Seed Awards Frequently Asked Questions

  • UNTIL WHEN CAN I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION FOR THE PRINCE CLAUS SEED AWARDS?

You can submit your application online until May 11, 2021 at 23:59h Amsterdam Time. After this time, our online system will automatically close and you will no longer be able to submit your application.

  • THE COUNTRY WHERE I AM FROM IS NOT LISTED ON THE ELIGIBILITY COUNTRY LIST. CAN I STILL APPLY?

No. To be eligible, an individual must come from, be living and working in one of our working countries. Please note that if you are a national of one of our eligible countries but are currently living in a country not listed in our eligible country list you are not eligible to apply. 

We understand that there is a dire need for support in many places in the world. The Prince Claus Seed Awards are financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals, for which the focus is on OECD’s DAC listed countries. The OECD’s DAC stands for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Development Assistance Committee. Due to the provenance of our funding, Prince Claus is limited to grant Seed Awards only in OECD’s DAC listed countries. 

  • WHAT DISCIPLINES DOES THE PRINCE CLAUS FUND SUPPORT?

We hold a very broad view of arts and culture, and support anything from theatre and  contemporary arts to literature, journalism and interdisciplinary practices. 

We do not, however, support academic research, work that is purely developmental or art practices that are not socially engaged. 

  • CAN I SEE WHAT THE APPLICATION FORM LOOKS LIKE BEFORE SUBMITTING ONE?

Yes. You can create an account/log-in into our Prince Claus Awards Platform and see all of the steps of the application form before filling it out and submitting your application. Once you begin filling out the form, you can save it at any point and return to complete it later. 

  • WHAT IS A GOOD PITCH? WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY PITCH?

A pitch is a presentation where you introduce yourself, your work and most importantly, answers to the question ‘what drives you as an artist/author/cultural practitioner?’. You are welcome to present your pitch in the media and format that you are most comfortable with (video, audio, text, etc.). Be creative!

  • WHAT IS A REFERENCE LETTER AND WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN ONE?

A reference letter is a short letter which is written by a person or on behalf of an organisation that knows your work and/or has worked with you in the past, and can recommend your work. The letter should explain how the referee knows your work and why they recommend you for the Prince Claus Seed Award. The reference letter should be signed and contain the contact details of the person referring you. 

  • WHAT ARE SUPPORTING MATERIALS?

Supporting materials refer to any information about you and/or your work that have not been shared within the application form but are still important to be considered during the assessment phase. These could include, but are not limited to: samples of your previous or current work (images, videos, texts, etc.), a portfolio, reviews, interviews, extra references, your CV, or any links to social media or youtube that you would like to share. 

  • WILL I RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION AFTER SUBMITTING MY APPLICATION?

Yes. You will receive an email confirmation within 10 minutes after you submit your application. If you have not received one, please make sure that the application is completed and that it was submitted. On the Prince Claus Awards Platform you can check the status of your application under ‘my submissions’. A completed application should read ‘submitted’ rather than ‘in progress’. 

  • WHEN WILL I HEAR ABOUT THE FINAL DECISION ON MY APPLICATION?

You will receive an email with the final decision on your application within 12 weeks after the deadline of the open call for the Prince Claus Seed Awards.

  • AM I ELIBIGLE TO APPLY AGAIN NEXT YEAR IF MY APPLICATION WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL THIS TIME?

Yes. You are always welcome to apply again next year if your application has not been successful this time.

  • AM I ELIBIGLE TO APPLY AGAIN IF I HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED A PRINCE CLAUS SEED AWARD?

No. The Prince Claus Seed Awards is awarded on a one-time basis; successful award recipients are not eligible to apply again to the Prince Claus Awards. You are, however, encouraged to apply for the Prince Claus Fund Mentorship Awards.

  • CAN I RECEIVE INDIVIDUAL FEEDBACK ON MY APPLICATION?

Due to the number of applications received we are not able to provide personalized feedback to all applicants. The Prince Claus Fund will provide all non-successful applicants with a general report on the common mistakes we received in overall applications and will share the major points for improving applications in the future.

Is your question not answered here? Please e-mail us at [email protected]

See our information session, where we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions and doubts regarding the Prince Claus Seed Awards.