creative industries fund nl
Grant Programme for Design

Grant Programme for Design

Closing dates:

11 October 2017

Budget: € 1.000.000

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 annual budget is distributed equally across the rounds.
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.

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. Read more about starting grants here.

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

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 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 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 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.

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 send an e-mail to:
Eva Roolker (secretary)
Andrea Kristić
Hugo van de Poel

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

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

grants issued Design


Grant Programme for Design Open Call

Milan 2017: Light and Darkness

David Derksen/Earnest Studio, 2017

With their second presentation at the Salone Satellite, occurring simultaneously with the Euroluce lighting fair, David Derksen and Earnest Studio (Rachel Griffin) hope to strengthen their existing relationships and build new ones. By working together on their presentation, they aim to join forces to get more value from participating in the trade fair. For the 2017 edition, David Derksen and Earnest Studio’s presentation Light and Darkness will be dedicated to lighting: they will showcase their best new and existing lighting designs in a dramatic, spherical presentation that plays with darkness and light to highlight the sculptural qualities, composition, materials and texture of their work.

Grant Programme for Design Open Call

Milan 2017: The Living Surface

Studio Lizan Freijsen, 2017

During Salone del Mobile 2017, Studio Lizan Freijsen will present a series of hand-tufted openwork carpets under the title ‘The Living Surface’, accompanied by a book of the same name about the traces of decay in public spaces. With this presentation, the designer wants to show the creative process and help strengthen the image of hand tufting. Lizan Freijsen is working on the preparations with Antoinette Veneman from PROOFF.

Grant Programme for Design Open Call

Milan 2017: Studio Minale-Maeda

Studio Minale-Maeda, 2017

With a presentation entitled Anti/Nature, Studio Minale-Maeda wants to show the studio’s latest developments by displaying new work in combination with next steps resulting from previous research and feedback. A series of prototypes will also be included to increase awareness for the potential of flexible and reversible construction as alternative production methods. To attract a variety of audiences – from commercial companies and galleries to educators and critics – the presentation will take place at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

Grant Programme for Design Open Call

Milan 2017: Clock.Light.Mirror.

Commonplace studio, 2017

Commonplace Studio (Simon de Bakker and Jon Stam), Teresa van Dongen and Sabine Marcelis work in different disciplines such as digital culture, bio design and material experiments. To highlight the differences, but especially the underlying similarities in design principles, they’ve organised a joint exhibition entitled ‘Clock. Light. Mirror.’. The exhibition focuses on three everyday household objects – a clock, light and mirror – that they want to provide with a broad contextual framework, both in terms of the position of the products as well as an active approach to the audience. In addition, the exhibition will take a closer look at unique forms of collaboration, which these designers believe is the driving force behind the Dutch creative industries. The exhibition will take place at Palazzo Clerici.

Grant Programme for Design Open Call

Milan 2017

Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters, 2017

In conjunction with new work related to the themes of beauty and impermanence, Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters will present a new vision on free design, and in particular research on materials, colours, shapes and objects. The studio has decided to do a salon presentation with a closed atmosphere to encourage personal dialogue with a specific audience. The designers want to directly appeal to and personally approach a network of clients, art directors, curators, collectors and buyers with the goal expanding internationally and scaling up quality orders and commissions. The salon presentation will be held in the vicinity of the busy venue Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

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