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Cultural Emergency Response

Cultural Emergency Response


Through their Cultural Emergency Response programme (CER), the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development provides quick help to evacuate, stabilise or rescue cultural heritage that is under imminent threat of destruction or that has been damaged by man-made or natural disasters.


  • Support is primarily given to people and organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe
  • Proposals can only be taken into consideration if they refer to a man-made or natural disaster or a conflict situation which caused a cultural emergency situation that requires immediate action.
  • Proposals are only accepted if they refer to either concrete material needs, research missions for identifying cultural emergency relief actions, first aid training for salvaging culture or raising awareness about the damage to culture and heritage in an ongoing crisis.


  • CER exclusively offers financial means to implement “first aid” to cultural heritage and is not able to provide the total solution.
  • CER implements emergency relief actions in direct cooperation with local partners in the affected communities.
  • They also organise the training of heritage rescuers and the development of a network of experts who can facilitate quick response wherever needed.