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Grant Programme for Design

Grant Programme for Design

Closing dates:

29 July 2020
2 October 2020

Budget 2020: € 1.200.000

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 amounts can be adjusted if the full amount has not been used in previous rounds.

budget allocation
Round 15 January 2020 – € 240.000
Round 18 March 2020 – € 277.782 (increased due to under-spending in the first round)
Round 27 May 2020 – € 340.000
Round 29 July 2020 – € 340.000
Round 2 October 2020 – € 340.000

The rounds of 27 May 29 July and 2 October 2020 have been increased by € 100,000 due to redistribution of resources as a result of the Covid-19 measures.
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.

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

voucher presentation abroad
The Creative Industries Fund NL has a shortened procedure for presentations at or participation in events abroad. Read more about the vouchers here.

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.
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 the online application form until 23:59 on the day of the closing date. Advice is to submit your application earlier because of the busy server.

From April 23, 2020 it is not possible to submit draft versions of applications to the staff for advice. If you have other questions please refer to our FAQ.
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.

It happens quite regularly that the available budget of a subsidy round is insufficient. The total amount of the grants requested by all the positively evaluated applications exceeds the round's budget, or subsidy ceiling. Prioritization must then take place. This is carried out in accordance with Articles 9 and 10 of the Subsidy Regulations. Article 10, clause 2 (a) applies in this case:

'The available amount will be awarded to the applicants whose application is valued most highly, where the requested contribution can be awarded to the most highly valued applications, provided the total does not exceed the subsidy ceiling, and subsequently only the amount remaining up to the subsidy ceiling will be awarded to the applicant to whom awarding a grant would lead to the subsidy ceiling being exceeded.'

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. You will receive a message with the result by email.

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. Two weeks before your project ends you will receive a request by e-mail to submit your accountability in the online application environment.
For further information please contact:
Eva Roolker
Lion Zeegers
Annique Deneer
Roxanne da Graça
Andrea Kristić

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

grants issued Design


Grant Programme for Design 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.

Grant Programme for Design Programme

The Dreamers of the Day; Live events at the University of the Underground

Nelly Ben Hayoun, 2017

The University of the Underground is an initiative of the designer Nelly Ben Hayoun in which a series of six experimental events are organized so as to question the ethos of public institutions. During the event international interdisciplinary professions will discuss their (design) methodology, production systems, thoughts and dreams with the Dutch creative industry and underground scene. The programme focuses on social dreaming as a tool for unravelling thought processes: working from a shared process, research, method and theme, cultures are fused together and form an international counter movement leading to a power shift. The University of the Underground believes that creativity should permeate from the underground and urban spaces right up to the established order. The events take place from November 2017 on a monthly basis in the Marktkantine nightclub. Our Machine and the Sandberg Institute are collaborating and This Works at WeTransfer and WeTransfer are acting as media partners.

Grant Programme for Design Start-up grant

Future Museum

Darunee Terdtoontaveedej, 2017

Designer Darunee Terdtoontaveedej is carrying out research into the way history is represented in European museums. The designer is applying for a start-up grant to carry out preliminary research into a contemporary and innovative type of historical museum entitled the 'Future Museum'. The designer takes decolonization as the central focus of the research, which will be explored on various levels. During the start-up grant period Terdtoontaveedej plans to research related themes, other (design) initiatives focused on decolonizing the representation of history, and formulate the initial thoughts for a contemporary museum model. In the next phase Terdtoontaveedej will involve other designers and the public in order to develop a new model that will be presented in the form of in a series of publications.

Grant Programme for Design Publication


Sae Honda, 2017

Inspired by new, found material made up of rock containing plastic waste (plastiglomerate), (jewellery) designer Sae Honda collected plastic debris and similar rubbish and melted these down to create a new material. After further processing a kind of artificial hybrid stone emerged. She presented the stones at a number of design weeks and events, and several of the stones have now been taken into the permanent collections of museums all over the world. Sai Honda is seeking to bring out a publication that will collate the stone collection and tell their underlying story. The project is not just about recycling material, but also tells a story about mankind and the current era. In the same way as diamonds are the result of volcanic processes, these stones are the residue of modern culture. The graphic design is by Akiko Wakabayashi and Lonneke van der Palen is responsible for the photography of the stones. The Japanese publisher Torch Press will bring out the book with an introduction by Rutger Emmelkamp. Promotional activities are planned in both the Netherlands and Japan.

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.

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