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 both be from and living in of one of these countries.
  • The Prince Claus Seed Awards are awarded on a one-time-only basis; successful awardees are not eligible for another Prince Claus Seed Awards;
  • Only individual artists and cultural practitioners are eligible to apply. Collectives, groups and organisations are not eligible for the Prince Claus Seed Awards.
  • We do not accept applications from individuals whose work:
  1. revolves around academic research;
  2. is purely developmental (and not cultural);
  3. is not societally engaged. (we only support cultural practitioners who are dedicated to addressing contextually relevant societal topics or issues through their work).

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):
  1. Participation in residency programmes, festivals, workshops, etc.;
  2. Development of a personal project;
  3. Investment in ongoing work.

Expenses that are NOT Eligible:

  • The Prince Claus Seed Awards will not cover tuition fees for participation in activities that focus on the academic sector or represent traditional approaches to research and education (e.g. school/university programmes, scholarships, or education firmly located within a traditional institution);


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 March 1, 2022 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 your submission has been successfully sent through the Prince Claus Awards Platform.

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 video and audio formats, and should be circa 3 minutes long);If for any reason (such as accessibility or lack of resources) you are not able to provide a pitch in audio or video form, please get in touch with us at [email protected]
  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. An up to date CV
  5. Supporting materials related to your work. This should include, but is not limited to: samples of your artistic/cultural work (videos, images, texts, portfolio), reviews and interviews.

Please note that at this stage we only accept applications in the English language. Supporting materials can be submitted in your language of preference and video pitches can be subtitled to English (Softwares such as Otter, Subly, Jubler and Amara provide free transcript and subtitling tools).


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.


  • 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.
  • As part of the contract, selected applicants can indicate their ideal timeline for implementation/expenditure of the award.


  • Applicants will be informed of the result of their application by August 2022;
  • 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 in October 2022.

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



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Ana Barretto

Coordinator of Programmes