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Open Call Morocco #1
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Open Call Morocco #1

The Creative Industries Fund NL calls on Dutch designers and cultural organizations to submit a project plan that focuses on:

1. Setting up and carrying out the exchange of knowledge in the fields of design, urban initiatives and building durable relationships in Morocco; or
2. Setting up and carrying out a pilot project that ties in with an initiative in Morocco, concerning an urbanization challenge.

The project plans take a closer look at a social issue in a specific region or city in Morocco to which Dutch makers can make a contribution. In setting up and carrying out the projects, Dutch and Moroccan parties should work together on an equal footing.


The Open Call has ended.

Until the end of 2020, the Fund will be holding a number of open calls that focus on challenges associated with urbanization in Morocco. The projects will deal with how these challenges, in a collaboration between Moroccan and Dutch partners, can be addressed in order to achieve more sustainable, inclusive and smart cities. The question of urbanization provides opportunities for improving living conditions, housing, social cohesion and the utilization of technology for social innovation and for redefining cultural heritage. There are possibilities here for the exchange of knowledge and expertise between Dutch designers and cultural organizations in collaboration with Moroccan partners.

sustainable and inclusive cities through design
How Moroccan and Dutch parties from the field of design can work on specific issues requires both exploratory work and projects that set an example. In the Moroccan design field, there is a growing wish to reflect on the process and the significance of design for society, from the perspective of different disciplines and at various levels of scale.

Project plans that focus on exploration, exchange of knowledge and building durable relationships can:
Lead to social innovation and stimulate a creative economy;
Contribute to an understanding of the developments and consequences of rapid urbanization;
Put the future of craft workshops in relation to urban structures on the agenda;
Address social themes from a spatial perspective.

The project forms could consist of various activities, such as workshops, a series of debates, hackathons, festivals or an urban lab on site. The activities should form a coherent whole and the project form should reinforce the content and vice versa.

Project plans focusing on setting up and carrying out a pilot project could, for instance, address:
Aspects of gentrification versus strengthening and developing existing structures and identities;
The issue of housing;
The issue of water;
Aspects of migration.

This is a small selection from themes that are current in various places in Morocco. The project plans could tie in with these themes or explore a different issue that is endorsed from the Moroccan side. The projects could include an intervention, installation or study, in both the physical and virtual domain and they should tie in with an initiative or specific case on site where knowledge has already been developed and local Moroccan parties are involved.

Some questions that are relevant here are:
Which methods and forms of cross-disciplinary collaboration are desirable within the project?
Which effects are the stakeholders involved aiming to achieve with the project and on what scale and within which timeframe will these effects materialize?
How can the knowledge developed within the project about the Moroccan situation/context, in the area of urbanization or the chosen social theme, contribute to similar issues in the Netherlands?

applying party
The applying party should be located in the Netherlands, operating in the Dutch creative industry field and registered with the Chamber of Commerce. In the event of selection, this party functions as the principal contractor for carrying out the project and concludes an agreement with the Fund for the implementation of the submitted project plan on behalf of all the Dutch and Moroccan coalition partners.

coalition
The Dutch-Moroccan coalitions should fulfil the following conditions:
The Dutch organizer is the principal applicant;
Involvement of at least one Moroccan partner;
Participation of several Dutch designers in the process;
Scaling up or deepening the collaboration between Dutch and Moroccan parties in Morocco from a cultural perspective.

budget and support in 2 phases
A maximum budget of € 175,000 has been reserved for this Open Call. The support to selected projects is provided in two phases. In the first selection round, a maximum of 4 projects are selected. For the initial phase, a maximum amount of € 15,000 per project is available. The initial phase lasts for a period of 4 months at most, during which activities are carried out that include the generation of a comprehensive project plan for the second phase.

The aim is to provide support to a maximum of 3 projects in the second phase. For the second phase, the remaining budget of € 175,000 minus the starting grants awarded is available.

content of the project plan phase 1
Clearly formulated issue
A description of the urbanization issue and the social theme in Morocco, including a clearly formulated locally supported question from a Moroccan party;
A view of the issue from a Dutch perspective;
A view of the issue from a Moroccan perspective;
A description of the cross-disciplinary approach to the issue;
Insight into the intended results and how these contribute to a sustainable and inclusive approach/solution to the stated issue;
Description of the level and scale of the project implementation.

Vision on the collaboration, expertise involved and working method
A vision on and description of the working method and the involvement of design and designers/makers, (local) stakeholders and users/communities;
A description of the disciplines and experts involved.

Description of relevant experience
Description of the organization(s) involved’s experience with projects and collaborations in Morocco;
Description of the organization(s) involved’s experience with projects and collaborations related to the stated issue and working method.

Organization, implementation and communication
Working method and planning phase 1 (start April/May 2018) and phasing in outline for implementation of the project in phase 2 (start 1 September 2018 at the latest);
The implementation of phase 2 takes place in the period 2018-2019 and has a maximum duration of 12 months;
Budget and other sources of support for the entire project in outline. The support is mainly intended for the deployment of the design, designers, makers and organizational hours;
Detailed budget relating to the initial phase (phase 1) and hours involved;
Communication plan, focusing on attracting a suitable audience, sharing of knowledge and experiences and sharing results.

content of the comprehensive project plan phase 2
Project plans for phase 2 should be developed on the following points:
The collaboration between the partners has been made tangible by means of a collaboration agreement signed by all the coalition partners;
The planning and budget for the project has been worked out;
Backing and the required co-financing has been organized;
Research questions have been honed;
The communication plan and the organization of the dissemination of knowledge have been worked out;
The hiring of the required expertise has been confirmed;
The expected effects of the project on the urban environment, the stakeholders involved, participating designers and the local community have been examined.

All results of the project (both phase 1 and 2) should be publicly available in both countries and remain so. The selected projects will also be expected to participate in interim activities focusing on the sharing of experiences and the process, organized by the Fund.

evaluation
Together with external experts, the Fund selects a number of projects from the applications submitted for the initial phase, on the basis of the following criteria:
The degree of full collaboration with organizations in Morocco, Dutch designers/makers and (local) stakeholders;
The relevance of the subject;
The extent to which content and project form reinforce each other and are distinctive in this respect;
A balanced distribution of the budget between the Dutch and Moroccan partners.

The Fund is advised by the Dutch Embassy in Rabat concerning the collaboration between Dutch and Moroccan parties within the proposed coalition.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender. This means that a number of projects are selected in preference to other submissions, and the project plans that are not selected do not receive any individual explanation from the Fund. The Fund contacts the selected projects. The selection is made known by e-mail within 6 weeks of the closing date.

objectives
The aims of the Fund's programme are:
Building durable collaborations and (knowledge) networks between the Netherlands and Morocco;
Strengthening projects that are locally embedded and based on a local question;
encouraging an inclusive and equal approach to issues, collaborations and exchanges.

submission
The project plan can be submitted from January 1st until 7 March 2018 via the Creative Industries Fund NL's online application environment. From January 1st you can select the ‘Open Call Morocco #1’ round.

The project plan consists of the following attachments:
1. A concise and coherent project plan that covers the points mentioned above.
2. The budget and planning must not exceed 2 pages and indicate what is to be investigated and elaborated during the initial phase and the subsequent phase. A cultural tariff should be utilized that does not exceed € 65 per hour exclusive of VAT.
3. CVs of parties involved, not exceeding 2 pages in total.
4. Proof of registration with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel), not more than 1 year old.
5. Representative image for communication purposes by the Fund.

The Subsidy Regulations specify which costs are excluded from financing by the Fund.

The project plan is a PDF file in A4 format and does not exceed 10 pages (excluding planning, budget, CVs, images and proof of registration Dutch Chamber of Commerce). The file size does not exceed 10 MB in total. If the submission does not comply with the description above, no evaluation of the content can take place.

Please note:
Request your login details for the online application environment in good time and familiarize yourself with the application form. Validation of a new user account takes 1 working day at most.
You can’t present a concept project plan to the Fund, but you may ask for advice during the preparations until 27 February 2018 at the latest.
You will receive confirmation of receipt by e-mail one week after the closing date at the latest.

meeting
The Fund is organizing a meeting for interested parties on 16 February 2018, in The Netherlands. If you would like to receive an invitation, please send an e-mail to [email protected] stating ‘Meeting Open Call Morocco #1’.

questions?
For questions about the Open Call and the procedure, please telephone or send an e-mail to Zineb Seghrouchni at [email protected] or Anselm van Sintfiet at [email protected].

This Open Call has its legal basis in the Subsidy Regulations of the Creative Industries Fund NL.

background
The Creative Industries Fund NL is conducting a four-year programme within the policy framework of the International Culture Policy 2017-2020 (objective 2) with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, entitled ‘Sustainable and inclusive cities through design’. Central to the programme is the role and deployment of design and design thinking to question and provide solutions for rapid urbanization and the corresponding social themes. Cross-disciplinary working with relevant stakeholders in Morocco is encouraged, both within and beyond the design disciplines, where it revolves around providing opportunities for collaboration between Morocco and the Netherlands on an equal footing and strengthening the trust and understanding between the two countries.

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Open Call: Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2

Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on designers, makers, curators and cultural organizations in the Netherlands to submit a plan for a project that deploys design for sustainable and inclusive societies. The open call invites cultural parties to join forces with a local partner to turn their minds to a topical issue, observation or development in Turkey, Russia, Egypt or Morocco. The project should entail an egalitarian collaboration between the parties.

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.

collaboration
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.

focus
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.

A maximum of 4 projects per country will be selected for Phase 1, with a maximum grant of €15,000 per project.

For Phase 2, the intention is to support a maximum of 4 projects per country, with a maximum grant of €50,000 per project.

submissions
Projects can be submitted from 1 December 2018 to 21 January 2019 via Creative Industries Fund NL’s online application environment.

planning
Informative meet-up: 6 December 2018 between 13:30h. – 18:00h. in Het Nieuwe Instituut
• Deadline for submissions: 21 January 2019
• Phase 1 begins after the announcement of the selection on 4 March 2019.
• A team meeting with all the selected parties will be held in March 2019.
• Deadline for submissions for Phase 2: 10 June 2019
• Phase 2 begins after the announcement of the selection on 1 August 2019 and continues for a maximum of one year.

the application consists of the following components:
1. A concise and coherent project plan, max. 10 pages on the basis of the Guidelines for TREM#2 and see tips for drafting a project plan the FAQ.
2. A budget and planning: concrete for Phase 1 and looking ahead to Phase 2, max. 2 pages:
The Fund’s support is specifically intended for the implementation of the design, designers, makers and hours for the organization. The maximum hourly rate is set at €65.00/hour (excluding VAT). When drawing up the budget bear in mind any VAT obligations, where applicable. In case of doubt, always contact the regional tax office first.
3. CVs of those involved, max. 2 pages in total.
4. Where relevant, a portfolio with information about relevant prior projects.
5. Certificate of registration from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) that is less than one year old.
6. Representative image for the Fund’s communication purposes.

The Subsidy Regulations specify costs that are excluded from funding by Creative Industries Fund NL.

The project plan is a PDF file in A4 format of up to 10 pages (excluding planning, budget, CVs and certificate of registration from the Dutch Chamber of Commerce/KvK). The file is no larger than 10 MB. If the application fails to meet the description above, it will not be accepted for evaluation.

N.B.:
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.

evaluation
The Fund will select a number of projects for the start-up phase in conjunction with external experts, based on the following criteria:
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.

The evaluation takes the form of a tender. This means that a number of projects are preferred above the other submissions, and the project plans that are declined do not receive an individual explanation from the Fund. Within the total programme (open call #1 and 2) the fund strives for a diverse selection of theme’s, disciplines project forms, locations and partners. The Fund will contact the selected parties. The selection will be announced by e-mail within the six weeks after the deadline.

questions?
For questions about the open call and the procedure, please telephone +31(0)10 436 16 00 or send an e-mail to Yasmin Kursun via [email protected] or Zineb Seghrouchni via
[email protected]
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context
Within the policy framework of the International Culture Policy 2017-2020 and with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Creative Industries Fund NL is implementing a four-year programme with the title ‘Sustainable and inclusive cities through design’. Pivotal to the programme is the role and deployment of design (and design thinking) in questioning and proposing solutions for the consequences of rapid urbanization and the associated societal themes. This will stimulate cross-disciplinary projects with relevant stakeholders in Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco, within as well as beyond the design disciplines, aimed at providing opportunities for collaboration on an equal footing between these four countries and the Netherlands, while strengthening trust and understanding between the two countries.

With this programme the Fund is endeavouring to:
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.

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