Seed Awards Eligibility Criteria & How to Apply

Eligible Candidates

Support is only given to individuals living and working in our eligible countries. Individuals applying for the call must be a citizen of one of these countries.

Eligible Expenses

The Prince Claus Seed Awards will give each Award recipient €5.000 to invest in the development of their artistic practice/career. Activities and expenses directly aimed at the further development of artistic practices could, for example, include (but are not limited to): 

  • Participation in residency programmes, festivals, workshops, etc.;
  • Development of a personal project;
  • Investment in ongoing work.

How to Apply

Contents of the application

Your application should contain:

  1. A completed application form, including personal details of the applicant;
  2. A pitch that answers the question what drives you as an artist/author/cultural practitioner? (This can be submitted in any format: video, text, audio, etc. and should be a max. of 5 minutes or 2 pages);
  3. A reference letter from a person or organisation that knows your work and/or has worked with you in the past. (should be signed and contain the contact details of the referee);
  4. Supporting materials related to your work. This could include, but is not limited to: samples of your artistic/cultural work (videos, images, texts, portfolio, CV), reviews and interviews.

*Please note that at this stage we only accept applications in the English language (feel free to use translation software if needed).

Submitting your Application

Every year the Prince Claus Fund announces on its website the open call for the Prince Claus Seed Awards with the provisions and timeline under which a submission can be made. To apply you need to:

  • Create an account on the Prince Claus Awards Platform and start a new submission for the Prince Claus Seed Awards;
  • Fill in all required fields and attachments. You can save the application and complete it later up until the deadline. If you have any questions along the way, please refer to our FAQ or e-mail us at [email protected]
  • The deadline for applications is May 11, 2021 at 23:59h Amsterdam Time. We know that many people have intermittent access to the internet, or unstable connections. Please keep this in mind when planning your submission. We encourage you not to wait until the last minute with submitting as our online system will close automatically on the deadline and we cannot accept any applications after that point;
  • All applicants will receive an email confirmation once their submission has been successfully sent through the Prince Claus Awards Platform.


Assessment & Decision

  • Cultural experts from a variety of backgrounds and fields of expertise are commissioned by the Prince Claus Fund to assess the applications and advise us on the selection of the 100 Prince Claus Seed Awards recipients;
  • We will be considering the following criteria when assessing your submission:
  1. Originality:  innovative, and artistically interesting ideas;
  2. Transformative: work that engages with pressing social/political issues;
  3. Context-specific: work and ideas that are relevant for the local context;
  4. Inclusion: ideas and work that aim at more inclusive societies, connecting people in ways that resist marginalisation, oppression and division;
  5. Impactful: the Prince Claus Seed Award must benefit the professional development, engagement and impact of the individual’s artistic practice;
  6. Potential to Amplify: Although the individual has received little to no funding/support/recognition so far, the award will likely give a significant boost to their career.
  • Applicants are informed of the final selection within 12 weeks after the open call deadline;
  • Successful applicants will be requested to submit extra materials related to their work for the purpose of the public announcement;
  • Prince Claus Seed Award recipients will be publicly announced on October 25, 2021.


The Prince Claus Fund will draft a contract to be signed by the successful award recipients. The Prince Claus Seed Awards recipient will receive the €5.000 after the contract has been signed. 

If you have any further questions, please refer to our FAQ or e-mail us at [email protected]