creative industries fund nl
Grant Programme for Talent Development

Grant Programme for Talent Development

Closing dates:

6 March 2020

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.

There is one application round per year. The next application deadline is 6 March 2020. Click here to see previous selected makers and designers.

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.
The Talent Development Grant Programme is intended for designers and makers who graduated no more than four years ago from a relevant course of study in the field of architecture, design or digital culture. Makers who followed another course of study may also be eligible for a working grant. The condition in this case is that the curriculum of the course followed is predominantly in line with the creative industry and the portfolio demonstrates that the maker is active within one of the disciplines or subdisciplines. Designers who do not have Dutch nationality can only apply if they have obtained a diploma at a Dutch educational institution, are registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce and live in the Netherlands.

application as a studio or collective
The subsidy under the Talent Development Grant Programme is awarded to individual designers or makers. However, studios or collectives may also apply for the working grant. A single grant of € 25,000 can be awarded per studio or collective.

when is it not possible to apply for a working grant?
A working grant for talent development cannot be applied for while following education at institutions, for instance Bachelor's and Master's programmes. So these courses of study may not be part of an application or development plan.
The same applies to postgraduate or postgraduate programmes, for instance at the Rijksakademie, De Ateliers, the Jan van Eyck Academie and BAK. These residences/institutions have a structural subsidy relationship with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

To receive a subsidy, applicants must be registered in the trade register of the Chamber of Commerce (or a foreign equivalent).
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. motivation letter, up to 2 pages, as PDF (portrait, A4 size)
2. 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.
3. CV, maximum 2 pages (portrait, A4 size)
4. copy of your degree from a relevant study in the field of architecture, design or digital culture, as PDF (max. 2 pages)

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. 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:
Marieke Ladru
Sharvin Ramjan

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

grants issued Talent Development


Grant Programme for Talent Development Talent development

Yavez Anthonio

Yavez Anthonio, 2019

Yavez Anthonio is a photographer and director. He wants to bring relevant, original and important stories of minority groups into focus through the use of visual materials. After graduating with a Bachelor of Advertising at the Willem de Kooning Academie, Anthonio dedicated himself to photography and directing for various brands and magazines. He has now decided that he would like to focus more on his non-commissioned work and the further professionalisation of his practice. The 'Rivers of January' project is at the core of his development plan. For this project, Anthonio is going to record and document youth culture in Rio de Janeiro, a city that, according to Anthonio, has many positive aspects as well as the challenges associated with the current political climate. He would like to attend various workshops to further develop his technical skills. The results of 'Rivers of January' will be shown at exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Grant Programme for Talent Development Talent development

Marwan Magroun

Marwan Magroun, 2019

Marwan Magroun is a photographer and art director with a passion for the city of Rotterdam. Magroun feels that issues such as emancipation, integration and the diversity of the city are not or rarely represented in the visual culture and he aims to change this. His development plan focuses on the 'Life of Fathers' project, where Magroun looks at fathers with a bicultural background who are actively involved in the parenting process. According to Magroun, a lot of fathers feel they need to resist the stereotypical images projected onto them. Magroun uses a series of photographs and a documentary to give an intimate look into these fathers' lives. Marwan Magroun would like to have a residency with the photographer and filmmaker Khalik Allah for the further professionalisation and artistic development of his work. 'The Life of Fathers' will be shown at various venues, possibly including the IFFR.

Grant Programme for Talent Development Talent development

Chiara Dorbolò

Chiara Dorbolò, 2019

Architect Chiara Dorbolò graduated from the Academie van Bouwkunst/Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Academy of Architecture/Amsterdam University of the Arts) with a master's degree in 2017. Chiara's work is centred on the role of architecture in the current, profit driven, socioeconomic system. She aims to offer a different perspective which could redefine the significance of the discipline. She wants to develop an approach that combines architectural criticism with design and focuses on a sustainable future. In the coming year, Chiara is going to research remarkable visionary and utopian practices from the sixties and seventies that push the boundaries of the architectonic discipline. She is also developing her storytelling by learning new skills in the areas of creative writing, visual techniques and the performing arts. In the end she will present a collection of conceptual subjects, titled 'Ordinary Utopian Follies', to serve as a manifesto for her new approach to architecture.

Grant Programme for Talent Development Talent development

Arvand Pourabbasi

Arvand Pourabbasi, 2019

Arvand Pourabbasi obtained his Master's degree in Interior Architecture at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Art) in The Hague in 2017. His work focuses on living and working conditions, nomadic themes and temporary urban installations. Next year, he is going to focus on the concepts of 'comfort' and 'exhaustion'. According to Arvand, being productive is a romanticised idea which ignores exhaustion, procrastination and anxiety. Leisure time as a moment of rest and comfort is not used properly but is part of the capitalist logic which merely sees it as a time for people to recharge so they are ready to go back to work. The development plan consists of three phases whereby comfort and exhaustion are expressed through spatial arrangements, physical expression, rituals, (performative) objects and technologies. As part of the development project Pourabbassi will talk to various professionals, including the designer Jurgen Bey and design studio Refunc as well as physiotherapists and psychologists (prof. Wilmar Schaufeli). The artist duo Bik van de Pol will advise him on spatial and interdisciplinary practices. He will also visit the Lisbon Architecture Triennial (October 2019), the Sharjah Architecture Triennial (November 2019) and the ECCE 2019 - European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics (Belfast, Northern Ireland). All projects will be concluded with spatial installations, interventions and social-urban events.

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Katarzyna Nowak


Katarzyna Nowak completed her Master's in Architecture in 2016 at the Academie van Bouwkunst (Academy of Architecture) in Rotterdam. During her studies she became fascinated by the relationship between art and the environment. For her final project 'Art in context' she researched the optimal spatial conditions for art and how these conditions are experienced. Next year, she will further develop this concept as part of her 'Art in the City' project, an architectonic proposal for an experimental museum typology for Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. She will work with experts and curators to acquire additional knowledge in the areas of art, exhibitions and museum design. She will also extend her existing network and establish new connections with professionals, including Saskia van Stein. With the support of a business consultant, Katarzyna will develop a (business) strategy and a communication and promotion plan for the further professionalisation of her practice. The research findings will be presented at the Museumcongres 2020, and other places.

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