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Open calls

Open calls

The Creative Industries Fund NL puts topical themes on the agenda by means of open calls that are prompted by its various programmes or by collaborations with other funding bodies. The open calls are quick and easily accessible procedures, for which an application that provides a limited amount of information can be submitted. Please note the website is only partially translated. For a full version, please check the Dutch website.

current open calls


Open Call Space for talent #5

The Creative Industries Fund NL invites architects, designers and makers to submit a proposal for research, experimentation or the development of new knowledge in collaboration with a lab, development site or workplace. By means of this open call, the Fund aims to enable designers to create an environment together with a partner, where joint experimenting, establishing new relationships and sharing knowledge are central. Deadline is Wednesday, 2 September 2020.

For the fifth and lastround of the Open Call Space for Talent, the Fund is making € 250,000 available. This allows 10 special collaborations to be supported.

set-up of the open call
The maximum contribution per project is € 25,000. A condition for support is that it concerns a new collaboration between a designer and a partner that makes an intrinsic contribution and facilitates the project. Depending on the project, the collaborations can vary in form. Examples are research (including material research) within a lab, a residency programme at a knowledge institute, a special collaboration with a development site or experimental research with a partner from the industry or the business community.

Click here and here for previously supported projects.

The subsidy is divided into two parts: € 15,000 is reserved for the designer and
€ 10,000 for the partner's facilities and knowledge. The sums are granted under the condition that there is a collaboration agreement, which must be submitted no later than 4 weeks after the grant has been awarded. You can find a proforma collaboration agreement here.

the designer/maker/architect has Dutch nationality or a practice registered in the Netherlands;
the partner is based in the Netherlands;
the designer acts as the coordinator, i.e. they submit the application on behalf of the collaborating parties;
a rationale from the designer that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the designer, and the added value of the project for the designer's development;
a letter of motivation/declaration of intent from the partner that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the designer, and the added value of the project for the partner. It also describes the duration and nature of the working period, the facilities, knowledge and working environment that the partner offers, the manner of collaboration and the intended result;
there is no question of a commissioning-client relationship between the parties;
a form of knowledge-sharing or presentation relevant to the project is included;
the design and implementation of the project takes into account the limitations of the COVID-19 measures/the 1.5-metre-society.

no grant will be awarded to designers who are already receiving support under the Talent Development Grant Programme to execute their development plan.
organizations that receive subsidy on the basis of the Multi-year or One-year Activities Grant Programmes or from the BIS (National Basic Cultural Infrastructure) are not eligible for subsidy under this Open Call unless it concerns a new collaborative project that does not fall under the already supported programme.
an organization can be supported a maximum of two times under this grant programme. A designer can receive in total a maximum of one grant through the implementation of this open call.

The application can be submitted until Wednesday, 2 September 2020 at the latest via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. Select 'Grant Programme/Open Call' and then choose 'Space for Talent #5'.

N.B.: For this open call, it is not possible to submit a draft proposal to the Fund for advice.

The application consists of:
1. A project plan (max. 10 pages A4) containing:
a description of the activities;
a description of the collaboration and facilities;
aim and organization of the project;
the method of knowledge sharing between designer and partner;
intended results, addressing the way in which the project contributes to the development of your own professional and artistic practice;
a rationale for the choice of this partner by the designer;
a plan for presentation or knowledge sharing for third parties.
2. A letter of motivation/declaration of intent from the partner that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the designer, and the added value of the project for the partner. It also describes the duration and nature of the working period, the facilities, knowledge and working environment that the partner offers, the manner of collaboration and the intended result.
3. Budget + planning: an overview of the partner's budgeted costs up to a maximum sum of € 10,000. An overview of the designer's budgeted costs up to a maximum sum of € 15,000. Planning of activities, including estimated hours involved. The Fund contributes a maximum of € 65 excl. VAT to the hourly rate of the applicant and the equivalent collaboration partner. As an indication: if the € 15,000 reserved for the designer is spent in its entirety on hours, the designer can work on the project for a maximum of 230 hours. A designer/partner can contribute their own unpaid hours or work for a lower hourly rate. If this is the case, the designer/partner must motivate this situation. For more information on fair compensation, the Fund refers you to the Fair Practice Code.
4. CVs of the parties involved: with relevant information about (working) experience relating to the intended project (max. 4 pages).
5. A portfolio from the designer and information about the partner (max. 15 A4 pages).
6. Proof of registration with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (no older than 1 year).

A committee of external advisers will be consulted for the evaluation of the applications. This panel will prioritize a number of proposals. Its evaluation will include the extent to which the proposal is in keeping with the aim of this Open Call.
Specifically, the following criteria will be addressed:
1. The quality and the expected development of the designer within the project; the committee also examines the investigative attitude of the designer. It considers the cohesion between question, purpose and set-up, and the way this is expressed in the project.
2. The quality of the partner and the form of the collaboration. The committee also looks at the facilities and expertise of the partner and whether these match the designer's question. It also considers the form of collaboration and knowledge sharing, and examines whether the collaboration goes further than the partner's regular practice.
3. The feasibility and viability of the project. For this aspect, the committee assesses the extent to which the structure and planning are realistic.
4. The relevance of the project. Here the committee looks at whether the project is distinctive. It pays specific attention to the positioning within the work field and/or themes to which the designer relates.

Each advisor evaluates each dossier individually on the basis of the above criteria. A five-point scale is used for this purpose:
1. poor;
2. moderate;
3. sufficient;
4. good;
5. very good.

N.B.: Criterion 1, the quality of the project and the expected development, will be given more weight in the evaluation.

N.B.: In the design and implementation of the project, take into account the limitations of the COVID-19 measures. We ask you to reflect on this in the proposal. In the evaluation, the feasibility and viability of the project in relation to the COVID-19 measures will be taken into account.

The evaluation of an Open Call takes the form of a tender: this means that, within the available budget, a number of proposals will be prioritized over other submissions. Only projects with a positive evaluation can be supported.
You will receive confirmation of receipt by e-mail at the latest one week after the closing date. All applicants will be informed of the results of the open call. In addition, the Fund will only communicate about the selected proposals.
The processing and evaluation of the proposals submitted will be carried out within the framework of the Subsidy Regulations. Any subsidy will be awarded on the basis of these Subsidy Regulations. Important in this context is Article 7, paragraph 2, which allows for a special procedure for Open Calls. For this Open Call, the following articles in these Regulations do not apply:
Article 5, paragraph 3 under a
Article 5, paragraph 4 under b
Article 11, paragraph 2, under a and c, and paragraph 3, under a
Article 13, under b
Articles 16 to 21
Article 22, paragraph 3

available budget
Creative Industries Fund NL is setting aside a maximum of € 250,000 for this Open Call. The maximum contribution per application is € 25,000, of which a maximum of € 10,000 is earmarked for the partner. The subsidy is intended for activities in the Netherlands that contribute to the artistic and/or professional development of designers from the creative industries. The selected proposals will receive a grant from a supplementary budget being provided by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) for talent development and workplaces in the creative industries.

The selection will be announced by the end of October at the latest, by e-mail and on the Fund's website. For specific questions about the Open Call and procedure, please contact Sharvin Ramjan at or Carlijn Limburg at Both can also be reached at 010-436 1600.

POSTPONED: Open Call Residency Tanger, Morocco

Attention: the Open Call Residency Tanger, Morocco is closed until further notice.

The Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund are jointly offering two residency periods at Think Tanger in the Moroccan city of Tanger in 2020 and 2021.

The working period at Think Tanger offers promising designers, makers and artists the space to carry out research, broaden their network and develop their own work, where the theme of 'Informal Utopias' is an important part of the residency. There are places for two designers and two visual artists. The Fund is reserving a maximum budget of € 11,000 for this open call, intended for the support of two designers.

Morocco's cultural sector is becoming increasingly internationally connected. Where previous generations of makers and artists have paved the way, a young generation of Moroccan makers and artists is taking art and culture to new heights. Currents and styles are mixed and remixed, and popular culture exists alongside established art, but they are also combined with each other. Morocco's geographical location makes it a crossroads of influences and styles. The cultural scene is co-formed by the children of migrants outside Morocco, who consciously choose to settle in Morocco in order to set up cultural projects there. In this way, a new generation of artists, designers, programme makers and curators is shaping the art and culture scene in North Africa from the inside out. Bringing together and learning from each other's perspectives, skills and values is one of the reasons for this residency.

Think Tanger
Think Tanger was founded in 2016. As a platform, Think Tanger actively questions the contemporary social and spatial effects of the city's development, exploring new forms and perspectives. Using a bottom-up approach, it addresses themes such as self-organization, street culture, identity and appropriation of public space in relation to large-scale developments. Think Tanger initiates and facilitates projects at the intersection of visual arts, crafts, design and research. In addition, participatory workshops, talks, open studios, exhibitions, podcasts and residencies are organized.

Tanger is a port city in the north of Morocco. In the last 20 years, Tanger has been undergoing major changes due to economic and industrial prosperity. This has influenced the structure of Tanger at a social, spatial and cultural level. Many of these large-scale developments lack a social and sustainable perspective and, as a result, the local population experiences only limited involvement. At the same time, there is a resilient community in Tanger that is nonetheless making the city its own. This manifests itself, for example, in the creation of collective gardens, alternative routes and self-construction. These interventions shape the city and transform the urban, social and economic fabric in a way that is defined as 'informal urbanism'. This makes Tanger a city with many different layers, a city where tradition is being challenged by renewal.

the residency
Think Tanger aims to explore and develop a critical discourse on informal practices and city fluxes in Tanger. Within this framework, Think Tanger invites designers, makers and artists to investigate the spatial dynamics of Tanger through objects, shapes, colours, textures and sound. See the Think Tanger website here.

The residents are housed in an apartment, each with their own room. The living room, bathroom and kitchen are shared. Think Tanger provides guidance on content and practical matters and connects the residents with their network. Residents also have access to the graphic Atelier Kissaria, which has a screen-printing studio at its disposal. Part of this residency is a public final presentation. The form of the final presentation is determined in consultation with the residents. During the residency period, one or two open studio sessions will be organized, to which a suitable audience will be invited. Think Tanger asks each resident to contribute to the platform's archive by leaving behind a work created during the residency period, in close consultation with the resident.

who is this residency for?
The residency can be applied for by designers and makers via the Creative Industries Fund NL, and by visual artists through the Mondriaan Fund. Per period, a designer and a maker will work at the same time at Think Tanger. Residents are expected to have a flexible and open attitude towards the context and the local people. Duos or joint ventures (temporary or otherwise) cannot apply for this residency.

amount and working period
The working periods offered are:
1 October 2020 until 31 December 2020
1 May until 31 July 2021

The preferred period of residence must be indicated on the application form. The aim is to grant the period of preference if at all possible.
A fixed contribution of € 5,500 per resident is made available for travel, material, transport and accommodation costs. The contribution includes an amount for a trip through Morocco, which takes place during a two-week break within the residency period. The resident decides the content of this trip themselves. The living accommodation rent, work space, coordination, guidance and presentation are settled directly with Think Tanger by the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund.

evaluation criteria
All the applications received that fulfil the formal conditions and include all the requested attachments are presented to an advisory committee. The committee evaluates the quality and development of the applicant's work in relation to the location and theme, and the extent to which the proposed activities contribute to the applicant's own artistic and professional development.
It does so on the basis of:
the applicant's motivation for this specific residency
portfolio (max. 15 pages A4)
the applicant's CV (max. 2 pages A4)

A concrete project proposal is therefore not necessary, but a motivation for this residency and a good description of the plans and ideas the applicant wants to implement during the working period is required. In all cases, the committee advises first and foremost on the artistic quality of the portfolio. It then advises on motivation and plans in relation to the location. Only proposals with a positive evaluation will be considered for support.

The processing and evaluation of the submitted proposals is carried out within the framework of the Creative Industries Fund NL's Subsidy Regulations. Important in this context is Article 7, paragraph 2, which allows for a special procedure for open calls. The call is in line with the objective of 'Promoting talent development and artistic quality' as described in Article 2.e of the Subsidy Regulations. The other objectives mentioned in Article 2.e do not apply. This open call is subject to a tightening of Article 8.2: applications may only be submitted in English.
The following articles in the Regulations do not apply to this open call:
Article 11, paragraph 2, under a and c and paragraph 3, under a;
Article 13, under b;
Articles 14 to 21;
Article 22, paragraph 3

Applications must be written in English. Designers and makers can apply via the online application environment of the Creative Industries Fund NL. Visual artists can submit applications via the online application system of the Mondriaan Fund.
Please note: Request your login details for the online application environment in time and become familiar with the application form. Validation of a new user account can take up to one working day.

would you like to know more?
For more information about Think Tanger and the selection procedure for designers, please contact Zineb Seghrouchni at or at 010-4361600.

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