Criteria (closed)

The Democracy and Media Foundation welcomes individual initiators, groups, once only or structural partnerships and/or organisations. Furthermore, it only supports projects and initiatives that:

  • meet a demonstrable need;
  • are embedded in a broader strategy for change;
  • are based on a clear and solid plan, and for which it is likely that (selfdefined) goals will be reached
  • are embedded among the people the project pertains to (if applicable).

Also note:

  • Applicants and/or initiatives that take an activating or mobilising role are preferred;
  • If the applicant is a corporation, the initiative must have a transparent governance structure with clearly separated functions;
  • Initiatives by individuals are welcomed, provided that the applicant has a demonstrable track record in the field in which they are requesting subsidy;
  • Each application should be accompanied by a clear and factual budget with a matching financing plan, including a realistic cost-benefit ratio.
  • The foundation prioritizes projects and organizations with a clear added value within the Netherlands. Within the Netherlands we prefer projects with an international or national outlook, as well as local initiatives that are part of a broader strategy for change. Projects outside of the Netherlands only receive funding in highly exceptional cases.

Grounds for exclusion
Applications that do not qualify for funding include (but are not limited to):

  • initiatives that do not match the objectives, pillars and core values as defined by the Democracy and Media Foundation;
  • initiatives outside the geographical scope of the Democracy and Media Foundation;
  • initiatives with primarily (party) political or religious objectives;
  • government initiatives or initiatives from institutions affiliated with governments;
  • standalone debates, lectures and similar events that are not embedded in a broader strategy;
  • the development or improvement of websites or applications without substantial impact improvement;
  • normal business costs related to a project, such as production costs or other expenses for a publisher when publishing a book;
  • applications aimed exclusively at purchasing materials or inventory;
  • initiatives with purely commercial objectives;
  • initiatives with disproportionately high expenses in comparison to the benefits;
  • initiatives from organizations with sufficient financial resources to cover the project expenses by alternative means;
  • investments in real estate;
  • initiatives concerned with remembrance without a clear link to the present, unless they are directly involved with the history of Het Parool.
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