creative industries fund nl
Grant Programme for Talent Development

Grant Programme for Talent Development

Closing dates:

6 March 2019

Budget: € 900.000

The Creative Industries Fund NL uses the Grant Programme for Talent Development to support a new generation of designers and makers – working in the fields of architecture, design or digital culture – in further developing and profiling their own exceptional professional ability. This development is supported by the strengthening of their own cultural entrepreneurship.

Selected applicants receive a working grant of € 25,000 for a period of 12 months. The grant consists of three parts: one freely disposable part for their own artistic and professional development, one part for the professionalization of their own practice and one part for presentation purposes.

There is one application round per year. Click here to see the selected makers and designers in the 2017-2018 application round.
The Talent Development Grant Programme is intended for designers and makers who graduated a maximum of four years ago from a relevant study in the field of architecture, design or art & media technology.

Application as a studio or collective:
The subsidy that can be applied for under the Grant Programme for Talent Development is awarded to an individual designer or maker. However, you may also apply for the grant as a studio or collective, which means that a single grant of € 25,000 per studio or collective can be awarded.

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 working grant is awarded on the basis of a development plan formulated by the applicant. This plan must contribute to both the artistic and professional development of the maker or designer. The development plan describes activities that can contribute in this area and also activities that contribute to the presentation of the work.
The evaluation takes place in two phases. In phase 1, the evaluation focuses on:
the quality of the maker's work;
the contribution to professional practice and the expectation of the extent to which this will become an inspiring example for professional colleagues and audiences with wider interests;
the degree of reflection on the applicant's own position within the design field.

In phase 2, the evaluation focuses on:
the extent to which the proposed activities contribute to the applicant's own artistic and professional development;
a firm belief in the potential and characteristics for development;
the extent to which the activities reach a suitable audience;
the extent to which the various applications together contribute to the objectives of this grant programme.
Phase 1:
1. an application form consisting of:
contact details (including nationality)
bank account number
project title
name of the institute (university/academy) you graduated from
name of educational programme/department
title (aka master or bachelor of design/fine arts/science)
date of graduation (this should be after 6 March 2015)
discipline (design/architecture/digital culture/interdisciplinary)
subdiscipline (depends on main discipline)
description on how your work/practice relates to the selected discipline(s) (max. 200 words)
2. motivation letter, up to 2 pages, as PDF (portrait, A4 size, max. 650 words)
in this letter you reflect on your own practice and work and how you want to develop these further. Describe your artistic and conceptual approach and how these manifest in your work and practice
3. portfolio:
up to 15 pages (portrait, A4 size, max. 15 MB);
a description of substantive and artistic principles and how they are expressed in the work (up to 100 words);
visual documentation: work from the past 2 to 3 years with corresponding to data such as title, year, size, technique, etc. Optional additional information per project (max. 50 words e.g. about context, cooperation, type of plan). Clearly state your own share in cooperation projects;
If you add moving images: link to an online platform (Vimeo, Youtube, or equivalent). Stills including a caption should be included in the pdf file of each film. The maximum duration is 10 minutes. If you want to show several films, make a compilation of up to 10 minutes.
4. CV, maximum 2 pages (portrait, A4 size)
5. copy of your degree from a relevant study in the field of architecture, design or digital culture, as PDF (max. 2 pages)
6. copy of Chamber of Commerce registration (KvK)
NB. If you have the Dutch Nationality you can also apply with a foreign Chamber of Commerce registration.

Phase 2:
The advisory committee compiles a longlist on the basis of phase 1. Selected applicants on the longlist are given approximately four weeks to formulate a development plan. Selected applicants will receive a € 1,000 grant to write this development plan. This plan describes the intended activities which contribute to the applicant's own artistic and professional development. The plan relates to the entire grant period of 12 months.

Subsidy Regulations and Grant Programme for Talent Development
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 Talent Development (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.

Do you have any other questions? See if your question is answered in the FAQ or get in touch with the Fund.
After your application has been submitted, the Fund office checks whether you comply with the formal requirements as listed in the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the Grant Programme for Talent Development.

An advisory committee will evaluate your request on the basis of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the Grant Programme for Talent Development. The committee primarily evaluates the extent to which your application is aligned with the criteria listed in Articles 16 - 21 of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the specific objective of the Grant Programme for Talent Development (Article 1 of the Grant Programme for Talent Development (PDF)). The committee will issue a recommendation to the Creative Industries Fund NL’s Board. View the composition of the advisory committee for the Talent Development Grant Programme here.

The evaluation within the Talent Development Grant Programme consists of two phases: The advisory committee compiles a longlist on the basis of the portfolio, the CV and the motivation letter. The selected applicants on the longlist are asked to formulate a development plan. The second-phase selection takes place on the basis of these development plans.

The board will take the committee's recommendation into account in their decision to award the grant or not. The selection for the longlist in the first phase will be announced approximately six weeks after the closing date of the application round. All the applicants will receive a report in which the committee presents an impression of the evaluated applications. In this phase no individual feedback is provided.

In the second phase, the committee awards a maximum of 26 grants. This selection will be announced at the end of July. Every applicant who has submitted a development plan will receive personal feedback about the evaluation. The grant period for the selected applicants runs from August to October the following year.

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 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:
Marieke Ladru
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 Talent Development


Grant Programme for Talent Development Talent development

Job van den Berg

Job van den Berg, 2018

Job van den Berg obtained his Bachelor of Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2015. Van den Berg is a furniture-product designer with a special interest in research into materials and industrial production processes. From this perspective, he wants to explore and extend the existing boundaries of materials and their treatment processes. He works directly with the industry and develops products from start to finish. He subsequently aims to make this tangible and accessible to a wide audience through presentations. The projects he will focus on in the coming year are: Metal Skins, Glasslab and O-Series. In addition, he is exploring the possibilities for setting up a design label, he will collaborate with various parties in the industry and would like to follow a course in meditation.

Grant Programme for Talent Development Talent development

Studio Bernhard Lenger

Studio Bernhard Lenger, 2018

Bernhard Lenger graduated in Man and Leisure from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2016. As a designer he focuses on connecting the design world with the world of international law, politics and human rights. He does this based on the conviction that designers can have a positive impact on social issues and can possibly bring about system change through their creative process. In the coming year he will develop a new design methodology and further position himself as a designer who works together with government institutions and other organizations. In this way he aims to put design more firmly on the agenda. He will also further professionalize his We Are studio and foundation and acquire skills in preparation for his field research in Burundi, for instance by following a course in European Policies and a Physical Security training.

Grant Programme for Talent Development Talent development


Ninamounah, 2018

In 2017 Ninamounah Langestraat obtained her bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Ninamounah is a fashion designer who uses fashion as a research method from the perspective of biology and anthropology. Ninamounah is driven by an interest in humanity and investigates how the clothed human is celebrated, but also repressed as a result of cultural-historical structures. In the coming year, Ninamounah wants to professionalize her design and production practice and within it explore environmentally friendly production, without compromising on her aesthetics. She would also like to present her brand to a wider audience that is independent of market-driven investors and public funding. One of the places she will present her work is at the Paris Fashion Week.

Grant Programme for Talent Development Talent development

Gino Anthonisse

Gino Anthonisse, 2018

Gino Anthonisse graduated in 2014 from the Fashion and Textiles Department of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK). As a clothing designer Anthonisse focuses on the role of fashion within our current society and his position herein. For Anthonisse, fashion is more than just clothing, because he believes it’s about an experience. He often strips clothing of its function and searches within this context for new combinations of classic garments, ethnic elements and various materials and techniques. In the past year he has mainly been involved with the collective Das Leben am Haverkamp. In the coming year he wants to focus primarily on his personal professionalization. Anthonisse will experiment with ‘living collage installations’ in which performance, clothing, photography and sound come together in sculptural forms.

Grant Programme for Talent Development Talent development

Vera de Pont

Vera de Pont, 2018

Vera de Pont graduated in 2017 from the Applied Arts master at the Sandberg Institute, after obtaining a bachelor’s degree at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. De Pont designs and creates fashion in which redesign, customization and on-demand production are central, in order to contribute to a more sustainable fashion industry. In her development plan, De Pont focuses on developing a digital parametric design model to enable 3D visualization and personalized production. Under the name The Assembly Lab, the designer is developing software that is accessible to the end user and generates a digital file as output that can serve as input for a 3D printer or digital embroidery machine. The result will be a small collection of five jackets, made using the software and digital production methods.

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