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Grant Programme for Internationalization

Grant Programme for Internationalization

Closing dates:

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

(An)other Vernacular

Afaina de Jong & Grafikens Hus, 2019

(An)other Vernacular is a collaboration between architect Afaina de Jong and Grafikens Hus, a museum for graphic design in Södertälje, Sweden. In the project (An)other Vernacular, De Jong investigates how spatial and graphic elements can construct identity and presence within the context of the 21st-century city. (An)other Vernacular evaluates the dominant architectural paradigm within contemporary urban life. The project aims to create a public space that offers a different perspective to the dominant culture.
The first part of the project is based on on-site research in the form of direct observation of people and communities in their urban environment. In addition to this research, the Grafikens Hus facilitates monthly participatory design workshops with Afaina de Jong and local residents. The project results in the design of a public pavilion to be opened in the summer of 2020.

This project was honored from the Open Call Talent Development in an International Context 2018

Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call

Ceramic Residency Kasia Zareba

Studio Kasia Zareba & Vista Alegre, 2019

Designer Kasia Zareba was selected to develop her project during the residency programme in Portugal at IDPool (International Design Pool), the creative laboratory of ceramic company Vista Alegre. During the residency, Zareba will investigate the influence of colour on the perception of objects and the influence of colour on the environment. Her objective is to learn about ceramic production processes in the context of large modern company Vista Alegre. In a subsequent step, Zareba will implement the knowledge gained in the production of her own brand Krafla, which she set up together with Paulina Pająk and in which she collaborates with other young designers. The residency takes place from 7 January to 29 March 2019.

This project was honored from the Open Call Talent Development in an International Context 2018

Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call

We, the Presidents of Planet Earth

Stëfan Schäfer & Archive Books, 2019

We, the Presidents of Planet Earth is a design study and publication on how collective memory operates within a culturally defined perception of time, taking Russia as its starting point. The core of the book is a dialogue between the futuristic poet Velimir Khlebnikov and the Kalmyks, a Mongolian minority in Russia. These two worlds are connected and portrayed in different ways. The starting point is the 'zeg' (eyelid) symbol, which is important in the culture of the Kalmyk people but has changed its meaning under the influence of other cultures. Within this trajectory Schäfer works together with artist Jasmijn Visser and Berlin scientist Elena Vogman. Archive Books is a relevant partner in guiding work with experimental and alternative narrative structures. The publication and the study will be presented with an additional public programme at the end of 2019 at Stroom The Hague, Archive Books Berlin and the Museum of Moscow.

This project was honored from the Open Call Talent Development in an International Context 2018

Grant Programme for Internationalization Open call

Building Floating, Circular and Resilient Communities

Space & Matter & ONE Architecture, 2019

Space & Matter and ONE Architecture are together developing an urban vision for creating floating, circular and resilient communities in the US. They are focusing on three specific and tangible urban transformation locations, situated in former port areas and subject to flood risks. The locations are the San Francisco Bay area, the Boston Waterfront and New York's Red Hook. The latter is the pilot site. Space & Matter brings relevant knowledge and experience from their Dutch design practice to this project. In Amsterdam they were developers and co-developers of the projects De Ceuvel and the SchoonSchip, which are also located within a flood-sensitive Urban Delta. SchoonSchip and De Ceuvel both originated as bottom-up initiatives with a circular design and self-sufficiency in energy. Progress will be presented at the Smart Cities conference in New York in May 2019 and at the Chicago Biennale in September 2019.

This project was conditionally honored from the Open Call Talent Development in an International Context 2018

Grant Programme for Internationalization Start-up grant

Body Building

Cookies, 2019

'Body Building' is a project by the Dutch designstudio Cookies on the work by Lina Bo Bardi and Clarice Lispector. They were part of the movement to create a new radical language in Brazil between 1950 and 1980, when the country was subject to intense political unrest. Both produced works that redefined structural and linear parameters in architecture and literature. In Teatro Oficina, the iconic building by Bo Bardi in Sao Paulo, Cookies will stage a presentation/performance of the text 'The Egg and the Chicken' by Lispector. Incorporating stage architecture, art, animation, acting and costume design, this project represents a collaboration that expands the definition of theatre, architecture and design. The knowledge and experience gained will be brought back to the Netherlands through lectures, workshops and performances with partners such as Het Nieuwe Instituut.

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