creative industries fund nl
Grant Programme for Internationalization

Grant Programme for Internationalization

Closing dates:

6 February 2019
15 May 2019
9 October 2019

Annual budget: € 750.000

The Creative Industries Fund NL uses the Grant Programme for Internationalization to support projects that provide a substantive contribution to the development, profiling and reinforcement of the contemporary creative industry’s international position. There are three application rounds a year for this grant programme. The annual budget is equally distributed across the rounds.

The Internationalization grant programme is aligned with the objectives and conditions of the Dutch government's international cultural policy. A number of priority countries are named in this policy, and 75% of the grant programme's budget is available for these countries.
The remaining 25% of the budget is available for all other countries. The advisory process takes account of this prioritization.

The priority countries are Belgium/Flanders, Brazil, China, Germany, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.
Grants are awarded to support designers, makers, producers and commissioning clients in the creative industry. Organizations, curators and mediators may only apply for a grant if their contribution serves the promotion of Dutch designers and makers’ international position.

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.
The Grant Programme for Internationalization is for international projects that concern or where the anticipated result is:

• collaboration between Dutch partners
• collaboration with one or more foreign partners
• alignment with a concrete question or assignment abroad

Starting grant
The Grant Programme for Internationalization 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.

Voucher for 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 contribute sufficiently to the grant programme’s objective and focus on at least one of the following goals:

Reinforcing the international reputation of the contemporary creative industry in the Netherlands
Expanding the creative industry’s field of operations
Creating and maintaining relevant international contacts between designers, makers, producers, commissioning clients and cultural institutions.

The evaluation of the proposals primarily focuses on the project’s objective, structure, the expertise involved, the manner and extent of co-funding and the consistency between all these elements. The project should include a pre-process and post-process that consist, at the very least, of thorough preparation, an evaluation and feedback of the knowledge and experiences acquired to the target groups described in advance.
Refer to the Grant Application Guide (PDF) when submitting your application. The guide provides certainty with regard to the grant application and the drawing up of the project plan, budget and communication plan.

As part of its deliberations on submitted applications, the Fund may request information from Dutch embassies or diplomatic missions in the country in question, concerning, for instance, the relevance of the project and subject for this country, and the partners involved in the project application.

This information is sent to the Fund and is added to the application as preparation for the advisory committee. If required, the applicant may request this information from the Fund. When projects are awarded grants, the Fund notifies the cultural department of the Dutch embassies in the country in question.

Subsidy Regulations and the Grant Programme for Internationalization
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 Internationalization (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 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 Internationalization (PDF).

An advisory committee will evaluate your request on the basis of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the Grant Programme for Internationalization. In particular, it will assess the extent to which your application is aligned with the criteria listed in Article 16 - 21 of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the grant programme’s specific objectives (Article 1 of the Grant Programme for Internationalization (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 Internationalization 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 contact:
Zineb Seghrouchni
Anselm van Sintfiet
Yasmin Kursun
Roxanne Minten

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

If you have questions concerning the online application environment please contact the secretariat.

grants issued Internationalization


Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 2


IND [Inter.National.Design], 2018

In 'Closing the Circle’, new design guidelines are developed for closed-loop farming systems. It is a project in which Arman Akdogan and Felix Madrazo – founders of IND [Inter.National.Design] – team up with Turkish and Dutch researchers, innovative farmers, designers and energy advisors.

In the start-up phase, the team developed a sustainable and innovative design for a cattle shed in Palanga, an art and agriculture experiment in Erzincan. This pioneering project in Turkey shows how farmers can combine optimal conditions for animal welfare and the environment, and how design can contribute to this. The design takes into account the climate conditions, the cattle bedding, the production of compost and the processing of waste into biogas. In addition to Palanga, the team is also working with a new generation of farmers such as Ahmet Kocabıyık to explore the relationship between cattle breeding, modern art and tourism, and with Kıvanç Başak, focusing on the combination of cattle breeding with olive trees. Involved experts are: Kees van Reenen (Wageningen University), Peter Mensinga (ARUP Amsterdam), Özgür Şahin (Çanakkale) and Baris Samir (BGS Energy Consulting).

In the follow-up phase, the team will organise three interdisciplinary case studies at these farms and a field visit to similar initiatives in the Netherlands. In addition, prototypes for a future holistic farm are being designed in collaboration with Istinye University and MEF University, DesignLAB. The team will present the results in the form of guidelines contained in a digital report, and at an international symposium in Istanbul. The symposium focuses on the relationship between rural food production and urban food consumption (From Farm to Fork). The programme includes innovative chefs from Istanbul and Rotterdam, among others. The Turkish website Arkitera is the communication partner for the symposium.

More information phase 1

Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 2

Toroslar Citylab

Play the City, 2018

Toroslar City Lab is a project devoted to researching, questioning and designing new forms of city making in Mersin, Turkey. The goal is to create an opportunity for informal knowledge exchange between different parties - residents, entrepreneurs, scholars and government - regarding the city’s current qualities and its future. The transformation of the area along the Muftu river serves as a case study. The area is characterised by, among other things, the establishment of migrant groups and the ways they use the area. The Toroslar City Lab consists of a tailor-made game method that enables new forms of cooperation and decision-making.

In the follow-up phase, the team will organise three interactive game sessions supplemented with pilot workshops on the following themes: 1) Mobility and Water, 2) Urban Agriculture and Food, 3) Local Economy and Urban Transformation. In addition, the Lab focuses on investigating circular systems to provide an alternative to the short-term vision on urban development that is currently common in Mersin and other Turkish cities. The long-term vision with proposals for specific interventions will be compiled into a manifesto. This manifesto will be shared with Toroslar Lab’s networks in Turkey and will be launched during the We Make City festival in Amsterdam. Toroslar City Lab is a collaborative project involving Play the City, Mersin University, Mediamatic and various experts.

More information phase 1

Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 2

LÜLEBURGAZ BISIKLETE BINIYOR – cycling for a better city

Artgineering/ Novusens/ Sustainable Solutions, 2018

In the project/designing research 'Lüleburgaz Bisiklete Biniyor', Sustainable Solutions (NL), Artgineering (BE) and Novusens (TR) are developing an integral bicycle master plan for the city of Lüleburgaz. This plan sees cycling as a catalyst for bottom-up transitions towards a more sustainable, inclusive and democratic urban society. The project starts from a holistic approach consisting of three elements: hardware, software and orgware. Instead of immediately investing in the physical infrastructure, the municipality first put a lot of effort into creating a positive view of cycling among residents (e.g. with '2017 Bicycle Year') and into setting up an international, external organisational structure. The plan aims to serve as an example for some 200 other medium-sized cities in Turkey.

In the follow-up phase, the team will conduct in-depth research and, together with the municipality, convert the results into a guide for bicycle-friendly, inclusive and urban development. Two workshops with informal dinners for stakeholders will be organised. Also, between these workshops, the stakeholders will be taken on a working visit to both Lüleburgaz and the Netherlands. To involve the residents, the team is working with the local 'Bicycle Academy', cycling associations, 'role model' cyclists and (creative) entrepreneurs. In addition, the local Art & Design Academy will design postcards and images for social media.

More information phase 1

Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 2

The Samarsky Yard

Schiemann Weyers architects, 2018

In the post-socialist city of Samara, the historical centre is being demolished. Consisting of historical heritage, the 'Wooden City' and within it the Samarsky courtyard, this centre has much value for the identity of the city. Only a small, select group of citizens is actively against the destruction of the historical buildings and values. In this project, the team investigates how to bridge the gap between the campaign groups, citizens, developers and authorities. The Dutch team consists of Schiemann Weyers Architects, Irma Gross, Arjan Hebly and Helmut Thole. The Russian professionals are Tatiana Gudz, Alexandr Gnilomedov, Vitaly Stadnikov and researchers Sergei Malakhov and Evgenia Repina of Samara State University.

In the follow-up phase, the team will conduct further research and develop a digital atlas with graphic designer Joost Grootens. All the collected information will be presented to the various stakeholders in this atlas, in a neutral and accessible way. The atlas will consist of maps, diagrams, drawings and photographs, supplemented with texts. The team will furthermore organise stakeholder meetings to discuss the collected material, and will conclude with a discussion forum to develop a new shared vision for the area. The result is a collective housing model aimed at sustainability, citizen participation and diversity in the buildings.

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Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 2

New Urban Media Centre in Yekaterinburg: The Prototype for the Future Systemic Transformation


SVESMI (NL) is working with the Municipal Association of Libraries (MAL), the culture department of the municipality of Yekaterinburg and The July 16 Agency to develop a new type of social centre in the city of Yekaterinburg, Russia. The project builds on the physical structure of municipal libraries from the socialist welfare system, which continue to have a strong social role and reputation. The team states that this network of libraries is in need of renewal in order to better connect with contemporary society.

In the follow-up phase of the project, SVESMI will transform one of these libraries into a prototype in which design, new technology and cultural programming are used to create a new public space. Parallel to developing a spatial design, a cultural programme will take place in which speakers from Dutch libraries (Royal Library The Hague, Central Library Utrecht and Central Library Alkmaar) and Russian cultural centres (Yeltsin centre, Museum of History of Ekaterinburg and Strelka Institute) will engage each other in discussion and share experiences. The team will combine all findings of the project in a manual for transformation. The results will be presented at a Dutch-Russian symposium about the pilot. Besides the cultural programming and building a new book collection, the goal is also to realise the spatial interventions. The municipality of Yekaterinburg is participating as the financing and implementing partner in this project.

More information phase 1

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