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Grant Programme for Digital Culture

Grant Programme for Digital Culture

Budget 2019: € 1.320.000

Creative Industries Fund NL uses the Digital Culture Grant Programme to support projects that contribute to promoting high quality, development and professionalization of contemporary Dutch digital culture. For the Fund, digital culture encompasses cultural and artistic productions or expressions related to digital technology, new media or games. The programme's objective is to stimulate research, design research and reflection in the field of digital culture and creating free space for independent makers and organisations. There are four application rounds a year for this grant programme. The annual budget is distributed in four rounds. For the third (7 August 2019) and fourth (9 October 2019) round € 325,000 is available. The amounts can be adjusted if the full amount has not been used in previous rounds.

Digital Culture
Digital Culture is all about breaking open existing technologies and processes as well as developing new technologies and applications in an open manner. On the basis of this, design methods and principles are applied to a variety of fields from games, storytelling and music to biotechnology, architecture and healthcare. This means that the project's manifestation need not necessarily be digital.
The Digital Culture Grant Programme is primarily intended for makers, designers and game developers in the digital culture domain. The programme is furthermore open to media labs, commissioning clients and cultural institutions that work in a project-based manner and do not receive structural state support.

You need to be registered as a company with the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel or its foreign equivalent) when you receive the grant.
Project grants for research, experimentation, development, production of new media, interaction design and gameplay as well as the presentation thereof can be applied for. Activities and publications aimed at the analysis and reflection on digital culture are options as are projects aimed at national or international knowledge exchange and projects that stimulate popular interest in the field.The Grant Programme for Digital Culture also has a starting grant that can be applied for (max. €7,500) to study a project's options.

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

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 objectives of this grant programme and focus on at least one of the following policy objectives:

• promoting experiments and crossovers
• stimulating research, analysis and reflection
• promoting talent development and artistic quality
• promoting 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 the Digital Culture Grant Programme
The Creative Industries Fund NL has Subsidy Regulations (PDF) 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) as well as the Grant Programme for Digital Culture (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 first refer to our FAQ or contact the Creative Industries Fund NL.
After the submission of your application the Fund's office checks whether you comply with the formal requirements as listed in the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the Grant Programme for Digital Culture (PDF).

An advisory committee will evaluate your request on the basis of the General Subsidy Regulations and the Digital Culture 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 for Digital Culture (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 Digital Culture Grant Programme here.

If the positive recommendations exceed the available budget in an application round, prioritization can be applied (Articles 9 and 10 of the Subsidy Regulations).

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 a letter of appeal. More information is provided here.

If you receive a subsidy 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:
Joris van Ballegooijen
Sean Gilis

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

grants issued Digital Culture


Grant Programme for Digital Culture Start-up grant

Noncompliance and Control in the Digital Age

kladlab for art-science research, 2017

Kladlab for art-science research is applying for a start-up grant for its project 'Noncompliance and Control in the Digital Age'. Project initiator Shanti Ganesh is working with the Chinese-Canadian artist Natalie Tin Yin Gan, who is also co-founder of Hong Kong Exile (HKX), an interdisciplinary performance group in Vancouver. The start-up grant will be employed to facilitate a six-month incubation project in Canada and the Netherlands, during which the applicants will gather and produce the initial material for what will eventually become an interactive, feministic gaming performance about the theme of control and 'dissent' in the digital era.

Grant Programme for Digital Culture Game

What Remains

No coffee, no prana, 2017

After receiving a start-up grant, Marloes de Valk has applied for a follow-up grant for the development of 'What Remains'. The project is a retro-looking game, specially designed for the 1980s Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game computer. The game reflects on the reasons why people are undertaking insufficient action to combat climate change. In the game the protagonist gains access to highly confidential information about climate change via an NES cartridge from an unknown source. Despite the great resistance, the player's task is to ensure that the stories see the light of day and influence public opinion. Marloes is working together with Aymeric Mansoux, Arnoud Guillon, Dustin Long and Chun Lee. The organizations involved are V2_, WORM, Babycastles, ESC Medien Kunst Labor and Furtherfield.

Grant Programme for Digital Culture Programme

View Source

The Incredible Machine, 2016

'View Source' is a project by the Mozilla Foundation, ThingsCon and The Incredible Machine. The parties have a shared fascination with and concern about the Internet of Things movement. The project involves design-driven research that is largely being conducted in Shenzhen. This city is a global trendsetter in hardware production and is on its way to becoming the world's IoT leader. The project's goal is to provide insight into the different ways in which Western and Eastern IoT ecosystems are evolving. Based on a field study for the realization of an IoT bike rental system, the applicants are exploring the hardware world of Shenzhen in greater depth. The IoT ecosystem seems to develop according to its own unique agenda, in which designs and ideas move freely between organizations and parties. The knowledge gained will be shared with a worldwide IoT community in a series of talks, workshops and publications.

Grant Programme for Digital Culture Programme

The Hmm

The Hmm, 2016

The second season of 'The Hmm' will begin in February 2017. The intention of programme's initiators, Evelyn Austin and Lilian Stolk, is to contribute to a better understanding of digital visual culture. They are therefore organizing 'The Hmm', a real-life Tumblr for digital visual culture. The programme consists of six evenings at six venues in Amsterdam. Ten different artists, designers, academics or collectors will be invited as speakers for each edition. The speakers present their narratives in five-minute presentations of 20 slides, whereupon there is room for discussion and debate with the audience. The programme is primarily focused on a younger target group and offers a springboard for young creatives. The ambition of the initiators is to intensify existing collaborations with ArtEZ, KABK, the Rietveld Academy, the Piet Zwart Institute and WdKA.

Grant Programme for Digital Culture AV production

Ursae Minoris

Solaris, 2016

Stichting Solaris – the Solaris Foundation – fosters artistic research in the field of music and emphatically seeks out collaborations with other disciplines. The Ursae Minoris project is a three-part, open composition for double bass and live electronics, in which musical and visual elements are combined. Ursae Minoris sprang from an interdisciplinary collaboration between visual art, music and science. The piece is based on celestial charts and is shown to best advantage in dome-shaped theatres of planetariums and observatories. With the performance Stichting Solaris wants to interest new audiences in the combination of performance and media art by organizing performances in astronomical and academic institutions. The musical composition is by Claudio F. Baroni and the visual composition is by Joost Rekveld.

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