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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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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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30 projects selected in Design round 4 – 2020

14 October 2020

In the fourth Design round, 30 proposals were awarded grants. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the Minister made additional funds available. Part of this money has been used by the Fund for the Design grant programme. This allowed all the positively evaluated applications to receive grants. Coordinator Eva Roolker reflects on the round.
general impression
Crafts are at the heart of many selected projects. Jewellery designer Eva van Kempen, for instance, is developing an online, open-source platform to collect and share knowledge about filigree, now that the last Dutch filigree master, Cor Kuijf, is about to retire. By means of this platform, the craft can be preserved and innovated for future generations of jewellery designers and goldsmiths. Craft and technology go hand in hand in the projects of Jannetje Jeanine and Studio Adaptive Skins, which focus respectively on scientific glass-blowing and the development of knitted fabrics using innovative yarns and filaments, a thermoplastic used in 3D printing.
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'Outsiderwear', Stichting M-ODE

An eye-catching project in the context of diversity and inclusion is 'Outsiderwear' by Stichting M-ODE. Talented outsider artists with, for example, a mental disability, a psychiatric disorder or a background of homelessness are linked in this project to emerging or established fashion designers, labels and artists. In this way, M-ODE wants to bring together two completely separate circuits – the regular creative industry and the outsider art world –, offer opportunities to makers who are distanced from the employment market, and stimulate more fashion labels and designers to enter into such a collaboration.

'Discourse of a Viral Boundary' is an example of one of the selected projects that is responding well to current events. Artist and designer Pei-Ying Lin and social designer Yi-Fei Chen observe that the knowledge about a virus such as COVID-19 and dealing with it is developing rapidly. According to Lin and Chen, many people cannot keep up with this rapid change at an emotional level. That is why they are investigating whether the objects we use to create a boundary between ourselves and a virus – such as face masks, screens and disinfectants – can also be utilized for the development of consciousness and to accelerate changes in mentality.

Click here for all the projects selected in Design round 4 – 2020

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'House of Broken Hearts', Aisha Madu en Studio Pupil

numbers
The available budget in this third round was € 525,044; the original budget of € 240,000 was supplemented with € 250,000 from additional funds made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, there was underspending in the previous round, as a result of which € 35,044 was added to the available budget for this round. Ultimately 30 of the 71 subsidy applications processed received grants. This brings the percentage of applications receiving grants to 42%.

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Creative Industries Fund NL present at Dutch Design Week in virtual form

7 October 2020

In an exceptional year, it promises to be an exceptional Dutch Design Week, one in which it will be quiet in Eindhoven, in stark contrast to all the previous editions. We all know why. Instead of at Sectie-C, in the many studios, or the Klokgebouw, this year's activity is taking place online. Fortunately, the Fund was prepared for this and we can present two online exhibitions during Dutch Design Week.
Talent Tours
By way of short video portraits, 'Talent Tours' provides insight into the thinking and practice of 39 emerging design talents, each of whom is concerned with topical social themes. What are their motives, their doubts and ambitions, and what values do they put first in their work? By offering these design talents, through a talent development grant, the free space for a year to optimally develop themselves artistically and professionally, they can create a meaningful position for themselves in the professional field and in society. Take, for instance, social designer and bio-artist Kuang-Yi Ku, who outlines oppressive future scenarios in which he confronts the public with the question of what is still acceptable when it comes to the influence of medical science on our lives. Or Marwan Magroun, who made a photo series and film in which he wants to refute the stigma that rests on fathers with a migrant background. And Milou Voorwinden, whose research into 3D weaving will hopefully contribute to the move towards sustainability that is so badly needed in the fashion industry.

Chronic Health
We are presenting our other online exhibition 'Chronic Health – Happily ever after?' as part of the Embassy of Health. In 15 projects, in collaboration with Waag, Philips, Máxima MC and U Create, we demonstrate the power of design research in finding answers to questions that have become more urgent than ever in recent months: What do we actually find important for our quality of life? Is it survival, at the cost of everything else we care about? In addition to all the protocols, is there enough room for what visibly does us good? And what about when you look at the bigger picture: the functioning of society, and the liveability of the planet? In the projects being presented, designers work together with healthcare professionals with a forward-looking perspective on a healthy society. For example, design studio Panton, in collaboration with a number of hospitals, developed the 'Medical metro line' that provides insight into treatment processes for all care providers and patients involved. Gabriel Fontana unravelled the competitive and normative sides of team sport with 'Multiform', and presents a more social variant. While Studio Samira Boon, together with the VU and Waag Society, is investigating how the bacterial layer that grows on the surface of the fermented beverage kombucha can be used to create a durable, breathable interior.

practical information
Like the Dutch Design Week, the online exhibitions open on 17 October 2020 and can be seen via the website of the Dutch Design Week and the World Design Embassies. If you happen to be in Eindhoven before that time, take a look at the 39 video portraits in Talent Tours in MU, or if you can't wait, on our Platform Talent website.
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The Fund's extra coronavirus measures from 30 September

1 October 2020

Due to tightened coronavirus measures announced by the Cabinet on 28 September, the Fund Office will be closed for all in-person meetings from Wednesday 30 September. This will apply until at least 20 October. The application process for all current grant programmes and open calls continues as usual. If you have questions about your application, a project or event, and possible consequences as a result of COVID-19, you can read the answers to the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 here. You can also find the answers to current frequently asked questions, plus some practical tips for your grant application.
'Safety first,' says director Syb Groeneveld. 'That is why we're moving our daily work practice completely into the digital domain, ranging from committee meetings to the telephone exchange, because we will of course continue to be available. It is the only possibility we have to make a positive contribution in the coming period to reducing the chance of further spread of the virus'.

For this reason, all our public activities at the DDW have also been cancelled or a suitable online alternative for certain activities is being sought. More information will follow in the coming period.

On the Kunsten92 website, an overview (in Dutch) has been made of measures relating to the cultural and creative sector.

An overview of all measures can be found (in Dutch) on the website of the Government.
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