The Prince Claus Fund and the Gerda Henkel Foundation announce an Open Call for proposals specifically aimed at Emergency Preparedness for Cultural Heritage under Threat. We invite cultural practitioners, institutions and local NGOs to present their ideas for measures to protect tangible cultural heritage against acute danger and irreversible loss. We welcome applications from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

This joint call for applications aims to support the development and implementation of more preparatory measures for heritage buildings, collections, and sites to protect these in case a disaster occurs. They furthermore encourage organizations to enhance their emergency preparedness by implementing lessons learned during previous incidents. The call also aims to step up both their Foundations’ efforts in the field, raise awareness about its importance and illustrate how preventive concepts can safeguard heritage. Cultural practitioners, institutions and local NGOs are encouraged to submit their ideas and plans for the protection of tangible cultural heritage under threat.

  • The project must aim to protect tangible cultural heritage in emergency situations caused by an acute, current or impending disaster. Cases that only involve long term neglect are not eligible.
  • The country where the intervention is to take place must be in Africa, Asia, Latin America, or the Caribbean, and the applying organization 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 preparedness, 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
  • Previous grantees of the Prince Claus Fund and of the Gerda Henkel Foundation can only apply for a new grant when the previously funded project is completely finished and closed before the deadline for submitting the current application.
  • The project could fulfill one or several of the following aims:
    • Damage and risk assessment: setting salvages priorities, digitization, and inventorying.
    • Disaster preparedness and the provision of supplies: storage, packing and evacuation.
    • Improvement of security measures for museums, archives and sites.
    • Management of crisis situations: risk evaluation, disaster management and evacuation plans.
    • Training of professionals for cultural emergency situations.
    • Strengthening of local networks working on heritage protection or advocating for its importance in other disaster response structures (for example with civil protection services, humanitarian actors, etc.).
    • Adoption of best practice methods for cultural emergency response or the exchange of these methods and knowledge.
    • Emergency documentation or excavation of cultural heritage sites under direct threat.


How to Apply

To apply, please send a brief statement of need with supporting materials (if available), to