Contribution rules for Elisabeth Strouven Foundation

The Elisabeth Strouven Foundation provides support for social/community and cultural initiatives and projects in and around Maastricht, as well as for cultural initiatives and projects in the surrounding Meuse-Rhine Euroregion. It also supports initiatives and projects to conserve, protect, and develop nature and the landscape in Maastricht and the municipalities of the South Limburg hills (the ‘Heuvelland’). The Foundation does this by making non-recurring contributions to institutions, organisations, and associations. These contributions are an important incentive towards ensuring that Maastricht and the surrounding area function effectively and remain liveable, sustainable, and culturally rewarding. The Foundation welcomes funding applications from all bodies that are organising a project or initiative, regardless of their political or religious background.

To qualify for a contribution from the Elisabeth Strouven Foundation, an initiative or project must meet the following requirements.

The contribution

The Foundation can provide support for non-recurring initiatives and projects in response to applications from institutions, organisations, and associations. To qualify, an initiative or project must:

  • concern an activity with a specific and valuable social, community, cultural, cultural-historical, or cultural-educational purpose;
  • be intended to conserve, protect, and develop nature and the landscape;
  • take place in Maastricht or in one of the neighbouring municipalities of Eijsden-Margraten, Meerssen, or Valkenburg aan de Geul (social/community projects);
  • take place in Maastricht or in one of the neighbouring municipalities of Eijsden-Margraten, Meerssen or Valkenburg aan de Geul, or in the surrounding Meuse-Rhine Euroregion with a view to preserving and developing local and regional/Euroregional culture (cultural activities);
  • take place in Maastricht and the Heuvelland municipalities (nature conservation, management, and development);
  • contribute to wellbeing, cultural diversity, sustainability, development, and solidarity within local society.

The Foundation can provide a contribution if:

  • there is a specific funding requirement;
  • the applicant demonstrates that the plans and their financial rationale are realistic and feasible;
  • the initiative/project is properly designed and will be properly implemented;
  • the initiative/project is aimed as much as possible at active participation by the local community or specific target groups within it;
  • the result serves a demonstrable public interest;
  • the initiative/project contributes to the Foundation’s pursuit of its objectives;
  • the initiative/project is of excellent quality, and if possible is innovative in nature;
  • the initiative/project has sufficient demonstrable co-funding (as a general rule, the Foundation prefers to act as a co-funder);
  • the applicant complies with all the other requirements set by the Foundation.

The Foundation does not provide any contribution if:

  • the applicant is a for-profit foundation, association, or other organisation;
  • the initiative/project for which the funding application is submitted has already started, or will take place within six weeks of the application being received;
  • the application is not sufficiently specific or clear regarding the intended activities;
  • the application primarily concerns activities aimed at obtaining sponsorship funding;
  • the application is intended to remedy operating deficits;
  • the application concerns initiatives/projects with a distinctly religious or political objective;
  • the applicant is an individual person (unless a group of applicants is concerned who are informally organised as a citizens’ initiative);
  • the applicant fails to meet the normal standards of good governance, supervision, and accountability;
  • the application fails to comply with the provisions of these contribution rules.

The application

The application must be submitted through the Foundation's website, with the applicant filling in the application form available on the website (including the budget model).

If an applicant is liable for VAT (Dutch ‘BTW’), only amounts excluding VAT can be included as costs in the project accountability statement.

The application should preferably be submitted in Dutch but can be submitted in English if necessary. Applications submitted in other languages will not be considered.

Applications may be submitted all year round and will be processed in the order in which they are received. Receipt of the application will be confirmed by e-mail, with an indication being given of how long it will take to process it.

The decision

The applicant will receive the decision within a maximum of twelve weeks of the application being received. Reasons will be given if the application is rejected. The Foundation attaches further conditions to the award of a contribution as set out below and as detailed in the documents Richtlijnen inhoudelijke en financiële verantwoording [Guidelines on Project and Financial Accountability] and Voorwaarden bij toekenning bijdrage [Conditions for Award of a Contribution]. Both these documents are available on the ‘Information Centre’ page of the website.

Contributions of up to EUR 2500 are considered gifts and are basically awarded to the applicant without being subject to any conditions. Such contributions also do not need to be accounted for subsequently by the applicant.

Contributions of up to EUR 5000 will be disbursed to the applicant immediately after being awarded.

In the case of contributions of EUR 5001 or more, an advance payment is possible of up to 80% of the

allocated amount. The applicant can indicate that it wishes to receive an advance payment. Advance payment is only possible if the Voorwaarden bij toekenning bijdrage [Conditions for Award of a Contribution] are signed for agreement and sent to the Foundation together with the finalised project budget (including the coverage plan).

The Foundation must receive an accountability statement (addressing both the project/initiative itself and the financial accounts) not later than three months after completion of the initiative/project. That statement must comply with the guidelines published on the Foundation’s website (‘Information Centre’ page).

Allocation of a contribution may be cancelled if:

  • the initiative/project will not take place or has not taken place in full;

  • the initiative/project has been significantly modified compared to the application;

  • there is a case of fraud, incorrect provision of information, and/or insolvency.

Other rules

The Foundation applies separate rules and organises separate initiatives for certain specific objectives:

  • Elisabeth Strouven Monuments Foundation

  • Pater Denis-Scheme

Private Foundation

The Elisabeth Strouven Foundation is a private foundation. This means that the assets are owned by the Foundation, and that the Foundation may dispose of those assets at its own discretion. Support for an initiative by a foundation such as the Elisabeth Strouven Foundation is always a privilege, not a right. The basic attitude adopted when assessing applications is one of generosity. It goes without saying that the Elisabeth Strouven Foundation is aware of its position and role within society. It endeavours to carry out its tasks with the greatest possible care. Each application is assessed in the light of the Foundation’s criteria and objectives pursuant to its articles of association, and on the potential impact of the project/initiative on society and its basis of support within society.

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