Netherlands Enterprise Agency: Seeking Applications for 2018–2020 Creative Twinning Grant Program

Deadline: 31 August 2018

Is your company or NGO a cultural organisation? Are your cultural activities aimed at contributing to social cohesion in countries bordering on the European Union? If yes, then apply for the 2018–2020 Creative Twinning grant.

Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( is seeking applications for its 2018–2020 Creative Twinning grant, a subsidy scheme which assists in the development of cultural activities in countries bordering the EU. These activities strengthen mutual links, increase trust and improve communication between the Netherlands and the countries involved. Projects aim to contribute to inclusiveness for specific youth groups.

Cultural freedoms in the EU border countries are under severe pressure. This situation compromises the relationship between the European Union and its neighbours, and results in isolation of artists or other creative persons. Taking part in diverse cultural activities is also becoming more and more difficult in these countries, especially when they harbour large numbers of refugees and migrants. An open dialogue on cultural differences is sometimes replaced by cultural confrontation or even intentional cultural destruction. Creative Twinning is a reative Twinning projects contribute to:

  • a more vigorous local cultural sector, which can contribute to social innovation;
  • more participation in cultural events by young people;
  • a safer, more sustainable urban living environment;
  • sustainable preservation of local cultural heritage.

Budget Information

Each project may apply for a grant of € 600,000 to € 1,400,000. 4 to 8 projects will receive a grant under the Creative Twinning scheme.


  • Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 in countries bordering the EU are the target group of these cultural activities that relate to the visual arts, performing arts, film and literature. Projects involving multidisciplinary art forms, cultural heritage and the design sectors (architecture, creative design and new media) are also welcome to apply for a grant.
  • A key component of Creative Twinning projects is collaboration, since the scheme focuses on increasing trust and improving communication between the Netherlands and EU neighbours. As a result, organisation must be engaged in an alliance to be eligible for a Creative Twinning subsidy.
  • Creative Twinning is open for projects in countries bordering the European Union. These countries must meet the following conditions:
    • They are not classified as least developed countries in by OECD-DAC.
    • They are served by an operational Dutch embassy.
    • They are outside the European Economic Area.
    • Lebanon, Mali and the Palestinian territories are excluded as target countries for this programme.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Creative Twinning.


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