Institutions and organisations supported by the Foundation on a regular basis include: The Dutch Library in the SASNEV building in Pinelands, Cape Town; Zuid-Afrika, the monthly Dutch magazine, the VOC Foundation, the Stichting Nederlandse School and the Dutch component of the Word Fest at the University of Stellenbosch.
Other organisations that have received grants include: the Libertas Choir, the Tracing History Trust, the Dutch component of LitNet and the SA Institute in the Netherlands. The Chair of Afrikaans at the University of Amsterdam is subsidised by the Foundation. The Foundation frequently assists with transport costs when musicians take part in master classes in the Netherlands or when researchers travel to the Netherlands for research projects. The subsistence and traveling costs of a Dutch conductor and Dutch musicians who were part of the programmes of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra have also been paid on several occasions. Support is also granted regularly when Dutch guest speakers are invited to local conferences or when Dutch experts take part in projects in South Africa.
Numerous other organisations have also benefited from the Foundation. Over the years, the Genootschap Nederland-Zuid-Afrika has been helped to facilitate group visits by Dutch students to South Africa, and vice versa. Money was made available to the former South African Library (now the National Library) in Cape Town for the restoration of valuable Dutch books in the library’s Van Dessin collection. When the Nationale Bibliotheek in The Hague donated microfilm cameras for the filming of South African newspapers in the South African Library, the Foundation footed the cost for transporting it to Cape Town. The ZASM Memorial House in Pretoria was restored with partial funding from the Foundation. Regular contributions for the purchase of Dutch books are made to the Nederlands Cultuurhistorisch Instituut at the University of Pretoria and UNISA has been helped with the payment of subscriptions to Dutch magazines for years. In the past, publishing of dozens of exceptional books has also been made possible by the Foundation. Included among these are Dan Sleigh’s Die buiteposte, the Codex Witsinii, published by Iziko Museums, various books by Karel Schoeman and translations of Afrikaans books into Dutch.
This summary is not nearly complete, and only attempts to give an impression of the contributions that the Van Ewijck Foundation has made in recent decades to preserve and advance the cultural ties between the Netherlands and South Africa. The work of the Foundation is a tribute to the memory of Mr and Mrs Van Ewijck who made everything possible due to their visionary insight – and generous bequest.
Applications should be directed to:
Van Ewijck Foundation
PO Box 1658
Cape Town 8000