Do you own a municipal monument in Zoetermeer? If so, you can apply for a subsidy for standard maintenance or research into a different use.

How it works

You can get a subsidy for a municipal monument for 50% of the cost of maintenance, with a maximum of € 5,000 per 2 years. A total budget of € 79,000 is available in 2024. Giving the subsidy is done in order of receipt of the (complete) applications. 

You can apply for grants for:

The cost of maintenance 

This includes:

  • The part of the cost (including VAT) that deals with the maintenance of the monument. This can be maintenance on the facades or roof. This can also be maintenance on parts that determine the monumental value of the monument, such as decorative facade parts, interior parts and sidewalks.
  • The cost of architect and structural engineer or the cost of supervision related to maintenance work (including VAT).
  • The cost of unexpected maintenance work that emerges during scheduled maintenance. The problem must be reported to Team Heritage within two weeks of being noticed.

This does not include:

  • Cost of changes to the monument, including installing insulation, double glazing or new installations.
  • Costs for which grants have been applied for or received in another way.
  • Costs covered by insurance.
  • Costs for maintenance of parts of the municipal monument where subsidies have already been given in the last five years.

Investigation of another use for the building, without a residential function

This includes:

  • Conducting a building archaeological survey (including VAT) for research into a different use. This research must be carried out according to the'Guidelines for building archaeological research' of the Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed.
  • Carrying out a survey of the structural defects (including VAT), according to NEN 2767 and obtaining insight into the costs of the repair work necessary to bring the monument to a good structural condition.

When will the grant be given?

The grant is given if:

  • The environmental permit is granted, if the activities require a permit.
  • The activities for which a grant is sought have not yet been carried out.
  • With the activities the level of monumental value benefits.
  • The maximum grant amount of €5,000 for the monument was not given last year.

What you need

The following information is required with the application:

  • Proof of ownership, leasehold or holder of the right of superficies. This can be through a certified recent extract from the land register.
  • A statement of work (written explanation of what will be performed) or specifications.
  • A budget itemized by activity, hours and materials.
  • Photos of the current situation and the immediate surroundings of the municipal monument.
  • The granted environmental permit with the accompanying drawings and floor plans, if an environmental permit is required.
  • Proof of comprehensive building insurance showing that the cost of repair or rebuilding is adequately covered by the insurance.


Note! To apply for this subsidy you do not have to live in Zoetermeer, but you must be the owner of a municipal monument in Zoetermeer.

Grant application

Culture fund mortgage

Are you bringing a municipal or provincial monument back to its former state (restoration)? Then you may be able to apply for a Culture Fund mortgage. The interest rate on this loan is 4.5% below the market rate, with a minimum of 1.5%. More information about this mortgage can be found on the Restoration Fund website .

National monument grant

You own a national monument in which you are allowed to live

  • Each year you can apply for a grant between March 1 and April 30.
  • This grant is only for the cost of maintaining the monumental parts of the national monument.
  • For more information, visit the National Cultural Heritage Agency website at .
  • You can also apply for a low-interest loan from the Restoration Fund for restoring to its former state. For more information, visit the Restoration Fund website at .

You own a national monument in which you are not allowed to live

  • For major restorations, you can apply for a low-interest loan from the Restoration Fund. For more information, visit the Restoration Fund website at .
  • The province of South Holland has the Subsidy Scheme for the Restoration of State Monuments.
  • The province has a separate subsidy for mills. For more information, visit the website of the province of South Holland.
  • You may be able to take advantage of the Subsidy Scheme for the Preservation of Monuments (SIM). Green and archaeological monuments also fall under this subsidy scheme.
  • This is simple and expedient maintenance over a 6-year period.
  • You must have a plan of action for maintaining the monument.
  • You can apply for this grant each year from Feb. 1 to March 31.
  • For more information, visit the website

Useful links

The Zoetermeer Heritage Ordinance was published at On this site you can view and search all ordinances and regulations that apply to the city of Zoetermeer on various terms.

Contact Grant Office

The Grants Office can be reached Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon by calling the general telephone number 14 079. You can also send an e-mail to