This series of open calls has been made possible thanks to the supplementary budget (announcement in Dutch) that Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven made available to the Fund in 2018 to give an extra boost to internationalization & talent development in the creative industries. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) is keen to help leading talents to position themselves internationally with this supplementary support.
For this 2018 open call, Creative Industries NL is setting aside €125,000. The maximum grant per project is €25,000.
Depending on the project, the collaborations can take a diversity of forms, such as a research project, presentation or residency.
The stipulations for a project being eligible for a grant are:
the designer/creative/architect must rank among the leading talents in the creative industries;
the designer/creative/architect has Dutch nationality or has a practice that is registered in the Netherlands;
the foreign partner boasts an excellent reputation;
at least 50% of the total project costs are covered by co-funding, of which a substantial proportion will be contributed by the foreign partner;
a form of presentation that is relevant for the project is included as the conclusion of the process;
there is no question of a commissioner/client relationship between the two parties.
the rationale for how the project contributes to the development of your own professional and artistic practice;
a clear and concise description of the international activities that will be undertaken;
a concise description of the foreign institution, organization or enterprise (or combination thereof) that is involved;
a motivation for the choice of this partner (or partners);
a declaration of intent that includes an explanation by the foreign institution, organization or enterprise about the collaboration and the intended outcome;2. budget + planning: an overview of estimated costs, income and planning, including an estimated number of working hours
If the application fails to satisfy the description outlined above, it cannot be put forward for evaluation.
Apply for your login for the online application environment in good time and familiarize yourself with the application form. The validation of a new user account can take up to one working day.
You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail within one week after the deadline.
In order to receive a grant you must be registered with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).
contributes to talent development: the project fosters the further artistic or professional development of individual talent;
promotes artistic quality: the project is focused on the continuation, further development and promotion of one’s personal aptitude, while the designer in question will be seen as an inspiring example for colleagues and a broader interested public;
strengthens the international reputation of contemporary Dutch creative industries.
the extent to which the designers, creatives, critics and/or curators from the creative industries (digital culture, design, architecture) rank among the country’s trailblazers and occupy a distinctive position;
the extent to which the foreign institution, organization or enterprise involved has an outstanding reputation;
the level and means of co-funding by the foreign partner;
the extent to which the proposed plan contributes to the ongoing artistic and professional development of the applicant;
the quality and form of the collaboration;
the extent to which the proposal is consistent in intent and purpose, the expertise involved and public reach;
the extent to which it is relevant for the Netherlands.
The rapid growth of cities is a topic that is relevant in the four countries that the open call is focusing on, resulting in new relationships between street culture, identity and public space, as well as between the city and the countryside. The appropriation of the city by various parties – grassroots and top-down, public and private, established and emerging – takes a diversity of forms, in the physical as well as the virtual domain. Designers are being asked to put topical themes that relate to the city, its surroundings and users on the agenda, to question them or propose solutions. This calls for cross-disciplinary and context-sensitive collaborations at the interface of culture, new media, technology, craft, society and the new economy.
The project team (of Dutch and local partners) adopts a standpoint concerning sustainable and inclusive societies within the theme that the project focuses on. The plan provides insight into how and why various stakeholders will be involved with the project. Projects can take a diversity of forms, from artistic, speculative or design-based research to the implementation of a pilot, intervention or campaign. The perspective of Turkish, Russian, Egyptian or Moroccan parties is crucial and should be embedded in the project.
This is a follow-up to the first series of Open Calls focused on these four countries that the Fund issued previously. As a result of findings concerning the first series of open calls, the Fund is more emphatically seeking for projects that relate to disciplines in the fields of design and digital culture, as well as every possible crossover.
budget and support in two phases
The support of the selected projects is divided into two phases:
Phase 1 lasts up to 3 months for exploration, preparatory research, the consolidation of the collaborations as well as the garnering of support and co-funding. The first phase results in an detailed project plan for Phase 2;
Phase 2 is intended for implementation of the project plan as elaborated in Phase 1.
Request your login details for the online application environment in good time and familiarize yourself with the application form. The validation of a new user account can take up to one working day.
There is no opportunity to submit a draft project plan to the Fund, but until 14 January 2019 you can request preparatory advice. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail within 14 days after the deadline.
The relevance of the theme;
The degree to which content and the project’s form enhance each other and are distinctive;
The degree of fully fledged collaboration in the project;
An evenly balanced sharing of the budget.The Fund will, where needed, seek the advice of the Dutch Embassies and/or Consulates in the countries concerned regarding the cooperation between Dutch and local parties within the proposed collaboration.
establish long-term collaborations and networks (of expertise) between the Netherlands and Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco;
strengthen projects that are locally interwoven and are based on a local requirement;
promote an inclusive and egalitarian approach to tasks, collaborations and interchange.