Culture is a basic need

Based on the principle that culture is a basic need, the Prince Claus Fund’s mission is to actively seek cultural collaborations founded on equality and trust, with partners of excellence, in spaces where resources and opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and research are limited and cultural heritage is threatened.

The Prince Claus Fund is based in Amsterdam and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Postcode Lottery.


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"The decisive factor is the growing realisation that development and progress can be realised only by people themselves, in an environment where there is respect for one's own culture, own language and one’s own lifestyle. Without respect and trust in one’s own culture and traditions progress is difficult to achieve." 


  • The Prince Claus Fund invites students to apply for an internship at the Fund. The whole year there is a need for trainees to various activities:  - 
  • The Prince Claus Fund is looking for a new Communications Trainee. As a Communications trainee, you will work with the Communications Officer...


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  • Conference on Urban Transformation with Prince Claus Fund Network Partners


    Conference on Urban Transformation...

    Together with Network Partner Museo De Antioquia, the Prince Claus Fund has...

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  • 2015 Culture in Defiance Call: Grantees announced


    2015 Culture in Defiance Call:...

    The Prince Claus Fund has selected the grantees for the 2015 Culture in Defiance...

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  • Photo Archive's timely rescue in Cameroon


    Photo Archive's timely rescue...

    In June 2014, the Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response (CER)...

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  • New grantees for the 2015 Arab Documentary Photography Program


    New grantees for the 2015...

    The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, the Prince Claus Fund and Magnum Foundation...

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  • Call for Proposals: The Future is Handmade: Re-designing Crafts


    Call for Proposals: The Future...

    The Prince Claus Fund in collaboration with the GSRD Foundation are delighted...

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