creative industries fund nl
Grant Programme for Internationalization

Grant Programme for Internationalization

Closing dates:

18 October 2017

Budget: € 820.000

The Creative Industries Fund NL uses the Grant Programme for Internationalization to support projects that provide a substantive contribution to the development, profiling and reinforcement of the contemporary creative industry’s international position. There are four application rounds a year for this grant programme. The annual budget is equally distributed across the rounds.

The Internationalization grant programme is aligned with the objectives and conditions of the Dutch government's international cultural policy. A number of priority countries are named in this policy, and 75% of the grant programme's budget is available for these countries.
The remaining 25% of the budget is available for all other countries. The advisory process takes account of this prioritization.

The priority countries are Belgium/Flanders, Brazil, China, Germany, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.
Grants are awarded to support designers, makers, producers and commissioning clients in the creative industry. Organizations, curators and mediators may only apply for a grant if their contribution serves the promotion of Dutch designers and makers’ international position.

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.
The Grant Programme for Internationalization is for international projects that concern or where the anticipated result is:

• collaboration between Dutch partners
• collaboration with one or more foreign partners
• alignment with a concrete question or assignment abroad

Starting grant
The Grant Programme for Internationalization 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.

Voucher for 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 contribute sufficiently to the grant programme’s objective and focus on at least one of the following goals:

Reinforcing the international reputation of the contemporary creative industry in the Netherlands
Expanding the creative industry’s field of operations
Creating and maintaining relevant international contacts between designers, makers, producers, commissioning clients and cultural institutions.

The evaluation of the proposals primarily focuses on the project’s objective, structure, the expertise involved, the manner and extent of co-funding and the consistency between all these elements. The project should include a pre-process and post-process that consist, at the very least, of thorough preparation, an evaluation and feedback of the knowledge and experiences acquired to the target groups described in advance.
Refer to the Grant Application Guide (PDF) when submitting your application. The guide provides certainty with regard to the grant application and the drawing up of the project plan, budget and communication plan.

As part of its deliberations on submitted applications, the Fund may request information from Dutch embassies or diplomatic missions in the country in question, concerning, for instance, the relevance of the project and subject for this country, and the partners involved in the project application.

This information is sent to the Fund and is added to the application as preparation for the advisory committee. If required, the applicant may request this information from the Fund. When projects are awarded grants, the Fund notifies the cultural department of the Dutch embassies in the country in question.

Subsidy Regulations and the Grant Programme for Internationalization
The Creative Industries Fund NL has Subsidy Regulations (PDF) 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) as well as the Grant Programme for Internationalization (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 the submission of your application the Fund’s office checks whether you comply with the formal requirements as listed in the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the Grant Programme for Internationalization (PDF).

An advisory committee will evaluate your request on the basis of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the Grant Programme for Internationalization. In particular, it will assess the extent to which your application is aligned with the criteria listed in Article 16 - 21 of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the grant programme’s specific objectives (Article 1 of the Grant Programme for Internationalization (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 Internationalization 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 contact:
Zineb Seghrouchni, (secretary)
Anselm van Sintfiet

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

grants issued Internationalization


Grant Programme for Internationalization Publication

Learning from Ahmedabad, Practising Architecture in Urban India

HP architecten, 2016

Learning from Ahmedabad is HP Architects’ third project, in which the firm collaborates with local partners to explore sustainable and innovative solutions for spatial briefs in Indian cities. After Mumbai and Delhi, it is focusing on the rapidly developing city of Ahmedabad. The issues that are central include: poor mobility, water management and liveability. Designers from the Netherlands and India will focus on these problems by means of workshop programmes and lectures, with CEPT University and Delft University acting as partners. The project also seeks to promote knowledge exchange and experience relating to urbanism. Ten architects and urban designers who work in Ahmedabad or have a relationship with the city have been asked to define the spatial and architectonic qualities of the city from the standpoint of their own expertise. These contributions will be gathered together with the results of the workshop and published in an English-language edition.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Product development

Summer Sessions

V2_, 2016

‘Summer Sessions’ is an international development project of V2_ for talent development. It offers young artists and designers the opportunity to develop new projects abroad supervised by curators, theoreticians and technicians. During the summer months V2_ sends out talent and V2_Lab welcomes a number of foreign makers. At different times and within their own institutions, every partner showcases its progress. This might entail, for instance, a presentation moment of work-in-progress and a prototype. In addition projects are presented jointly at Ars Electronica Festival in Linz. During the festival the applicant is organizing a network moment in order to widen the scope of the network even further. V2_ is applying for a grant for the Dutch artists who are taking up a residency with partner organizations outside the Netherlands. The artists can apply via an open call given out by V2_. This edition’s project partners include PNEK, Norway, Arquivo 237, Portugal, Kitchen Budapest, Hungary and Metamedia, Croatia. In the long term V2_ and partners intend to submit an application to the Creative Europe Programme for the Summer Sessions.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Research

H.O.S.T. (Harboring Organisms, Sharing Tensions)

Sarah Daher, 2016

Biodesigner Sarah Daher and social-design researcher Markus Wernli are launching the project Harboring Organisms, Sharing Tensions (H.0.S.T). H.O.S.T. is a research project exploring the interface of bio and social design. The research focuses on recycling urine into a source of nutrients to grow plants. The organizers intend this research to push out the boundaries between nutrients, poisons, waste, food and the human and non-human domain. During the research, human test subjects will be encouraged and enabled, by means of fermentation techniques, to purify their urine into a source of nutrients to grow plants. The designers’ intention is to break down the taboos surrounding human waste. Part of the research will be carried out during a residency at Utopiana in Switzerland. The Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, among others, is to host a number of test demonstrations with test subjects. The organizers are collaborating with microbiologists from Hong Kong and TU Delft, biologists and other experts in the fields of science and design. H.O.S.T. is to result in a so-called ‘Anthroponics Plant Cultivating Kit’, a DIY package allowing people to purify their urine at home and grow plants, a touring ‘H.O.S.T. Demo Lab’ targeting activation workshops in the Netherlands, and an anthropological film about the project, thus making the knowledge accessible worldwide. Finally the applicant intends to collaborate with Mediamatic and CASCO on events over the results of the research.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Event

BIO 25 - Faraway, So Close

Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), 2016

In collaboration with the Rotterdam-based curator Angela Rui and Slovenian curator Maja Verdjan, the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana (Slovenia) is organizing the 25th Biennial of Design ‘BIO 25’, which takes place in May 2017 in Ljubljana. As with the previous two editions, the focus will be on finding an alternative structure for the traditional biennial format. Taking the theme ‘Faraway, So Close’, 7 duos have been invited to develop 7 interventions for non-urban areas in Slovenia. The duos are made up of an international maker or design firm and a Slovenian professional from outside the design world. Together they will act as the mentors of over 50 participants divided over 7 projects. The teams will be challenged to place local issues in the context of large-scale social issues, such as climate change. In so doing, the curators aim not just to promote a dialogue between different nationalities, but also between disciplines, locations and levels. The organization recognizes the added value of Dutch designers (or designers who have trained in the Netherlands) who with their forward-thinking ideas, openness and innovative vision can be instrumental in generating integral solutions. The 7 selected makers include Formafantasma and Point Supreme, both of which are established in the Netherlands. The organization is working in collaboration with more than 48 makers from 12 European countries, many of whom trained in the Netherlands. In addition to the 7 interventions, there will be more than 50 events and a main exhibition in MAO accompanied by the publication of an exhibition catalogue.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Programme

New Town labs, four design-workshops in new towns

International New Town Institute, 2016

The International New Town Institute (INTI) is launching the programme ‘New Towns, why we need to rethink the city of tomorrow today’, which consists of a series of research-by-design workshops in a number of New Towns. The applicant intends to use the programme to generate new models for urban and regional growth, which he maintains will lead to safe, social and inclusive environments for new city dwellers. The method that is central to the project combines design, residents’ participation and cultural entrepreneurship in the transformation of systematically built cities. To achieve this INTI specifically focuses on the qualitative approach to urbanization, for example by looking at how people form a community. INTI’s aim is to bring about actual transformation. The programme targets four cities: Alamar (Cuba), Curtiba (Brazil), Nairobi (Kenya) and Shenzhen (China). The central themes are food production, water management and participation. Each city will use research-by-design-workshops to work on a specific theme within the overall coordinating themes. The aim of the workshops is to devise an integral strategic plan that the cities can subsequently put into effect themselves. Local and Dutch institutions and designers will be involved in the workshops. The results of the workshops will be mutually shared with the other New Towns and with the public during the next International New Town Day, June 2017.

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