creative industries fund nl
Design Grant Scheme

Design Grant Scheme

Closing dates:

11 August 2021
29 September 2021

budget 2021: € 1,700,000 – budget distribution per round € 425,000

With the Design Grant Scheme, the Creative Industries Fund NL supports projects that contribute to the quality, development or understanding of the field of Design. The regulations are 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 Design 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 Design 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 Design 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 Design 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.

If your application concerns a publication, please use the Publications Calculation Form.

Design Grant Scheme
Applications are assessed on the basis of the Design 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 Design Grant Scheme (PDF).

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

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

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Design Grant Scheme Research

A way of wearing


For her project 'A way of wearing' (A Wear-ness), designer Ting Gong will create 20 garments. To do this, she draws inspiration from the heritage and skills of artisans from the Chinese countryside. Ting Gong asks the wearers of the garments to make a 20-year commitment to the garment. The wearer is also asked to return the garment annually to Ting Gong, accompanied by a letter in which the wearer tells the maker about an important event from the past year. In turn, Ting Gong uses this story to change something about the garment, replacing a panel made with a carefully chosen technique with one made of a different fabric. She keeps the removed panel, together with the letter. She considers that the garment, like your skin, changes with the history of the wearer. Ting Gong examines how a garment can no longer be considered purely as a product that is just as easily parted with as it is purchased. Does the perception of the wearer change if the behaviour of the maker and the wearer's relationship with the maker change? And what happens when, as a maker, you place conditions on obtaining a garment and expect more from a future owner than just money? With her project, Ting Gong also wants to bring traditional crafts to the attention of a new audience by using them in an innovative way.

Design Grant Scheme Start-up grant

Leuk is anders

Studio De Leijer, 2020

In an autobiographical graphic novel, Jeroen de Leijer describes the attempts to guide his adolescent son towards adulthood. Although the word 'autism' is not mentioned in the book, the context shows that Boris was stranded in his education because of his diagnosis. The book describes a 'rite de passage', a number of journeys that Boris and his father made together, and is therefore comparable to a road movie. What initially begins as an autobiographical illustrated story changes when Boris also describes his experiences. Jeroen made drawings of his experiences combined with handwritten texts; the experiences of Boris are typed. This creates two storylines in words and images that give a glimpse into the experiences of father and son. With his graphic novel, Jeroen de Leijer wants to draw attention to the fact that, in this society, you have no chance if you do not have a diploma and are also afflicted with a 'disorder'. The publication gives a different perspective on inclusiveness and the participation society.

Design Grant Scheme Research

The Gentleman Maverick of Dutch Design

Valiz, 2020

The work of Gert Dumbar (1940) belongs to the canon of Dutch design history. Both nationally and internationally, he has left his mark on the field of graphic design, and has managed to pass on his ideas, images, curiosity, attitude, involvement, humour and enjoyment to many young designers. 'Gert Dumbar - The Gentleman Maverick of Dutch Design' aims to reflect on this from a contemporary perspective. How can Dumbar's work be reinterpreted, generate new meanings and provide points of departure for the contemporary view of design heritage? What does the work mean for the design practice of a young generation of designers? How can they relate to issues that were a natural part of Dumbar's practice, such as social engagement, collaboration, interdisciplinarity, hybrid approaches and economic constraints?

Design Grant Scheme Research

Prosthetic X

Isaac Monté, 2020

Since 2019, Isaac Monté has been questioning and exploring the role technology can play in shaping our appearance and influencing our health and well-being. 'Prosthetic X' will be a technological 'organ' that strongly resembles a natural organ, with 10 prostheses that serve as aesthetic indicators of the functioning or non-functioning of the body, or parts of the body. Nine of these 'body extensions' are linked to the body. The tenth prosthesis – the exo-organ – could be with a family member or caregiver, for example. It displays the 'status' of the other nine, giving a neighbour or attending physician remote insight into the wearer's state of health. For the development of 'Prosthetic X', Isaac Monté is collaborating with various partners from science, the cultural field and industry. The first phase of the project has already led to three artistic proof-of-concept prostheses. In the second phase, Isaac Monté would now like to realize a Prosthetic X platform and show the project as an installation nationally and internationally, in order to raise urgent questions concerning data collection, technology development and the interaction of technology with the body. Can 'wearables' be more than just a gadget? Can they become an essential part of a more vital, healthier and safer life? And to what extent are people prepared to accept 'lifelogging' and 'human enhancement'?

Design Grant Scheme Voucher

Borders and Territories. Identity in Place

TD Netherlands, 2018

Theo Deutinger is invited by Aedes Network Campus Berlin (ANCB) to the event 'Borders and Territories: Identity in Place'on 22 March 2018 in Berlin. With Annett Zinsmeister, Lukas Feireiss and Ai Weiwei he will discuss current developments regarding territories, borders and geopolitical corridors to formulate a vision for the future.
In this context he will present chapters from his 'Handbook of Tyranny'. He is also invited to present the content of the book during an "pin-up" exhibition developed in collaboration with writer en curator Brendan McGetrick.

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