Minister Lourens-Philip reminds deadline approaching for St.Maarten Craftsman to submit request

Deadline September 15

The Honorable Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs Patricia Lourens – Philip is reminding those persons, institutions, and organizations that are involved in keeping the Intangible Cultural Heritage alive with craftsmanship; this week is the final week to submit their application for funding. 

Minister Lourens-Philip urges all persons active in the field of Culture in particular the craft section to take advantage of this program and submit their project(s) in a timely manner.

The Netherlands became signatory to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention in 2012.

The Dutch Participation Fund for the coming year has as its theme "Craft/Ambachten," and has reserved funds for persons, institutions, and organizations that are busy keeping the Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Kingdom of the Netherlands alive.

As such the Dutch Participation Fund is seeking projects that contribute to keeping the Intangible Culture alive, in particular that of craft.

The deadline for submission of projects is September 15, 2013 before 12:00 pm Sint Maarten time or before 17:00 hours Netherlands time.

Should you require further information please contact the Department of Culture at 542-2056 or 543-1172 or you can contact directly the Dutch Participation Fund via

The Minister wishes all persons, institution and organizations the best in this endeavor!

PHOTO CUTLINE: Minister of Education Hon. Patricia Lourens-Philip