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Fund takes measures due to the coronavirus

Fund takes measures due to the coronavirus

6 July 2020
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The COVID-19 crisis is affecting and disrupting society as a whole, and its consequences will be felt worldwide for a long time to come. The aim of the Fund is to contribute to reducing the impact on the Dutch design sector. We will therefore continue to process and evaluate applications for all the grant programmes (with the exception of applications for projects physically taking place abroad). For applications you submit to the Fund from April 2020 onwards, the advisory committee's evaluation is based on the assumption that the reality of COVID-19 has been taken into account in the plans, as far as possible.

In addition, we are in constant consultation with the government, fellow cultural funds and the field so that we can take appropriate measures. The paragraphs below set out all the measures being taken by the Fund.

adapting the working method of the Fund and advisory committee
Since the beginning of April 2020, there has been a very substantial increase in the number of applications for the Fund's grant programmes and open calls. The quality remains as high as ever, which means that the advisory committees will have to make very difficult choices and will probably have to prioritize in each application round. For the same reason, as of 23 April, it will not be possible to submit draft versions of applications to staff members for advice. Specific questions about the procedure, budget or a project plan can be sent to the Fund by e-mail. You can find the correct contact details on the page of the relevant grant programme.

accommodating approach: supporting measures for makers, institutions and festivals
With regard to projects currently being supported that are dealing with the consequences of the coronavirus, the Fund is taking an accommodating position. This means that postponement (up until the end of 2021), modification, relocation or cancellation of the project will in principle be accepted. This also applies to the reimbursement of obligatory costs already incurred and eligible for subsidy if the project can no longer be carried out. The Fund will not compensate the loss of income of freelancers in connection with hours still to be worked within a subsidized project that is no longer being carried out. For this, we refer you to the government's additional support for people who are self-employed on this page.

The following is applicable:
• If your event or project has been definitively cancelled or rescheduled, please inform your contact person at the Fund by e-mail.
• If you receive an automatically generated message from the Fund about final accountability, but your event or project has been cancelled or rescheduled, please e-mail your contact person to let them know.
• You do not need to contact the Fund if there is any doubt about whether or not your event or project will go ahead. You should only e-mail your contact person in the event of a definitive cancellation or rescheduling.

€ 300 million extra for culture
On 15 April, the cabinet made an additional 300 million euro available for the cultural sector. This support will help cultural institutions that are vital to the sector through the financially difficult first months of the corona crisis. By supporting precisely these crucial cultural organizations now, they can ensure that after the crisis, the flow of assignments, including those for freelancers, will get underway again. The Minister aims to start implementing these measures as soon as possible. The extra resources will be used, among other things, to increase the subsidies for institutions that are now receiving support for a number of years from the Creative Industries Fund NL.

focus on makers
The makers in the design sector benefit from contracts and grants. In 2019, the Fund supported a total of 654 projects by makers (mostly carried out by freelancers) for around 10 million euro, in addition to support for 98 institutions to the tune of 6.1 million euro. All 11 grant programmes will therefore be continued in 2020, as will most of the open calls included in the 2020 annual plan. However, it is not possible to apply for projects (ranging from research to residency) abroad as long as there is a negative advice for international travel from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On the other hand, (new forms of) international cooperation (without the need for a physical presence) are in fact being stimulated within the different grant programmes and, where possible, within the open calls.

We will make every effort, with the limited possibilities we have, to minimize the impact of this crisis on the sector as far as we can. This means that in the run-up to 2021, we will deploy additional initiatives to give the sector a boost in order to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

Fund accessibility
The Fund is still operating and accessible by mail and telephone, despite the fact that Fund staff will be working from home as much as possible in the coming period. We are doing our utmost to ensure that all activities run as normally as possible.

• The secretariat can be reached by telephone and can put you in contact with the right colleague, but as a rule it is more convenient to mail your contact person directly.
• The closing dates are unchanged and can be found in the information on grants on the website.
• The committee meetings will continue as planned, but will mostly take place in the form of a video conference.
• All the Fund's information sessions, workshops and events on location have been postponed until at least 1 September 2020.
• The processing time of an application remains unchanged. You will receive an e-mail informing you of the decision 10 weeks after the closing date of the grant programme. Please note that your project may not start before you have received the result.

Read also the Frequently asked questions and answers about the consequences for the cultural and creative sector on the Government's site.

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Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration

13 July 2020

Because of COVID-19, the Fund had to take the decision in March 2020 to put all international procedures and grant programmes on hold. As a result, the Internationalization grant programme and the Vouchers procedure for Presentations Abroad were also affected. This Temporary Procedure for supporting International Collaboration (TPIC) will replace this grant programme and procedure for the period 15 July 2020 to 30 September 2020. From Wednesday 15 July, it will be possible to submit an application via the online application environment. Applications will be processed in order of receipt.
By means of this accessible procedure, the Creative Industries Fund NL is supporting projects that provide a substantive contribution to the development, profiling and reinforcement of the international position of the contemporary Dutch creative industry, and is focusing on new forms of international collaboration. Decision-making will take place within 6 weeks of submission so that in this uncertain international COVID-19 period the applicant knows quickly whether support will follow.

Working together on international projects in times of (local) crisis is nothing new. International partnerships therefore have to be flexible when dealing with sudden changes or unexpected events. In this temporary application procedure for international collaboration, it is important that not only the qualitative description of the collaboration is provided, but that there is also reflection on the feasibility of the project – for example, with regard to mobility and physically meeting up.

International projects involving a Dutch design party in collaboration with one or more international partners and in response to a specific foreign issue or assignment are eligible for this procedure. The Dutch party submits the application for the project.

An amount of up to € 20,000 is available for new or existing collaborations in the implementation of a project. The grant can be used for hours spent on desk research and online calls/meetings and the development costs of a non-physical result such as a video, publication, online workshop and website, but also for the development costs of a physical result such as a presentation or installation. Costs of travel and accommodation can only be applied for if there is a positive travel advice for the country (green or yellow) from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the time of application. A maximum of € 1,500 of the requested subsidy amount can be reserved for travel and accommodation costs.

This procedure has a subsidy ceiling of € 200,000 for the period up to 30 September 2020 and applications will be processed in order of receipt. The financial resources come from the Fund's budget for international cultural policy. In September, the initial results of this procedure will be evaluated and the decision will be taken whether to adapt and/or extend the procedure.

Offices wanted: space for 12 master-companion trajectories in architecture discipline

12 July 2020

Is your architectural office willing to dedicate time to helping a novice architect, urban planner, landscape architect or interior architecture perform a research project? The Creative Industries Fund NL is seeking architectural offices who would like to work with upcoming talents within the architectural discipline.
The fund is seeking 12 offices active in one of the fields of the architectural discipline, together forming a cross-section of the overall work field. The fund is therefore seeking a diverse range of offices in terms of sub-discipline, size, work domain, design method and regional base. Interdisciplinary offices are also invited to apply. The fund distinguishes the following profiles:

Profile 1 • architecture
Profile 2 • urban planning
Profile 3 • interior architecture
Profile 4 • garden and landscape architecture
Profile 5 • interdisciplinary

Offices working within at least one of these profiles are invited to apply. The deadline for applications is Thursday 30 July 2020. A call for apprentices will follow in September 2020.

Read more about the open call here.

additional resources for makers affected by Covid-19
In June 2020, Minister van Engelshoven provided the Creative Industries Fund with additional resources to support makers in the design sector who have been hit hard by the Covid-19 situation.

The Creative Industries Fund expects that the Covid-19 situation will make it extra difficult for novice architects to connect with the work field, to set up their own practice or to find a (training) position within an office. At the same time, offices will find it harder to devote time to research and experimentation. The fund therefore aims to devote extra resources to giving young architects an impetus and to supporting architectural offices, simultaneously.

Frequently asked questions about subsidy applications and tips

6 July 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

5 productions supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL nominated for the Golden Calf Best Interactive Award 2020

28 June 2020

The Netherlands Film Festival has nominated eight titles for the 2020 Golden Calf Award for Best Interactive production. This category covers virtual reality experiences, installations and multi-media productions. Five of the eight productions were supported through Creative Industries Fund's Immerse\Interact programme (previously, Non-fiction Transmedia) and the Digital Culture programme. All nominees can be viewed on the NFF Interactive Expo at Post Utrecht starting 25 September 2020.
The nominees are:
#VerlorenJongensZullenWinnen – Polina Medvedev and Isaura Sanwirjatmo (Studio Isaura San)
In this trans-media documentary installation, two young makers carrying a telephone, camera or microphone challenge dominant power structures and mainstream opinion-making. With the assistance of a group of Rotterdam students, the audience is immersed in a combination of online and live performances, ranging from dance and theatre to spoken word and debate.

Big Village – Beri Shalmashi and Lyangelo Vasquez (Kaliber Film)
Using narrative and images, this interactive documentary recreates the Iraqi town of Gewredê, which was entirely flattened by bombing in the 1980s. The Kurdish resistance movement, feared by Iran in its fight against the Ayatollahs, had their headquarters here. Gewredê is also where maker Beri spent the first few years of her life with her parents, before the family fled to the Netherlands.

More Moiré² – Philip Vermeulen (Studio Philip Vermeulen)
This immersive installation creates an overwhelming cinematographic experience within a panoramic capsule-like space. Through carefully composed landscapes of light, sound and moving moiré patterns, the maker plays tricks on people's perception.
Weightless Bricks Act II: Collaboration – Paula Strunden and John Cruwys (Soft Bodies)
This virtual space speculates on the future roles of freelancers and remote working. Thanks to evolving technologies, the possibilities for remote working are increasing steadily. As a result, the private domain and work domain are merging to form a single space. This project examines how you can expand your bodily experience by designing interactive virtual environments.

nerd_funk – Ali Eslami and Mamali Shafahi (ALLLESSS) (photo above)
This project presents a virtual Instagram identity which you can follow to ensure your exposure to a curated dose of contemporary digital culture. A series of VR experiences explores the larger themes that emerge from this media stream. In this installation structured as a series of chapters, users explore the new reality created through social media.
Big Village – Beri Shalmashi en Lyangelo Vasquez (Kaliber Film)

#VerlorenJongensZullenWinnen, Big Village and More Moiré² were created with the support of a grant provided through the Grant Programme Immerse\Interact (previously, the Grant Programme Non-fiction transmedia). This programme is offered in collaboration with the Netherlands Film Fund to support cross-over projects involving film, design and digital culture. Digital pioneers, interactive and graphic designers work with directors, screenwriters and producers to create innovative media productions. The next deadline for the Grant Programme Immerse\Interact is 25 August 2020.

Weightless Bricks Act II: Collaboration and nerd_funk were supported with a grant through the Grant Programme Digital Culture. The next deadlines for the Grant Programme Digital Culture are 12 August and 7 October 2020.

The 40th edition of the Netherlands Film Festival will be held from 25 September to 3 October 2020. For more information go to


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