support artists and cultural practitioners through a sequence of three different Awards designed to address the specific needs at a crucial stage of a creative career.

We are supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dutch Postcode Lottery, and private individuals and institutions. We also collaborate with like-minded organisations on joint calls for Mentorship Awards.

Read more about our most recent work in our latest Annual Report!

Development and progress can be realised only by people themselves, in an environment where there is respect for one's own culture

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HRH Prince Claus

ANBI status and CBF Seal of Approval

The Prince Claus Fund is accredited with ANBI status and a CBF seal of approval. The Central Bureau on Fundraising (CBF) is an independent foundation that promotes trustworthy fundraising and expenditure by reviewing fundraising organisations and giving information and advice to government institutions and the public. 

What is the CBF seal of approval? This seal of approval is a recognition of charities by CBF, the Dutch Charities Regulator. Organisations recognized by the CBF have shown that they comply with strict quality requirements. Of course, the requirements of larger organisations differ from those of smaller organisations. Approximately 80 percent of private monetary donations are currently under the supervision of the CBF. You can safely give to a CBF-approved charity because you can assume that the organisation contributes to a better world, treats every euro with care, is accountable, and is subject to independent evaluation. The CBF passport presents the most important information about a recognized charity in a clear and neutral way: Transparency at a glance. The passport contains both qualitative information on the organisation's objectives and activities as financial indicators. The latter have been verified by the CBF. Through this button you can view our CBF Passport.