Fund takes measures due to the coronavirus
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. So, for the time being we will continue to process applications for all the grant programmes, except the Internationalization Grant Programme and the Vouchers procedure for Presentations Abroad. In addition, we are in constant consultation with the government, fellow cultural funds and the field so that we can take appropriate measures.
In the paragraphs below, the Fund has set out all the measures being taken by the Fund.
Accommodating approach: supporting measures for makers, institutions and festivals
With regard to projects currently being supported and that are having to deal with the consequences of the coronavirus, the Fund is taking an accommodating position. This means that any postponement, modification or relocation of the project will in principle be accepted. This also applies to the reimbursement of costs already incurred if the project can no longer be carried out.
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.
The Fund cannot 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. Read more here (Dutch).
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 through to your contact person at the Fund, 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 not take place live at the Fund's offices, but in the form of a videoconference.
• All physical meetings of the Fund have been postponed until further notice.
• 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.
Applications already received
With regard to project applications that still have to be submitted to one of the committees, the possible impact of the corona outbreak on the viability of the project will not be taken into account in the committee's evaluation. If the committee's recommendation is positive, the applicant will be contacted first.
The Internationalization Grant Programme and the Vouchers procedure for Presentations Abroad are suspended until further notice. No applications can be submitted for the time being. This measure is being taken by the Fund because of the travel restrictions imposed in connection with COVID-19, as a result of which very many projects and presentations cannot take place abroad. This measure also applies to the Internationalization Action Agenda Spatial Design Voucher procedure.
Policy going towards 2021
We will make every effort, with the limited possibilities we have, to keep the impact of this crisis on the sector as manageable as possible. This means that we will deploy additional initiatives to give the sector a boost in order to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. We will investigate these possibilities in the coming period and emphatically invite the sector to think along with us. Interested? Please mail Syb Groeneveld.
Also read the Frequently asked questions and answers about the consequences for the cultural and creative sector on the website of the National Government (Dutch).