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Open Call Research, Act & Reflect #2

Open Call Research, Act & Reflect #2

This open call is aimed at grassroots platforms, collectives and organizations whose activities contribute to a more diverse and inclusive creative industry. Are you committed to decolonization, emancipation, gender diversity, social justice, anti-racism, intersectionality, or related topics? Do you contribute to the design field from this position, or do you question the existing frames within the design field? Then submit an application for a programme or project by 1 December 2021

By means of the Open Call: Research, Act & Reflect, the Fund is stimulating activities that focus on strengthening marginalized voices. The activities enrich the creative industry through their multiperspectivity and inclusive approach. In addition, we are asking various questions: What visions and stories are now lacking in the pursuit of a more diverse and inclusive design sector? What can design mean for the debate on systematic inequality? How can the imagination of young people and starting makers be utilized and reinforced on these themes? The programmes or projects focus on underexposed fields of activity of the Fund, broadening and deepening the creative industry as a result.

A maximum budget of € 300,000 is available for this open call. This allows programmes or projects to be supported up to a maximum amount of € 75,000. The Fund aims to support no more than three projects with a maximum requested amount of € 75,000 and no more than three projects with a maximum requested amount of € 25,000.

who is this open call for?
Platforms, organizations or collectives relating to the fields of design, architecture or digital culture can submit an application. Parties that are in the process of being established or whose formation is part of the programme are also welcome. Applications will not be assessed on the basis of previously organized activities and results achieved. In this way, we are offering new grassroots initiatives a level playing field.

Parties that already have a structural subsidy relationship with central government (BIS) or are being supported under the Fund's Four-year Institutional Grant Scheme or the 1-year and 2-year activities programmes cannot apply.

what can you apply for?
There is a free choice in the form of the activities to be applied for. Possible options include online/offline presentations, an open call, performances, debate moments, publications, podcasts or other kinds of manifestations. Activities can be reflective and contemplative, focused on talent development or, for example, the development of new creative expressions. All forms are possible, as long as there is a connection with design, or the above-mentioned topics, and the results are made publicly accessible. The start date of the activities is a maximum of four months after the decision date. The project duration is no longer than a year.
Examples of previously supported projects within this Open Call can be found here.

what are the assessment criteria?
An independent committee makes a selection from the proposals submitted and pays attention to the following aspects:
1. The relevance of the chosen theme within the context of this open call. In doing so, the committee asks questions such as: How is the theme approached and linked to the design disciplines? And: how does the applicant position themselves within the chosen theme?
2. The artistic or reflective ambition in the project. The advisers also look at the ambitions and the objective of the applicant. It makes a statement about the quality of the plan and the extent to which the motivation, positioning, objective and structure of the activities are in line with each other;
3. The extent to which the theme is effectively translated into a programme and appropriate community. The advisers also assess the form, level of support, and intensity of the collaboration with the described community.

This Open Call has its legal basis in the Creative Industries Fund NL's Open Call Grant Scheme. Read this grant scheme carefully before you submit an application.

Parties may submit an application until 1 December 2021, 11.59 p.m. at the latest. An application can be submitted via the Fund's online application environment. Select here Open Call Research, Act & Reflect #2.

The proposal consists of:
1. A project plan (maximum 10 pages and no larger than 8 MB) containing:
a description of the issue, problem or theme on which the project focuses;
motivation, aim and organization of the project;
a description of the activities;
a description of the intended community to be collaborated with and/or for whom the activities are being developed;
a description of the intended results.

2. Planning and budget. You can find a sample budget on page 6 of the Grant Application Guide. Additional funding (co-financing) from parties other than the Fund is not mandatory for this open call;
3. CVs or biographies of the makers or parties involved.
4. An extract from the register of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, or one of the Chambers of Commerce that fall within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In order to receive a grant, the applicant must be registered with the Chamber of Commerce. If this is not the case at the moment of application, it is still possible to register subsequently in the event of selection. You can contact the Fund office about this.
5. A representative and royalty-free image of the project for the Fund's communication purposes.

Please note:
If the application fails to satisfy the above, it will not be possible to assess the substance of the application.
Request your login details for the online application environment in good time. It takes one working day for a new applicant's account to be activated.

The assessment 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 assessment can be supported.

The processing and assessment of the submitted proposals is carried out within the framework of the Open Call Grant Scheme. Any subsidy is awarded on the basis of the regulations applicable to this grant scheme.

The following articles in these regulations do not apply to this open call:
article 4, paragraph 1 (c)
article 5, paragraph 1 (b)
article 8, paragraph 6

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; this also takes place by e-mail. The Fund will only communicate about the selected proposals. Rejected proposals receive a negative decision. The Fund aims to announce the results by 31 December 2021.

The Fund office visits the supported projects for an introductory meeting and a progress session. The resulting outcomes of these discussions are used, among other things, to fine-tune a follow-up to this open call.

The selected proposals receive subsidy from the one-off resources that Minister van Engelshoven made available to the Fund for intensifying makers' schemes from the third COVID-19 support package for the cultural and creative sector. This open call is intended as an impulse to introduce a more diverse group of makers to the Fund and to support them in developing their own practice so that they can progress to the Fund's regular grant schemes in the future.

If you have any questions about this open call and the procedure, please contact:
Sharvin Ramjan via or call 010 - 436 16 00.

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