Stichting Monumentenfonds Aruba

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There are three organizations in Aruba that deal with everything that involves restoration, protection, maintenance and awareness of Aruban monuments:

  • Monuments Council
  • Monuments Office
  • Stichting Monumentenfonds Aruba

In December 1994 the government decided to establish the Monuments Council. Shortly thereafter on January 1, 1996 the Monument Office Aruba was established and on June 17, 1996, the Stichting Monumentenfonds Aruba (Monuments Foundation).

The three bodies, Monument Council, Bureau and Foundation are horizontal in the chart next to each other and all three fall under the Minister of Culture.

The main objective of the Monuments Foundation (SMFA) is to preserve Aruban Monuments.

SMFA achieves its goal by:

  • Buying or acquiring, restoring, renting and maintaining monuments
  • Encouraging awareness of monuments through photo contests, media, exhibitions, education, etc.
  • Giving advice to monuments owners

SMFA receives no subsidy from the government. For each new project SMFA must enter into a mortgage or make use of donations.

Each new project must meet certain conditions before it can start:

  • Financing
  • Protection
  • Property
  • Rental agreement

A lease must be signed for each project. The rental income should cover the following costs:

  • Financing
  • Maintenance
  • Insurance
  • Tax and leasehold
  • Overhead