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Fund takes measures due to the coronavirus

Fund takes measures due to the coronavirus

22 February 2021

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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.

The paragraphs below set out all the measures being taken by the Fund.

second support package 2021
Minister of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) Ingrid van Engelshoven has made an additional one-off amount of over € 10 million available to the Creative Industries Fund NL as part of the second support package for the cultural and creative sector. The aim of this support package is to maintain the vital chain components in the Dutch cultural infrastructure, in order to preserve the unique Dutch artistic product and to guarantee employment in the cultural and creative sector.
The Fund will offer additional support in this form in 2021:

Additional support grant scheme
As part of the second support package for the cultural and creative sector, the Creative Industries Fund NL has been able to draw up the Additional support for multi-year subsidized institutions Creative Industries Fund NL COVID-19 II Grant Scheme (RAOCCC-SCI-II). This grant offers an additional subsidy to the institutions supported by the Fund for several years and/or a bridging grant to those institutions that have seen their application rejected, but whose plan has been positively assessed.

Spatial Design Vouchers
On 1 April 2021, the Fund will start a voucher scheme for local authorities and semi-public organizations, which will enable them to grant a clearly defined design-research commission to a designer, collective or coalition, within certain thematic lines that link up with the National Environment Vision (NOVI). One condition is that the accumulated knowledge must be made available to the public as much as possible. Some € 5 million will be available for this scheme in 2021. With this grant we aim to counteract the decline in assignments for designers and at the same time create new sustainable forms of collaboration.

Building talent
In 2021, the Fund will also create at least 100 places under the Building Talent Grant Scheme for young professionals in the design disciplines who want to participate in a collaborative project with experienced design firms. With an additional investment of almost € 2 million, the Fund aims to strengthen the connection between recent graduates and the professional field.

Increase in subsidy budgets Design, Architecture, Digital culture, Talent development and Immerse\Interact with a total of € 1.2 million

first support package 2020
In 2020 the fund offered additional support in this form:

Regulation for additional support for multi-year subsidized institutions Creative Industries Fund NL covid-19
On April 15, the cabinet made an extra € 300 million available for the cultural sector. This support helps cultural institutions vital to the sector through the financially tough first months of the corona crisis. By supporting these crucial cultural organizations now, they can ensure that the flow of assignments, also towards the self-employed, gets going again after the crisis. The extra funds will be used, among other things, to increase the subsidies for institutions that are now supported for several years by the Creative Industries Fund NL. To this end, the Regulation for additional support for multi-year subsidized institutions Creative Industries Fund NL covid-19 has been set up. The additional subsidies that are provided under this grant scheme are determined ex officio - without an application - on the basis of a calculation of a percentage of the lost public income. You can find an overview of the subsidies provided here.

almost € 2 million extra for makers
In addition to the support for institutions, within the amount that the Fund receives from the € 300 million, an amount of almost € 2 million is available, specifically intended for makers.

The Fund uses these additional resources for makers as follows:

Increase in subsidy budgets Design, Architecture and Digital culture 2020;
To issue an open call aimed at the development of professional practice and cultural entrepreneurship in times of (post) covid (autumn 2020). View the selection here.
Issuing an open call aimed at talent development within the architecture disciplines. View the selection here.
A follow-up to Researching Remix, the Open Call Research, Act & Reflect. View the selection here.

general support measures for makers, institutions and festivals that have already been supported
The Fund is lenient with regard to projects that were supported before April 2020 that are affected by the consequences of the corona virus. This means that postponement (up to and including 2021), adjustment, postponement or discontinuation of the project is in principle accepted. This also applies to the reimbursement of eligible costs if the project can no longer be carried out.

The following applies:
• If your event or project has been canceled or rescheduled, please email your contact person at the Fund.
• If you receive an automatically generated message from the Fund about final reporting, but your event or project has been canceled or rescheduled, please email your contact person.
• You do not need to contact the Fund if you are in doubt whether your event or project will go ahead or not. Only in case of final cancellation or rescheduling, you email your contact person.

Fund accessibility
• 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.
• Specific questions about the procedure, budget and/or project plan can be sent via email to one of the grants officers. First check if you can find the answer to your question in the Frequently Asked Questions.
• 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.
• 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.

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29 projects selected in Design round 2 – 2021

15 July 2021

In the second Design round of 2021, 29 proposals have been selected. Coordinator Eva Roolker reflects on the round.
general impression
All the positively assessed applications received grants in this round. Almost half the applications concerned a starting grant. The selection was made from a wide range of projects: ranging from physical and online exhibitions to publications, films and documentaries, objects and dishes. The projects often focus on current themes.

diversity and inclusion
A current theme that plays a role in many applications is diversity and inclusion. Three projects in which the theme is approached differently are '100 Opheto', 'Beeldbank' and 'De ambassade van de Noordzee bouwt het Audement'.

100 Opheto – Wintertuin Curaçao
'100 Opheto' tells the story of Curaçao's history through the narrative of 100 evocative objects, with the aim of bringing cultural heritage to life and providing connection in a time of division, inequality and uncertainty. Central to this project is the question of how the connecting power of design, storytelling and heritage can be utilized to look with confidence to the collective future of Curaçaoans. The objects and their underlying stories will be presented in the form of a podcast, a digital collection and a book, and possibly at a physical location during Dutch Design Week 2021.

Beeldkracht – DRIFT
In this project, illustrator and researcher at DRIFT Maria Fraaije focuses on the visual discourse concerning the energy transition. She describes the visual language used as exclusionary with optimistic, stylized photos and infographics of technology and often only white, male figures. According to Maria Fraaije, this is at odds with the inclusive goals of the transition: everyone must participate to save us from climate change. With an online image bank of open-access illustrations, she aims to paint a more human and inclusive picture of the energy transition, to allow more people to feel involved in this task.

De Ambassade van de Noordzee bouwt het Audement – Stichting Partizan Publik
The Ambassade van de Noordzee's mission is to listen to the sea and to recognize the North Sea as a political player in its own right. Together with a scenographer, architects, an anthropologist and a lawyer, De Ambassade is building 'Het Audement', a new political space where listening is central and where non-people are heard.
Beeldkracht – DRIFT

Other notable projects in this round include:

Adaptable Auxetics – Fillip Studios
Fillip Studios researches and develops unique randomly generated 2D virtual auxetic structures by using 3D printing to physically make and deform them in a spatial installation. With the help of a starting grant, an exploratory feasibility study was carried out into the possibilities, design potential and technical feasibility of these structures, which do not shrink over the width when stretched lengthwise, but in fact also stretch in the width. The envisaged installation will be exhibited at various locations, combined with meetings with professionals in order to further develop the application possibilities of the technology.

Stitch Your Brain – Jap Sam Books
Publisher Jap Sam Books is working with designer/visual artist Monika Auch and graphic design studio Joost Grootens on an English-language publication resulting from the 'Stitch Your Brain Project', a long-term, international, empirical and visual research project at the interface of textile design and science. The project interweaves the workings of the brain with the workings of the hands and the craft of making. How does using digital tools instead of making by hand and having contact with materials affect our creativity, well-being, health and self-esteem?

The Miracle – Keplerfilm
The short animated film 'The Miracle' by Nina Deutz is about a woman with an unfulfilled desire for children. The film tells the story of Irma, a 40-year-old woman who spends her holiday at an all-inclusive resort that turns out to be aimed mainly at young families. Surrounded by pregnant women and couples with children, unexpected and double feelings about motherhood intrude. The Miracle is realized in the unique combination of 2D and stop-motion animation techniques used by Deutz.

Stitch Your Brain – Jap Sam Books

Click here for all the projects selected in Design round 2 – 2021

Of the 69 subsidy applications taken into consideration, 29 are receiving grants. This brings the percentage of applications receiving grants to 42%. The deadline for the third Design round in 2021 is 11 August. The next deadline after that is 29 September 2021.
Please note: in the week commencing 26 July, the online application environment will not be available due to maintenance work.


Open Call Professionalization and deepening of the practice (during and after COVID-19) #8

15 July 2021

COVID-19 has created new challenges in many practices. With an extra impulse, the Creative Industries Fund NL is now offering professionals within the fields of design, architecture and digital culture the opportunity to develop a distinctive strategy to achieve a future-proof practice. Proposals may be submitted until Wednesday 8 September 2021.
The COVID-19 crisis has greatly increased the urgency to professionalize and think strategically about the future. More than ever, we have experienced that ongoing assignments can suddenly grind to a halt, and that acquiring new assignments has become a lot more challenging due to the disappearance of informal encounters. How can you achieve new forms of acquisition? How do you ensure that you remain visible and distinctive to others? And what is the best way to innovate your practice? A long-term vision and strategy, both in artistic and entrepreneurial terms, are therefore of great importance. But how do you find a good balance between the two?

This open call provides an opportunity to conduct research in the areas of professionalization, reflection and deepening of the practice. We expect applicants to provide insight in particular into a vision for the future and problem definition in their proposal, and to set out a long-term development plan, involving at least two partners or advisers. In this way, the Fund aims to strengthen the design field and boost connections between culture, entrepreneurship and society. The open call is being issued for the eighth time and it focuses on the fields of design, architecture and digital culture and every possible crossover between these disciplines.

Proposals can be submitted until Wednesday 8 September 2021.
Read more about the Open Call and procedure here.

31 experienced agencies selected in Open Call Building Talent

15 July 2021

In the first part of the Open Call Building Talent, 31 experienced design agencies were selected. In the second part of the open call, they will be paired with talented, starting makers or designers to work together for three months on a topical design task. If you are interested, check here which conditions you must meet.
In response to the Open Call Building Talent for experienced design agencies, the Fund received 55 diverse proposals from across the creative industry. The applications were submitted for advice to an independent selection committee consisting of Jeroen van Erp (founder of Fabrique, Professor of Concept Design at TU Delft), Esther Muñoz Grootveld (head of programme State of Fashion, co-initiator of Taskforce Fashion), Ella Buzo (programme developer digital culture at Tetem) and Joost Emmerik (urban designer, landscape architect). They selected 31 solid proposals, with relevant tasks that both align well with their own expertise and are important for the design field. It is striking that a large proportion of the applications focus on social innovation. The selected design agencies offer starting designers and makers a place where they can gain knowledge and experience and expand their network, where they receive adequate guidance, and where there is also room for their own input and a different sound from a new generation.

The following design agencies were selected:

Fillip Studios
Circus Andersom
VRP architecten
Siba Sahabi
Redrum Bureau B.V.
Play the City
Het Huis van Betekenis
Summum (photo above)
Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters
radartoren architectuur
Frits van Dongen architecten en planners
Maatschap Observatorium
Beyond Space
Real Comics
Gerjanne van Gink
Lucas Maassen
Matthias Kreuitzer
Cityförster Rotterdam
Stichting Creative Coding Utrecht
Hozan Zangana studio
Mauroparravicini Architects
Officina Corpuscoli
Studio Harris Blondman
Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken

Read more about the selected design agencies and research proposals here.

subsequent procedure
The selected proposals will be included in the second part of the Open Call Building Talent for starting designers. They can subscribe to one of the selected assignments from the design agencies until 31 August 2021. After selection and successful matching of the starting designers with the design agency's research proposal, both parties can begin the collaborative programme. A repeat of this open call for experienced design agencies will follow in August, and a research proposal can again be submitted for a three-month collaborative programme in the spring of 2022.

Officina Corpuscoli

Open Call Building Talent 2021 for starting makers and designers

15 July 2021

The Fund is looking for starting makers and designers within the disciplines of architecture, design and digital culture who would like to participate in a three-month collaborative programme with experienced design agencies. In this first round, there are 31 spots available at a range of design agencies and practices across the entire breadth of the creative industries. Starting makers and designers can now subscribe to proposals submitted by experienced design agencies. You can subscribe up until 31 August 2021.
By means of this open call, the Creative Industries Fund NL is offering starting makers and designers the opportunity to work with experienced agencies on topical issues and design tasks. The programme involves a three-month working period, during which the starter will work directly with an experienced professional to explore a specific subject in greater depth.

From 17 May until 21 June, experienced design agencies were able to submit their research proposal. This concerned a design task, research question or experiment formulated by the agency. An external advisory committee has selected 31 applications from these proposals.

Until 31 August 2021, starting makers and designers can subscribe to one of these selected proposals. Based on the motivation and the profile, an external advisory committee will make a match between an experienced design agency and the starter. The Fund will then provide a grant to both parties. Subscribing to one of the tasks is relatively easy and takes little time.

Starting makers and designers can subscribe to one of the selected research proposals from the design agencies until 31 August.
Read more about the open call here.

Extra subsidy possibility Immerse\Interact XL Grant Scheme

14 July 2021

For the 31 August 2021 application round of the Immerse\Interact Grant Scheme, there is the possibility of an additional realization contribution: Immerse\Interact XL. The subsidy possibility is aimed at projects where COVID-19 has eliminated chances for the required additional Dutch or international funding.
In addition to the existing subsidy options within the Immerse\Interact Grant Scheme, there is an extra possibility in the round of 31 August: Immerse\Interact XL. The available budget stems from the COVID-19 support measures taken by the Ministry. The Immerse\Interact XL Grant Scheme is a stimulus for projects within the interdisciplinary media landscape.

extra impulse
The aim of the Immerse\Interact XL Grant Scheme is to give makers of immersive and interactive works an extra impulse and to provide them with additional support for their projects. The XL grants of up to € 200,000 per project can be used for activities to realize the high international ambitions, add production value and provide space for groundbreaking media research in an international context.

who is this for?
For the Immerse\Interact XL Grant Scheme, we are looking for distinctive, ambitious immersive and/or interactive media projects that have the potential to appeal to an international audience. New projects, but also projects with international potential that have already received a development or realization contribution from Immerse\Interact, but where chances to receive the required additional international funding have been lost due to COVID-19, can submit an application.

Netherlands Film Fund
The Immerse\Interact XL Grant Scheme is a collaboration between the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Netherlands Film Fund. Applications can only be submitted in digital form to the Netherlands Film Fund. For more information click here, or contact Nienke Doekes, project supervisor Selective Funding Netherlands Film Fund or Sean Gilis, coordinator Immerse\Interact Grant Scheme at Creative Industries Fund NL.

Photo above: Voor Liefde: Klik op F, Maarten Groen
Soulpaint, Monobanda

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