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Grant programmes 2017: procedural changes

21 February 2017

Implementing grant programmes is the primary function of the Creative Industries Fund NL. The grant possibilities for 2017-2020 went into effect on 1 January 2017, and the goals and evaluation criteria of the various programmes have been refined. Applicants need to be aware of a few changes in the Fund’s procedures.
Greater responsibility for applicants
The total number of applications is expected to increase in 2017. At the same time, the available budget for grants has decreased. Going forward, the Creative Industries Fund NL will only accept detailed proposals for consideration, with the goal of supporting excellence in all disciplines. Applicants therefore have a greater responsibility to draft high-quality applications with a clear project plan, organisational details, communication plan and budget. In addition, all applicants must commit to generating the maximum support for their activities, both in terms of finances and content.

Equal treatment
The Creative Industries Fund NL expects that it will have to make stricter choices, especially if budgets are limited. The fund aims to offer new applicants the same opportunities as prior applicants.

Submissions
The Creative Industries Fund NL wants to prevent projects from being divided into sub-projects for the sake of funding. It is therefore not possible to submit sub-projects to different grant programmes.

Feedback
It is no longer possible to get feedback on a proposal after the submission deadline. However, you can still discuss the proposal with the funding agency during the concept phase. If you wish to do so, please contact the one of the Fund’s employees no later than two weeks before the submission deadline. You can find the contact details of the secretaries and deputy secretaries in the contact section on the individual subsidy pages.

For more information, read Grant programmes in 2017: What’s changed? (in Dutch).
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Grant Programme for Festivals: Who’s it for and what’s changed?

20 February 2017

For the new 2017-2020 policy period, the Festivals process has become a separate grant programme. Every year, €800,000 will be available to support festivals in the creative industries that contribute to the quality, development and professionalization of contemporary Dutch architecture, design and digital culture. From now on, festivals must submit an application to the Grant Programme for Festivals, and can no longer apply to the grant programmes for architecture, digital culture or design. The 2017 deadlines are 22 March and 4 October. €400,000 is available in each round.
Who is it for?
In principle, the festival programme is intended for festivals that are a recognisable part of the infrastructure of the creative industries. With their programming, they respond to trends in architecture, design or digital culture. An additional category is festivals that aren’t necessarily part of the infrastructure of the creative industries, but are developing programming that aligns with one of the disciplines. This cross-pollination between different disciplines has the potential make the developments in the creative industries interesting to a wider audience. There is also space for new initiatives within the programme, as the festival format is perfectly suited to react to current events.

You can view a selection of the applications that received funding in the past here.

What has changed?
The distinction between applying for phase 1 (preparation) and phase 2 (implementation) has disappeared. From now on all festivals, large and small, new and established, must submit one project application for the planning and execution of the upcoming edition of their festival. For applicants, it means that in addition to the setup and overview of the festival programme, they must also provide insight into the organisation, communications, funding and execution of the festival. To submit an application, please use the Grant Application Guidelines (PDF). With these changes, the Fund expects more consistency in evaluating the applications.

Exclusion from other grant programmes
Festivals may no longer apply to the grant programmes for architecture, digital culture or design. However, there is an exception for makers who have been invited by festivals to develop new work, and they can still apply to the above programmes. To do so, they must submit a project application under their own name which is accompanied by a letter of intent from the related festival.
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Presenting abroad? Request a voucher!

16 February 2017

Are you working in the creative industries? Have you been invited by a foreign organisation to give a presentation on short notice? For example, to participate in an event, workshop, lecture or speak at a conference? For certain costs associated with these presentations, you can request a voucher from the Creative Industries Fund NL. The Fund has a special fast-track process for this.
Since 2015, more than 80 international presentations have received support from the voucher process. The supported presentations span the Fund’s three disciplines to show the richness of the Dutch creative industries. One example is Mapping the City: A creative approach on Langa, organised by design agency andrews:degen at the request of Open Design Cape Town (ODCT). For this project, Andrews and Degen worked together with local designers and unemployed youth from Langa, a township in Cape Town, to investigate how designers can contribute to the quality of urban life.

Architect Afaina de Jong was a participating fellow at Ideas City Detroit. This event is part of the Ideas City platform created by the New Museum in New York. The platform focuses on developing radical strategies for urban issues, with contributions from experts from a range of disciplines. And Marieke Verbiesen was invited by the annual New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference in Brisbane to exhibit her work Mayhem Machine. She was also asked to give a presentation and participate in a panel discussion on the topic Novel Interfaces in Machine Learning.

The conditions for applying for a voucher are:
• The project takes place outside the Netherlands
• The project involves a presentation
• The invitation was recently received from abroad
• The contribution is for travel, accommodation, transport and presentation costs
• The grant requirement is a maximum of €1,500 per applicant
• Only 1 voucher can be requested by a studio, association or collective
• It can’t be requested for events where the Creative Industries Fund NL already has an existing grant process

Learn more about the voucher process and other projects that have received a voucher.
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Four vouchers provided for SXSW 2017

29 January 2017

In November, the Creative Industries Fund NL made vouchers available for makers who are presenting as part of the official South by Southwest (SXSW) programme in March 2015 in Austin, Texas. Eleven proposals were received, and those which were actually included in the official festival programme became eligible for a voucher. From these proposals, four presentations were selected to receive €3,000 each to compensate their travel and accommodation costs. The projects will be presented during the Interactive, Film, Gaming and Art programmes at SXSW.
The evaluation process considered the quality of the proposal, the quality of the project and the expected impact that presenting at the festival might have for the individual maker as well as the Dutch creative industries as a whole. Vouchers were provided to the following projects/persons:

Circus Family
Illusive Games
Klasien van Zandschulp
Next Nature Network

In addition to these vouchers, maker Nick Verstand will present the installation Polaris at SXSW, for which he received support from the Digital Culture Programme.

Photography: Nick Helderman
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