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Grant Programme for Internationalization

Grant Programme for Internationalization

Budget 2020: € 750.000

Attention: the Internationalization Grant Programme is closed until further notice.

It is currently not possible to submit an application under this grant programme. This is due to the travel restrictions imposed by various governments at home and abroad in connection with COVID-19. Keep up to date with the latest developments via our website.

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.

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.
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.

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

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.'

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 Team Internationalization:

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

grants issued Internationalization


Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 3

What Do Landscapes Say?

Nomaos, 2020

Nomaos is an interdisciplinary collective of Russian and Dutch makers and designers studying how we can influence the development of urban environments by looking at landscapes. Over the course of 18 months, they employed critical artistic research to inform more inclusive urban environments and develop nine speculative narratives for diverse landscapes in Russia, which they presented in Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam and Na Peschanoy Gallery in Moscow. Although landscapes in Russia and the Netherlands differ significantly at first sight, the narratives collectively reveal various common foundations in the relationship between humans and landscapes.

In this follow-up phase, the team is reinforcing the project's communication and sustainability. The team will be sharing a series of essays by the makers on the project's website and working on a sustainable plan to continue the conversation on the project platform. In April 2021, the team organised an online seminar 'What Do Landscapes Say? Telling Details of Cross-Territorial Practice', co-hosted by Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam and Moscow Architecture School MARCH. With conversations between the team and eight international, cross-disciplinary guest speakers, the seminar deepens the discussion on narratives as a way to acquire and transmute knowledge about the human-landscape relationship.

The core team in this phase consists of initiator and urban planner Yue Mao, curator and artist Naomi van Dijck, architect Polina Veidenbakh, illustrator Ksenia Kopalova, UI/UX designer Maria Malkova, writer Radha Smith, artists Rachel Bacon, Vera Mennens and Nataly Lakhtina.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 3

Asil: New Arabic Typefaces

Tarek Atrissi Design NL & AL-QALAM Foundation, 2020

In collaboration with numerous partners, Tarek Atrissi Design (NL) and AL-QALAM Foundation (EG) organised the activity programme ASIL, aimed at boosting an awareness of the need to preserve traditions and the authenticity of Arabic script in these times of digitalisation. The team organised lectures, workshops and a long-term course for talented local designers in Egypt. The team's extensive research has resulted in two new typefaces, inspired by traditions.

In this follow-up phase, the team is focusing on two new objectives: 1) preparing the new typefaces for publication, use and distribution, and 2) widely promoting the typefaces among professionals via lectures at universities, articles in relevant magazines and a social media campaign. This phase comprises the important final technical, design, promotional and practical support.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 3

Papyrus and New Media

Ba7r, 2020

'Papyrus and New Media' is a study by designer and writer Abla el Bahrawy into the significance of papyrus for the cultural identity of Egyptians today. The study consisted of a series of material experiments with papyrus and the development of a graphic novel in collaboration with local illustrators: Andeel, Cheb Makhloof & Migo Rollz, Mostafa Ahmed, Hani Mahfouz and Tawfig. The book was published by the Khatt Foundation and tells the story of the past, present and the potential future of papyrus.

This follow-up phase comprises the organisation of an online symposium, the development of an artistic book and a field trip to Syracuse, Italy. Hosted by Megawra-Built Environment Collective, El Bahrawy is organising the symposium to discuss the book with a group of illustrators and curators from the Netherlands and Cairo. Furthermore, the papyrus makers of Qarmoos, Sharkeyya, have been asked to develop a form of papyrus sheets based on the results of the material research and experimentation workshops. The illustrations of the graphic novel will subsequently be screen-printed on this material in the Jan van Eyck Academy's Charles Nyples Lab for use in an exhibition. Finally, El Bahrawy will visit papyrus plantations, a papyrus factory and the Papyrus Museum in Syracuse, Italy, to investigate the possibilities for collaboration with the representatives of these organisations.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 3

Taking Stock

Mariam Elnozahy, Wouter Osterholt, Elke Uitentuis, 2020

Taking Stock is an artistic study into the closure and resultant transformation of the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo. The project was initiated by Mariam Elnozahy, Wouter Osterholt and Elke Uitentuis. Through interactive drawing sessions, the team brought members of the local art community together to reflect on events in the cultural scene. During these sessions, the participants drew the material objects that were left behind in the Townhouse Gallery, to be presented on an online platform along with the stories of the objects.

In this follow-up phase, the team will organise an exhibition at Framer Framed in Amsterdam and the launch of an online platform in Cairo, as well as a number of sessions related to the exhibition, focused on the theme of “sustainable strategies for independent cultural institutions in increasingly uncertain times”. For this purpose, the team will invite representatives from cultural organisations in countries including Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and Palestina. The results will be published in the online magazine Mada Masr and fed back to upcoming local art initiatives, including 6 Bab Sharq in Alexandria and Studiokhana in Cairo.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call phase 3

We Are Data

Stichting IMPAKT & Cairotronica, 2020

'We Are Data' is an exchange programme organised by IMPAKT (NL) and Cairotronica (EG), focusing on the effects of today's data-driven society on our daily lives. The team has noticed that discussions about data collection, ownership and access still primarily focus on the American and European contexts. This project calls for more attention for the situation in Africa and other continents as well. In a series of workshops, six talented Egyptian makers (Shadwa Ali, Imane Ibrahim, Ahmed Aiuby, Ahmed Soleman, Mona Mankhlouf and Sabah El Hadid) collaborated with three Dutch makers (Coralie Vogelaar, Jeroen van Loon and Sabriana Verhage) to create new works, which they presented at the end of 2020 in an exhibition in the center of Cairo.

In this follow-up phase, the definitive works will be presented at the end of April 2021, as part of the Cairotronica Festival. Furthermore, the team will develop an interactive online platform containing a detailed documentation of the process, a recording of the final results at the festival, interviews with the makers and presentations by a group of international experts. The platform focuses on four themes: Data & Narrative, Data Bias & Discrimination, Data Governance & Accessibility and Data & Possible Future Scenarios.

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