The Prince Claus Fund Open Call - First Aid to Documentary Heritage under Threat

The Prince Claus Fund Open Call - First Aid to Documentary Heritage under Threat


The Prince Claus Fund, through its Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme and the Whiting Foundation are accepting proposals for projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean to safeguard documentary heritage that is acutely threatened by recent conflict or other disaster, whether natural or man-made.

The second round will continue to facilitate the vital work of restoring physical objects and making the information they carry accessible to a wider public for generations to come. In doing so, they hope to contribute to the appreciation of cultural achievement and historical diversity and foster the worldwide dissemination of forgotten or endangered stories.

Funding Information

  • Grants will average about €15,000.
  • Grant funds can only cover project-related expenses, not running (operating) costs for organisations.
  • No support will be provided retroactively (i.e., to projects already implemented).

    Eligibility Criteria

  • The project must aim to safeguard documentary heritage (i.e., cultural heritage designed to carry information in writing, such as manuscripts, books, archives, tablets, and carvings or inscriptions).
  • The project must respond to an emergency situation, which is to an acute current or impending, disaster, for example by evacuation, restoration and digitalization.
  • Cases only of long term neglect are not eligible.
  • The country where the intervention is to take place must be in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and the applying organisation or individual must live and work in one of these regions.
  • The heritage involved must be significant for a specific community, whether local, regional, national, or global.
  • Local communities and/or local authorities must be involved in the emergency response, and the legal owner must support the proposed measures.
  • The intervention must be able to be carried out within a time frame of twelve months, corresponding to the emergency character of the collaboration.
  • No direct or indirect support will be provided to individuals or organisations currently subject to US sanctions.
  • Applicants must send a brief statement of need, with supporting materials via email at the address
    given on the website.

    Eligible Countries

    Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

    Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.

    Latin America and the Caribbean: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Uruguay, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

  • For more information and call for application details, see; application details, see; The Prince Claus Fund Open Call - First Aid to Documentary Heritage under Threat

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