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Grant Programme for Design

Grant Programme for Design

Budget: € 1.000.000

Creative Industries Fund NL uses the Design Grant Programme to support projects that contribute to promoting the excellent quality, development and professionalization of contemporary Dutch design. This grant programme has five application rounds a year. The annual budget is distributed equally across the rounds.
The Design Grant Programme is intended for designers and makers working in the following fields: fashion, accessories and jewellery; the design of textiles, glass and ceramics; graphic design, typography, visual communication, interactive and information design, animation, illustrations, cartoons and graphic novels; products, furniture and industrial design, interior and spatial design, exhibition design, light design, scenography; social design.

In addition to designers and makers, the programme is also open to other parties, such as commissioning clients and cultural institutions, provided their activities serve Dutch design and designers.

You need to be registered as a company with the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel or its foreign equivalent) when you receive the subsidy.
Applications may be submitted for project grants concerning research, experiment, design, the making of new work and its presentation. Activities and publications aimed at the analysis and reflection on design are also eligible, as are projects aimed at national or international knowledge exchange and projects that stimulate popular interest in the field.

Starting grant
The Grant Programme for Design also has a starting grant that can be applied for (max. €7,500) to study a project’s options. Read more about starting grants here.

Festivals and cultural organizations can turn to the Festivals Grant Programme for the preparation, structuring and implementation of festivals in the field of architecture.

Presentations abroad
The Creative Industries Fund NL has a shortened procedure for presentations at or participation in events abroad. Read more about the vouchers here.
A grant may be awarded to projects that make a sufficient contribution to the objective of this grant programme and focus on at least one of the following policy objectives:

• encouraging experiments and crossovers
• stimulating research, analysis and reflection
• encouraging talent development and artistic quality
• advancing social commitment and public activities
• reinforcing the international position of the design sectors
• promoting the professionalization of design practice and exemplary commissioning

Please refer to the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) Articles 16 - 21 for the description of the evaluation criteria in relation to these policy objectives.

The evaluation of the proposals primarily focuses on the relevance of the issue, the plan of approach, the expertise of the parties involved, substantive and financial support and the consistency between all these elements.
Refer to the Grant Application Guide (PDF) when submitting your application.The guide provides guidance with regard to the grant application and the drawing up of the project plan, budget and communication plan. If your application concerns a publication you may consult the Publications Calculation Form (PDF).

Subsidy Regulations and Design Grant Programme
The Creative Industries Fund NL has Subsidy Regulations that formally apply to the application, evaluation, awarding and final approval of a grant. Supplementary grant programmes have been drawn up with specific objectives and conditions. Read the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the Grant Programme for Design (PDF) attentively before submitting an application.

Online application environment
The application should be submitted using the online application environment. You have to sign up and create an account to do so. Please note: do so in a timely manner, it can take up to 1 working day for the Fund to validate the account and this is only done during the working week.

You can submit your draft application or project plan to the staff member concerned up to a maximum of two weeks before the closing date for application. This can be done by e-mail or telephone. If you have other questions please refer to our FAQ first or contact the Creative Industries Fund NL.
After your application has been submitted, the Fund office checks whether you comply with the formal requirements as listed in the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the Grant Programme for Design (PDF).

An advisory committee will evaluate your request on the basis of the Subsidy Regulations and the Design Grant Programme. In particular, it will assess the extent to which your application is aligned with the criteria listed in Articles 16 - 21 of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the grant programme’s specific objectives (Article 1 of the Grant Programme for Design (PDF)). If the positive decisions in a round of applications exceed the available budget, prioritization can be applied. The committee will issue a recommendation to the Creative Industries Fund NL’s Board. View the composition of the advisory committee for the Design Grant Programme here.

The board will take the recommendation into account in their decision to award the subsidy or not. You will be informed of the decision 10 weeks after the closing date for the grant programme at the latest.

If you do not agree with the Creative Industries Fund NL’s decision you can submit a reviewed application or letter of appeal. More information is provided here.

If you receive a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL you will enter into obligations. Please read important information on your accountability here. Download the accountability form immediately here.
For further information please send an e-mail to:
Eva Roolker (secretary)
Andrea Kristić
Hugo van de Poel

You can also call +31 (0)10 4361600.

If you have questions concerning the online application environment please address them to the secretariat.

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Grant Programme for Design Publication


Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum / Pinakothek der Moderne, 2017

Die Neue Sammlung of Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (Germany) showcases the exhibition ‘Beyond the New’ in November 2017. The exhibition is accompanied by the publication ‘Beyond the New’ written by researcher Louise Schouwenberg. The concept of both the show and the publication has been developed by Hella Jongerius and Louise Schouwenberg, and builds on an on-going theoretical research into the representation of design. Schouwenberg is responsible for the research and publication texts in which she explores the various roles and functions of design in everyday life, and how these can be interpreted in the various contexts in which design is manifest, such as in a museum for example. Using text and image, the book also focuses on objects from the exhibition. Schouwenberg is hoping the book will stimulate research within the design field and contribute to a wide understanding of the necessity and significance of design, particularly in relation to other cultural domains. Irma Boom will design the book and Die Neue Sammlung is responsible for the publication, the launch and distribution, via Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, among others.

Grant Programme for Design AV production


Reynaert Vosveld, 2017

The short animation film Knuppel is an absurdist documentary on the police truncheon as a symbol of hierarchical balance of power. Reynaert Vosveld is seeking to use this short film to develop and bring together his technical and philosophical ideas. He intends Knuppel to provoke social engagement by articulating his social observations in an expressive animation style. In a 2016 report about the introduction of new truncheons for the Dutch police, Reynaert Vosveld noticed that the emphasis was on the physical impact on the body as a means of underlining authority. Following several incidents in a number of western countries in which the media and the population portrayed the police negatively as a result of their excessive use of violence, Vosveld imagined that the reports did not tally with the image that the police themselves would like to promote. He expected that the police would like to promote themselves as upholders of the law and as civilian protector rather than aggressor. The short film is made as an associative visual research into sentiments, statements and other forms of expressions which, in his opinion, are hugely significant for issues relating to the police and their image.

Grant Programme for Design Publication

De beleving van sokken

Aart Taminiau, 2017

Illustrator and animator Aart Taminiau is developing a new graphic novel ‘De beleving van sokken’ (The experience of socks). The story relates the experiences of two employees of a sock company who are both searching for the ultimate experience of their product: socks. The illustrator has placed the two stories side by side, allowing the reader to follow and compare the different perspectives of an identical quest. The story’s overarching theme is the experiential society, where the focus is increasingly on marketing and lifestyle rather than the product. The book is being published by Scratch Books. In realizing this work, Taminiau sought advice from philosophers, historians and other visual creatives.

Grant Programme for Design Publication


H.C. van Reek, 2017

Illustrator Harriët van Reek is working on an experimental picture book as an exercise in challenging both herself and the picture-book discipline to bend unwritten rules. The thrust of the experiment is to discover new ways of spawning image and text, and new ways of storytelling. She is developing the visual and contextual plan in collaboration with visual artist, illustrator and designer Geerten ten Bosch. Sound artist and composer Anne Wellmer is devising a sound landscape with radio play inspired by the book. A podcast is intended to animate the book experience and stimulate imagination and playfulness. The book and the podcast are to be presented at the Villa Augustus in Dordrecht.

Grant Programme for Design Start-up grant


Anne Staal, 2017

Super is the working title of illustrator Anne Staal’s first graphic novel about the ups and downs of the supermarket. Five characters are struggling with life and their paths keep crossing in the supermarket. Gradually the supermarket changes into a visual metaphor for internal stress and overchoice. In addition to a physical book the story is also available online. Together the publication is a mix of illustration, strip cartoon and occasional text in which Anne Staal is aiming to establish links between on and offline storytelling in a form in which they both strengthen and complement the narrative. The book is probably being published by SubQ and is presented during the Haarlem Stripdagen in 2018. Anne Staal intends to use the start-up grant to focus on style research, set up an online presence, research into moving image and formulate the first thirty pages.

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