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Architecture Grant Scheme

Architecture Grant Scheme

Closing dates:

26 January 2022
20 April 2022
18 August 2022
13 October 2022

budget 2022: € 1,250,000 – round 1: € 350,000

With the Architecture Grant Scheme, the Creative Industries Fund NL supports projects that contribute to the quality, development or understanding of the field of architecture. The scheme is in line with the Fund's objectives to promote the development of artistic quality, to stimulate experiment and research and to support reflection and debate.
The Architecture Grant Scheme is open for projects initiated by professional designers, makers, observers, agencies or cultural institutions active within one or more disciplines coming under the field of design.
Within the Architecture Grant Scheme, the following grants may be provided:
a. a regular project grant, which requires a reasonable amount of co-financing;
b. a starting grant up to a maximum contribution of € 7,500, with co-financing not being required.
Applications are assessed on the basis of the Architecture Grant Scheme (PDF). You should therefore make sure that you are well aware of the conditions, criteria and objectives stated in them.
The advisory committee will process your application based on the application form and the attachments submitted. Please read Article 8 of the Architecture Grant Scheme (PDF) for a list of the required attachments.

You can find suggestions and tips to help you prepare to submit a grant application to the Fund in the Grant Application Guidelines (PDF). These guidelines will help you draw up an application as completely as possible. Therefore, make sure that you read them carefully before drawing up a grant application.
Please note: the guidelines will be updated soon.

Architecture Grant Scheme
Applications are assessed on the basis of the Architecture Grant Scheme (PDF). You should therefore make sure that you are well aware of the conditions, criteria and objectives stated in them.

Online application environment
Applications must be submitted in the online application environment. For this, you need a personal account. Please note: create an account on time, as it takes one working day to activate a new applicant account.

Online application forms can be submitted up to 23:59 hours on the day of the closing date. However, due to traffic on the server, we explicitly advise you to submit your application earlier.

Any questions?
Specific questions about the procedure, budget and/or project plan can be sent via email to one of the grants officers. First check if you can find the answer to your question in the Frequently Asked Questions.
When you have submitted your application, the Fund Desk will check if your application complies with the formal requirements of the Architecture Grant Scheme (PDF).

An advisory committee will assess your application based on the Architecture Grant Scheme. The way this is done as well as the criteria for this are set out in full in Article 10 of the Architecture Grant Scheme (PDF). The committee advises the Fund's Board. Click here to see who is part of the advisory committee for the Architecture Grant Scheme.

If the total number of applications that are eligible for a grant exceeds the budget of the grant round available, applications will be prioritized. The way this is done is set out in full in Article 10 of the Architecture Grant Scheme (PDF).

The Board includes the committee's advice in its decision on rejection or provision of the grant. You will be notified about the result in a decision, which will be emailed to you within ten weeks after the scheme's closing date.

If you receive a grant from the Fund, then you will have to comply with the obligations. Please read more about accountability in Articles 17, 18, 19 and 20 of the Architecture Grant Scheme (PDF). Two weeks before the conclusion of your project, you will be asked by email to submit your accountability form in the online application environment.
For further information please contact Dominique Geelen and Ibrahim Alaoui Chrifi:

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

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Architecture Grant Scheme Start-up grant


Studio Hedwich Hooghiemstra, 2021

Studio Hedwich Hooghiemstra sees that the focus with an ageing population lies primarily on physical accessibility, but argues that the mental wellbeing of elderly people is at least as urgent. The research project 'Stilteruimtes' investigates the relationship between architectural elements, emotional experience and the function of quiet spaces. In the start-up phase, the architectural elements of quiet spaces are investigated, scale models are designed and the results are presented to care institutions. Studio Hedwich Hooghiemstra is working together with Vitalis care institution on the project. Hans van Laar, spiritual counsellor at Vitalis, is also involved. In addition, Rob Vermeulen (formerly of Cube Design Museum) offers his knowledge and expertise on mourning and multi-sensory design. There is also a collaboration with Marieke Sonneveld, head of End of Life Lab (TU Delft), who offers her expertise on elderly people who are at the end of their lives.

Architecture Grant Scheme

Kijken in de grond

CHRITH architecten, 2021

Studio Stephan Schagen and CHRITH architects want to show the beauty and diversity of the ground in the Netherlands with the project 'Kijken in de grond'. The central aim is to develop building blocks to form a cultural biography of landscape and crafts. The form is a wind-dried earthen stone that is unique to each location; in fact, it is composed on the basis of cultural biography, local soil, a plant structure, and a local mineral. In this way, they also aim to add the concept of 'material cultural identity' to the discussion on circular construction. They make a journey through the Dutch landscape to find locations for making the stones. Bringing all the stones together in an exhibition, and a closing event that can also be viewed online, form the final piece of the research. The team is supported by Natuurmonumenten, Centre for Global Heritage and Development, Maikel Kuijpers, lecturer in Archaeology at Leiden University, and Oskam VF.

Architecture Grant Scheme Activity programme

De subjectieve atlas van Amsterdam

Stichting Architectuurcentrum Amsterdam, 2021

ARCAM aims to bring together multi-perspective reflections on the built environment in a publication called 'De subjectieve atlas van Amsterdam'. The project consists of a public research programme that collects underrepresented perspectives on Amsterdam's built environment. In collaboration with Annelys de Vet from publishers Subjective Editions and various Amsterdam interest groups, ARCAM is organizing eight workshops in which participants visualize their experience of Amsterdam's built environment. Subsequently, the public is engaged in conversation within a programme of activities. The aim is to work with policymakers, urban planners and architects to make design practice more inclusive. The interest groups include The Black Archives (archive for black and other underexposed perspectives), IHLIA (interest group of the LGBTQI+ community in Amsterdam), Stichting Blinden-Penning (organizes activities for blind and visually impaired people) and De Bond Precaire Woonvormen, which campaigns for the rights of people in a precarious housing situation.

Architecture Grant Scheme Start-up grant

Take Care 1012: Making Sense of the Red Light District

Natalie Dixon, Bob van Toor en Roelof Petrus van Wyk, 2019

In 'Take Care 1012: Making Sense of the Red Light District' researcher Natalie Dixon (affect lab) explores the sensory landscape of the Red Light District of Amsterdam with the architect Roelof Petrus van Wyk and urban historian Bob van Toor. The goal of the research is to develop a sensory urbanism toolkit for the city- and place-making communities. The results of the research will be documented in a formative sensory atlas of the Red Light District, available as an open-access publication. 'Take Care 1012: Making Sense of the Red Light District' is produced in collaboration the Prostitution Information Centre (Amsterdam), Het Nieuwe Instituut, The Mobile City, Failed Architecture, STIPO and 3 Layers.

Architecture Grant Scheme Open call

Architecture Biennale: Cosmogonia Mundi

Cosmogonia Mundi reflects on the possible futures of the City of Venice and the Port of Marghera in the form of live dance, using Northscapes Collective's installation The Port and the Fall of Icarus on the shore of the laguna as a backdrop, and a film documentary in the main exhibition of the Venice Pavilion/Marghera. In this project, which is part of a larger research programme, MAKE MOVE THINK explores the dialogue between individualism and collectivism in contemporary urban culture. Performing Arts and Architecture meld to create a moment where Dance is not merely performance and Architecture is not permanence.
Below a short documentary created as part of the project 'Cosmogonia Mundi' at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

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