creative industries fund nl
Grant Programme for Internationalization

Grant Programme for Internationalization

Closing dates:

16 May 2018
10 October 2018

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

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

SXSW: AstroPlant – a new generation of space farmers


Thieme Hennis has received a voucher in relation to the workshop he is organizing together with Angelo Vermeulen (BE) and Beth Healy (UK), with the title ‘AstroPlant – a new generation of space farmers’. AstroPlant is a ‘citizen science’ project by Border Labs and the European Space Agency (ESA) to spark the interest of young creatives for space exploration and topics such as controlled plant growth, food in space, circular systems and electronics. Using an open source kit, in the workshop the ‘citizen scientists’ will generate relevant data about plant growth for research into regenerative ecosystems for Earth as well as Mars.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Open Call

SXSW: The Living Museum


The Fund is supporting The Living Museum, an exhibition/performance programme curated by Chafik Benhmidouch, in which the focus is crossovers between music and fashion, art and technology. The programme is being staged in the New Dutch Wave House, where Dutch participants are presenting their work. The Living Museum is part of the SXSW / UNESCO Media Arts Exhibition. Lisette Ros, Cata.Pirata and Chagall are among the Dutch creatives who are presenting work within this ground-breaking programme.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Event

Bangkok Design Week 2018 'The New-ist Vibes' - Here and There

Bora Hong, 2017

The Bangkok Design Week (BKKDW) takes place in February 2018. As part of this large-scale event designer and curator Bora Hong is organizing a programme centred round Dutch designers, including Lucas Maassen, Marije Vogelzang and Studio Makkink & Bey. The programme will be a follow-up to a similar one that she organized for the Chiang Mai Design Week in 2016. The BKKDW programme takes tourism as its overarching theme and Hong has invited the designers to develop projects in Thailand based on this theme. The results are to be showcased in exhibitions, installations, lectures and workshops during the BKKDW. In addition, the programme provides networking opportunities where the Dutch delegation can get together with Thai designers and potential Thai commissioning bodies. Hong’s collaborative partners for this project are Thailand Creative & Design Center (the organizers of BKKDW) and Wallpaper* Thailand.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Event

Make City - Festival for Architecture and Urban Alternatives 2018

Make Shift, 2017

In 2018 Berlin hosts the second edition of the international festival ‘Make City’, subtitled ‘Berlin Remixing’. The festival brings together different perspectives from architecture, urban planning, the maker culture, civic participation and politics, as a way of reflecting on present day issues in the field of urban development. For a period of 17 days, visitors can attend conferences, studio talks, guided tours and urban hubs. One of the urban hubs - dubbed ‘Stadtwerken’ (Cityworks) - is dominated by the innovative Dutch design practice. Following on from a visit to the Netherlands supported by Het Nieuwe Instituut, several Dutch participants were selected whose work closely reflects themes addressed by the festival: Design and Circular Economy, Reuse and Urban Renewal, Civic Participation and Urban Governance. The senate of Berlin is the main partner of the project, which involves more than 90 other partners for the financing and fleshing-out of the festival.

Grant Programme for Internationalization Festival

Face Value - Transmediale 2018

Kulturprojekte Berlin, 2017

Transmediale is an annual media festival that marks its 31st anniversary in Berlin in January 2018. The theme of this edition is Face Value. The organizers maintain that issues in political discourse are currently mainly valued for what they (appear) to be on the surface, instead of what they could be or what lies behind the immediately visible. The festival will put this contemporary attitude under the microscope. Transmediale festival will explore what lies behind the face value of things by means of lectures, debates, panel discussions, film screenings and exhibitions, which address media art in all its different manifestations. As part of the exploration the value of the represented participants’ work will be scrutinized. The organizers are specifically applying for a grant for the participation in the festival of Dutch and Netherlands-based researchers and (media) artists. These include Nana Adusei-Poku (panel discussion), Florian Cramer (unmoderated dialogue), Femke Herregraven (exhibition and panel discussion), Zachary Formwalt (film screening), Johan van der Keuken (film screening) and Belit Sağ (film screening and Q&A).

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