The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

The Cultuurfonds was founded in London in 1940 by Prince Bernhard, late grandfather Willem Alexander, the present king, to buy war material for the British and Dutch Governments. It continued after the war as Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds aimed at rebuilding the war torn cultural life in The Netherlands. Headquartered on the Herengracht canal in Amsterdam, the foundation has 12 local branches, one in each of the Dutch provinces. There is also a separate Distribution Committee for projects in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.


The foundation’s mission is to support cultural and nature preservation projects in The Netherlands, The Netherlands Antilles (Curaςao, Bonaire, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, Saba) and Aruba. The Cultuurfonds emphasizes artistic excellence and educational initiatives.


The foundation is privately funded. The foundation has an endowment valued at $96 million.

In addition, the overall foundation’s annual expenditure is financed by new income, the bulk of which is received from two private lotteries. The remainder of the annual expenditure is supported by contributions from individuals, family foundations and corporations via donations, legacies, and Designated Funds, in addition to revenue from the unique annual collection (called 'Anjeractie'). This grassroots effort engages tens of thousands of people each year, as they go out in the streets throughout The Netherlands on appointed days with collection boxes decorated with the distinctive “orange carnation” logo.

Designated Funds

With currently more than 240 Designated Funds, the Cultuurfonds is the initiator and market leader in The Netherlands of these personalized ‘field of interest’ funds.

Grants and Awards

Each year over 3,500 cultural and nature preservation projects are supported. These include town bands, the restoration of historic buildings and ships, dance performances, the preservation of unique cityscapes and landscapes, and scholarships for young artists and scholars to study abroad. One of the latest project we supported is The New Amsterdam Trail, a walking tour of 17th century Dutch New York.

The prestigious Zilveren Anjer (Silver Carnation) Awards annually recognize individuals who have made extraordinary, voluntary contributions to Dutch cultural life and the environment.

Professional management and broad support

The Cultuurfonds has a three-year strategic business plan. The organization is directed by a 16 member board, who employ 33 staff at headquarters. There are over 40,000 volunteers throughout the country.


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Nacht van de Literatuur

Een mix van literatuur, poëzie, muziek en meer - een nieuwkomer in Amersfoort. Bekijk project
Hedendaagse kunst in glas


GlassFever toont de onbegrensde mogelijkheden die glas kan bieden aan creatieve kunstenaars met durf en visie. Meer dan 80 kunstwerken en installaties in glas, Bekijk project
In Fries Museum tot 9 januari 2017

Claudy Jongstra - Ancient Light

De tentoonstelling van Claudy Jongstra: Ancient Light toont het beste werk van Jongstra van de afgelopen jaren, maar onderzoekt ook de nieuwe richting in haar Bekijk project
Tot 13 juni in museum KRANENBURGH

Silence out loud door Joost Zwagerman

Al kun je stilte niet zien, toch hebben veel kunstenaars in de loop der eeuwen geprobeerd die geluidloosheid, rust en vredigheid te verbeelden. Schrijver en Bekijk project

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