Het X-Y Actiefonds:

Lombokstraat 40
1094 AL Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Contact:

+31 (0)20 6279661
info@hetactiefonds.nl

NL 46 TRIO 0338622039

Newsletter:

Criteria for funding applications

General information

Adjusted criteria during the COVID-19 pandemic

In these trying times it is more important than ever that activists and social movements are able to continue their work. Given the dramatic impact the COVID-19 pandemic has on public and political life, traditional forms and tactics of direct action and protest are suspended indefinitely throughout the world. Het Actiefonds is nevertheless determined to continue supporting activism. During this crisis our focus will therefore shift to enabling the continuation of activism in these extreme circumstances. We are – for the duration of the crisis – especially open to proposals for digital and online campaigning, information campaigns, protest against government mismanagement of the crisis, and anything that helps activists and social movements to resume their work in full after the crisis is over. We will maintain our usual funding criteria but will apply them flexibly. This means, concretely, that we are open to COVID-19 related projects even when they do not meet our most fundamental policy of being a direct action in the strict sense. Moreover, we will allow the use of non-earmarked grants, meaning more flexibility and freedom for applicants to spend funds in a way that suits their situation best.

General criteria for applications to Het X-Y Actiefonds

  • Het X-Y Actiefonds only supports groups, organizations or social movements that fight for a honest, just and ecologically sound society.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds only supports projects that aim to mobilize and inspire individuals and groups.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds only supports projects that go beyond specific individual or ethnic interests.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds prefers to support demonstrations, blockades, occupations, direct actions, revolts, revolutions and other creative forms of confrontational action.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds prefers to support grassroots organizations.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds prefers to support politically controversial projects that have difficulty finding financial aid elsewhere.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds prefers to support projects that lead to political actions.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds prefers to fund projects that are part of a long term strategy.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds supports projects with a maximum of 3,000 thousand euro.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds only supports projects with a total budget of less than 20,000 euros.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds doesn’t fund structural costs like wages or rental costs.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds doesn’t support conferences, seminars, debates or other meetings unless they clearly aim to prepare for political actions.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds doesn’t finance juridical procedures unless these are part of a broader activist campaign.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds doesn’t support political parties.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds doesn’t support groups that try to exclude other progressive movements.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds doesn’t fund projects specifically aiming at disabled people or children.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds doesn’t fund humanitarian aid or healthcare.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds doesn’t fund emergency aid.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds doesn’t support cultural or educational projects that only aim at raising awareness.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds doesn’t fund micro-credit programs or income generating projects.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds doesn’t support projects through third parties. We want to cooperate directly with the groups we support, without an additional bureaucratic layer in between.

Earlier support for an action or campaign doesn’t imply future support – each proposal will be judged separately and on its own merits.

All proposals to Het X-Y Actiefonds should comply with the general criteria above and with the following additional regional criteria.

Criteria for Africa

  • Het X-Y Actiefonds only supports groups that can supply at least two references from other organizations or individuals

Criteria for Asia

  • Het X-Y Actiefonds only supports groups that can supply at least two references from other organizations or individuals.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds funds projects with a maximum of 2000 euro.

Criteria for Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East

  • Het X-Y Actiefonds only supports groups with a broad appeal.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds doesn’t finance costs of travel or stay.

Criteria for Latin America

  • Het X-Y Actiefonds prefers to support young and developing groups and organizations

Criteria for Western Europa, North America and Australia

  • Het X-Y Actiefonds prefers to support projects that can receive broader media attention.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds doesn’t finance costs of travel or stay.
  • Het X-Y Actiefonds funds projects with a maximum of 2000 euros and on average with 800 euros.

Please consider:
• Het X-Y Actiefonds is largely made up of volunteers, supported by a small staff. Around 50 knowledgeable volunteers judge incoming proposals.
• Keep in mind decisions will take at least 8 weeks. It is no use to phone the office since decisions depend on meetings that have already been planned.
• Decisions are final and can not be appealed.

• You can always contact the relevant project coordinator if you are doubting whether a project meets our criteria.
•  If you happen to visit the Netherlands, and you’d like to  come and see us, you are very much welcome. Please make an appointment to visit our office well in advance and note that we are not able to finance your visit to the Netherlands.
• Het X-Y Actiefonds prefers to support projects that can receive broader media attention.

• Het X-Y Actiefonds doesn’t finance costs of travel or stay.

• Het X-Y Actiefonds funds projects with a maximum of 2000 euros and on average with 800 euros.