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National Archives of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)

New term for Mutual Cultural Heritage Programme

Due to the successful results of the first Mutual Cultural Heritage Programme (2009-2012), the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to keep on joining forces in the field of international cultural cooperation: a new term for the MCH Programme, from 2013 till 2016, was agreed upon.

Policy MCH Programme 2013-2016

The policy for the second MCH Programme is largely based on the previous one, however with some important differences. For example the introduction of three new priority countries: Australia, the United States of America and Japan. Furthermore, activities shouldn’t focus solely on preservation and accessibility (digitization) of heritage, but also on visibility and awareness; cooperation with other (international) heritage programs should be intensified in order to share knowledge and means. Finally, linking heritage with economic diplomacy is also one of the goals imbedded in the policy.

New Partner: DCICC

The Nationaal Archief and the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency remain actors within the Programme, but a new partner will join them: the Dutch Centre for International Cultural Cooperation (DCICC). DCICC will be managing a Matching fund for Dutch (non governmental) institutions that want to start an MCH project. They will also host a database of MCH projects

Applications MCH Funding

For institutions in the priority countries nothing will change; they can still apply for MCH funding at the Dutch embassy in the respective country (Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Suriname, US or South Africa). A format for a project proposal can be found on their websites.