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Frequently asked questions about subsidy applications and tips
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Frequently asked questions about subsidy applications and tips

27 September 2020

In the current circumstances, the Fund aims to be a stable factor for the field, to keep the basic grant programmes running as well as possible and to be accessible. Myrthe Kramer and Ilona Meijer, who both work at the secretariat, are the first points of contact for the Fund. At the moment they're working from home, like their other colleagues. Every day they receive a wide range of questions about the application procedure, the online application system and, of course, COVID-19. Here you will find answers to current frequently asked questions, plus some practical tips for your grant application.
1. How is the Fund dealing with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic?
We have produced a separate news item about our accommodating policy, which you can read here. The Fund advises that applications should demonstrate a sense of reality and respond to current events, where relevant.

2. Up until what time can I submit my application on the closing date?
You can submit the online application form until 23.59 on the closing date. We strongly advise you to submit your application earlier due to the potential volume of traffic on the server.

3. When will I receive the result of my application?
You will receive an e-mail with the result 10 weeks from the closing date of the grant programme.

4. Is there a sample application I can have a look at?
No, but refer to the Grant Application Guide (PDF) before submitting your application. The guide provides advice with regard to the grant application and drawing up the project plan, budget and communication plan.

5. Can I submit an application to more than one grant programme at the same time?
No. It is not possible to apply for more than one grant programme for a single project.

6. Can I resubmit the same project after receiving a negative decision?
If your project has been rejected, it is not possible to submit the plan again within six months. You can, however, submit a revised application. In a revised application, you respond to the feedback from the advisory committee. A revised application should contain sufficient new information to allow a new advice to be issued. The staff assess whether the proposal has been adjusted sufficiently to allow it to be presented for evaluation again.

7. What is the maximum amount I can apply for?
The amount of the Fund's contribution depends on various factors, including reasonableness of the application and the degree of co-financing. There are no maximum amounts. For each grant programme and round, a maximum available budget is set; you can find this on the website. For each grant programme, there is a list of supported projects, including the amounts granted. This gives a good impression. For information about the breakdown of the total annual budget, please refer to the annual report.

8. Am I more likely to get a grant in the last round of the year or the first round of the year?
The Fund establishes an available budget for each grant programme and for each round, which you can find on the website. So it makes no difference whether you apply at the beginning or the end of the year.

9. If I'm still studying, can I apply?
No, students are not eligible. The Fund focuses on professionals working in the creative industry. In order to receive a grant from the Fund, the applicant must be registered in the Chamber of Commerce (KvK) business register, or a foreign equivalent.

10. What's an fte?
Fte means full-time equivalent, a unit expressing the number of people employed or the size of a person's job.

11. How many ftes should I fill in if I'm a freelancer, but I'm working together with several people on the project?
You only fill in the number of ftes working within your organization; as a freelancer you fill in 1 fte for a full-time working week and for example 0.2, 0.5 of 0.8 fte for part-time depending on the part of the week you work.

12. Is the grant reference the same as the application number?
Yes, those are the same numbers.

13. What hourly rate can I use in my budget? Is there a standard amount for this?
The Fund contributes a maximum of € 65 excl. VAT to the hourly rate of the applicant and equivalent collaboration partner. For a guideline on hourly rates, please refer to the website of the Fair Practice Code for more information.

14. I cannot change my bank account number in my application. Where can I edit this information?
At the question 'are the bank details correct' in the application form at Organization 1.2, if you click 'no', fields will appear in which you can type.

15. My files are larger than indicated, what should I do?
Tip: lower the resolution of your images or compress your PDFs.
You should not send the documents to the Fund by e-mail or via WeTransfer.

16. What should you do if you're not yet registered with the Chamber of Commerce but would like to apply in the meantime?
You can simply submit the application and upload an empty document instead of the Chamber of Commerce (KvK) form. However, we will need your KvK registration number within a few weeks. A grant cannot be awarded without a KvK number.


Tip 1: Create an account in good time in the online application environment. You may not receive the confirmation e-mail until the next working day.

Tip 2: Before starting an application, please refer to the Grant Application Guide (PDF) for guidance on drawing up the project plan, budget and communication plan.

Tip 3: Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application. The server is busy around 23:59 on the closing date, which can cause delays and your application may not be submitted on time. The application round closes after 00:00 (midnight). You are strongly advised to submit your application earlier, preferably during office hours.

frequently asked questions
Do you have any other questions? Take a look at the extensive overview at Frequently Asked Questions.

Is your question not answered there? Call +31(0)10 436 16 00 or send an e-mail to Myrthe Kramer or Ilona Meijer at info@stimuleringsfonds.nl.

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3 December: Bring it online! Information session 2021-2024

12 November 2020

On Thursday afternoon 3 December at 16:00, the Creative Industries Fund NL is organizing the information session Bring it online! 2021-2024.
During this online session in Teams, we are bringing the design sector together and are keen to discuss what drives you. How can we support your design ideas and how can we achieve social impact with the sector as a whole? Of course, we will also talk about the impact of COVID-19 on the Fund and the design field. Now and in the near future.

Director Syb Groeneveld will kick off by giving information about developments within the Fund, the new grant programmes and additional activities in the policy period 2021-2024. What is staying as it was, what is new and what is changing?

An important part of the afternoon are the break-out rooms with Fund staff members, and you can register in advance to take part. In these sessions, we explain the possibilities within the grant programme of your choice and within the Fund, by means of a Q&A conversation with the online participants. The sessions last an hour.

Make your choice from these sessions; you can only attend one.
1. Design Grant Programme
2. Architecture Grant Programme
3. Digital Culture Grant Programme music x design and Immerse\Interact
4. Talent Development Grant Programme
5. International Collaboration in times of COVID-19

Would you like to submit a question in advance or put a topic on the agenda? When you register, please indicate which session you are choosing – only one is possible – and add your question. Of course, you can also use the chat function during the session of your choice or during the plenary section.

Date: 3 December
Starts at16:00 pm
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Language
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Location: online in Teams

programme
16:00-16:05. opening by moderator Afaina de Jong, architect and founder of research and design studio AFARAI.
16:05-16:20 Syb Groeneveld's explanatory comments on the policy plan 2021-2024
16:20-17:20 various break-out rooms and Q&A with online participants
17:20-17:30 conclusion led by moderator with Syb Groeneveld.

registering
We would like to hear what you think as an applicant and what you experience in practice.
Sign up via the registration form. You will receive a link for participation in your mailbox before 3 December. Respond no later than Monday 30 November 2020.
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Talents present themselves in Talent Tours Livestreams

28 October 2020

From 18 to 25 October 2020, the Creative Industries Fund NL presented daily livestreams with new talent during the Dutch Design Week. On Sunday viewers were taken live to the forest by landscape architect Mirte van Laarhoven. Social Designer Marco Federico Cagnoni presented his project 'Plastic Culture' on Tuesday from his workplace in the Botanical garden in Utrecht. And on Friday, Tomo Kihara took viewers into other people's YouTube bubbles with his YouTube filter simulator 'Their-Tube'.
The livestreams were part of the (online) exhibition in MU, Eindhoven.
Watch the livestreams here:

Mirte van Laarhoven
Landscape architect Mirte van Laarhoven guides you through the deceased family forest that she used last year as an experimental location and materials library for her 'Dead wood alive' project.

Marco Federico Cagnoni
Social designer Marco Federico Cagnoni talks from his workplace in the Botanical Garden Utrecht about the background of his project 'Plastic Culture'.

Tomo Kihara
Step into the YouTube bubbles of others with Tomo Kihara and his YouTube filter simulator 'Their-Tube'.

Tereza Ruller
Tereza Ruller shows the spatial and interactive possibilities of virtual environments as space for new thoughts, actions and aesthetics.

Mark Henning
Participate in Mark Henning's performative exercise to explore the relationship between trust and distance in our new 1.5 meter society.

Jing He
Jing's live stream is called 'Jing's Memories'. Seven people take on the role of Jing and take turns sharing stories and memories from her childhood.

Chiara Dorbolò
Prior to her workshop, architect Chiara Dorbolò shares her creative writing process and presents two articles.

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LIVECAST - Inclusive Cities & Societies through Design: Tales of the TREM

21 October 2020

On Monday 26 October at 14.00 CET, the Creative Industries Fund NL presents the livecast 'Inclusive Cities & Societies through Design: Tales of Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco' at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam. Between 2017-2020, the Fund supported 26 teams in these four countries. Several team members will share their international collaboration experiences involving numerous organizations, institutions and individuals. By taking us on their journey, we gain a deeper insight into their projects and an understanding of the significance of intercultural initiatives from a design standpoint. The livecast is also the launch of the new publication 'Tales of the TREM'.
View the livecast here:

In the livecast teams of creative makers, designers and architects share their special experiences in collaboration with numerous creative local partners in Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco.

The livecast deals with the importance of international exchange in the area of current, urgent, global themes and the social role and impact of design. Together with many local partners, the teams look for innovative design solutions to the numerous challenges posed by rapid urbanization, such as designing inclusive public spaces, developing good, affordable housing and new forms of circular design. The aim is to share with a wider audience the stories unknown to many from these four countries, the innovative perspectives and the lessons learned.

The Creative Industries Fund NL supports 26 projects within the multi-year programme 'Inclusive Cities & Societies through Design', as part of the International Cultural Policy 2017-2020 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

programme
With various team members and moderated by presenter Jörgen Tjon a Fong, we are going to discuss the following themes:

1. inclusive cities and societies
with guests:

Syb Groeneveld, executive director Creative Industries Fund NL
Tuğçe Akbulut, partner Tradition as a making tool (TR)
Daria Naugolnova, partner Identity in Typical (RU)
In video:
Fridaymilk, partner Murmansk Prospekt (RU)

intermezzo
Robin Vermeulen and the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra, partner Facets of Tangier (MA)

2. international cooperation
with guests:
Daria Ofman and partner Abdalla Daif of Connecting Deltas (EG)
Thijs Verhaar of Inclusive Regenerative fashion in Turkey (TR)
Yassine Salihine, designer and adviser to the Creative Industries Fund NL

3. a look to the future
Keynote and talk with Birgitta Tazelaar, deputy Director-General for International Cooperation – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands

publication
All 26 projects are featured in a publication, with inspiring interviews, stories and photos. Click to request the publication here.

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77 applications received for 1 and 2-year Activities Programme 2021-2022

15 October 2020

The Fund has processed 77 applications within the grant programme 1 and 2-year Activities Programme 2021-2022. 17 organizations have taken the opportunity to submit two proposals simultaneously: one for a 2-year programme of activities and one for a 1-year programme of activities. All proposals will be evaluated shortly by the same committee.
The advisory committee members 1 and 2-year Activities Programme are:
Nathanja van Dijk (chair), director Kunsthal
Pieter van Boheemen, reseacher Rathenau Institute
Ella Buzo, programmer digital culture Tetem
Ama van Dantzig, co-founder Dr. Monk, social innovation office
Anne Dessing, architect Studio Anne Dessing
Daan Petri, architect Hootsmans architecture office
Annelies Thoelen, head programme Z33, Hasselt
Thomas Castro, curator/conservator grafic design Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

A significant sum has been requested, in total € 12.3 million, € 8.3 million for a 2-year activity programme and € 4 million for a 1-year programme. The subsidy ceiling for 2-year programmes is € 2,000,000. The subsidy ceiling for 1-year programmes is € 1,300,000. In view of the available budgets, the advisory committee will have to make astute choices.

The average amount requested for a 1-year programme of activities is around € 80,000, while for a 2-year programme of activities it is on average € 150,000 per year. It is expected that approximately 17 institutions will be supported for 1 year and 7 institutions for 2 years.

selection announcement
The meetings of the advisory committee will take place in late October. On 6 November 2020, the institutions will be informed about the intended decision of the Fund's Board. The decisions will follow in the first week of December 2020.

1 and 2-year subsidy
With the 1 and 2-year Activities Programme grant programme, the Creative Industries Fund NL is providing subsidies to cultural institutions that would like to implement a 1 or 2-year programme that contributes to the advancement of excellent quality, development and professionalization of the contemporary creative industries within the Kingdom. Programmes for 2-year support must be of national significance. Programmes for 1-year support must at least be of regional significance.

next rounds
In 2021, there will be a new round for 1-year activities programmes that take place within the calendar year 2022. In 2022, there will once again be a round where both 1-year and 2-year support for activities programmes can be applied for.
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Get a Grant – a short, powerful application

14 October 2020

Are you an artist or designer starting up your own practice? Perhaps the funds can help you on your way with a financial boost for talent development. 'Check the websites and know that there are friendly people working there who want to contribute their thoughts. Nothing to be afraid of,' says art teacher and radio curator Femke Dekker during the Get a Grant Event, organized last Thursday by the Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fund via Teams. Some 140 participants joined this digital variant of Get a Grant. For the last five years, it has been a recurring event full of tips & tricks about applying for financing from a fund as a starting artist or designer. Moderated by Dekker, artists, designers and fund staff once again talked about opportunities for starters.
'Take the time to find your own voice. What is your position as a maker? Hone your plans, by discussing them with others as well. But most of all: write in giant letters on the wall what your own main goal is, your greatest passion, your plan. And keep that in mind when you make an application.' This was the advice from performance artist Mylan Hoezen. He graduated from the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen, and in 2019 he received a Stipendium for Emerging Artists from the Mondriaan Fund.

'Write in giant letters on the wall what your greatest passion is'


'Everyone has their own method,' he says. 'Before I completed the forms, I filled notebooks with my writing, all the while looking back at the capitals on the wall – my dot on the horizon. My tip is this: get started with your profession and don't put off submitting an application indefinitely. At that time, I also worked in a bar to earn my money, at all kinds of weird times. It was pretty 'messy', but waiting for the right moment makes no sense, because it won't come. The great advantage of a contribution is that it gives you time to focus on your work and development; it takes your professional practice further.'

immense variation: from installation, painting and fashion to digital design
Niels Engel, project officer at the Mondriaan Fund, and grants officer Sharvin Ramjan at the Creative Industries Fund NL, say that the two funds complement each other (and sometimes overlap to some extent) when it comes to a contribution for talent development. For pronounced crossovers, the funds jointly have a staff member for Interdisciplinary Projects.

'We like to keep an open mind and employ a broad definition of artists,' says Engel. 'Starters in the first four years of their practice can apply to us, in all possible disciplines, from painting or performance to audiovisual installations. Nor is it exclusively reserved for people with an art academy background. Artists who followed a design education can apply as well. And also starters without this specific educational background. What's important is that you are able to clearly demonstrate a professional artistic position and practice, and a professional profile.' Niels Engel tells us that you can apply to the Mondriaan Fund all year round for the Stipendium for Emerging Artists. He has noticed an increase in the number of applications since the coronavirus crisis. 'This year, in October, there are already 200. Approximately 40% are successful and receive a grant.'

Sharvin Ramjan has this to say: 'The difference with the Mondriaan Fund is that the Creative Industries Fund NL is specially intended for designers in the first four years of their professional practice. Within this group there is an enormous variety, ranging from fashion, product design and architecture to the application of new technology in digital culture. Every year we have one Talent Development application round, and the deadline is usually in March. Of the 200 or so applications we receive, some 60 go into a second round and between 30 and 40 are awarded grants. Applicants without a diploma from design or art studies can go to the Scout Nights.'

avoid stumbling blocks: endless texts and exaggerated themes
Applying is one thing; obtaining an award succeeds in a fifth to half of cases, and sometimes seems to be an art in itself. For moderator Femke Dekker, this raises the question: which stumbling blocks should you avoid as an applicant?

Ramjan: 'Dos and don'ts? I wouldn't want to name them, because a special application always rises above the patterns of dos and don'ts. Talent development is intended for exploring new avenues, so you shouldn't be putting on blinkers.'

Engel: 'Committees are wary of receiving motivations or explanations from artists that seem to go on for ever. It's better to write something short and powerful. If you're already struggling to make your point, how can a committee understand clearly? And it's best not to dream up major themes if you don't relate to them at all in your work. It's not a prerequisite to talk about sustainability, for example. The work can just as easily be about matter. Don't feel obliged to use big words; a committee will soon see through that.

text and image in one package – compare yourself and be precise
But the point is, as a thinker in images how do you find a short and powerful formulation? Designer Kalle Wolters talks about his method: working together. Since obtaining his bachelor's degree in Illustration & Animation from the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen, he and seven others are part of the collective Studio Knetterijs. In 2018, Knetterijs received a Talent Development grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL for the special publications the collective produces: magazines that turn into posters or from which postcards and also audio works appear. Wolters has this to say: 'Clarify your thoughts, your motivation and your plans by discussing them with others and letting each other read them. This was necessary within our collective to sharpen everyone's role and to name the common identity. But if you work alone as an artist or designer, it is just as important to compare yourself, for example to a colleague who may have been awarded a grant before. Someone who's not too close to you, because if someone like that understands what you're saying, it will come across to the committee as well.'
questions

Question from the audience: what about documentation material? Can you refer to a website or provide a link to videos? Niels Engel of the Mondriaan Fund is clear about this: the smartest thing is to upload everything you want to show together with your application, so that all the committee members are provided with your information in one package and do not need to gather information. The same applies to the Creative Industries Fund NL, where you are asked to upload a portfolio in addition to the motivation for your application.

When asked whether examples of good applications are available, moderator Femke Dekker refers to the websites of both funds. No private documents are shared there, but many examples of awarded grants are highlighted. 'These are inspiring and instructive – have a look at who the people are and seek contact if they appeal to you or you know someone. Colleagues are often willing to help each other. Dare to ask: the funds, but also among yourselves.'

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