Grant Programme for Festivals: Who’s it for and what’s changed?
For the new 2017-2020 policy period, the Festivals process has become a separate grant programme. Every year, €800,000 will be available to support festivals in the creative industries that contribute to the quality, development and professionalization of contemporary Dutch architecture, design and digital culture. From now on, festivals must submit an application to the Grant Programme for Festivals, and can no longer apply to the grant programmes for architecture, digital culture or design. The 2017 deadlines are 22 March and 4 October. €400,000 is available in each round.
In principle, the festival programme is intended for festivals that are a recognisable part of the infrastructure of the creative industries. With their programming, they respond to trends in architecture, design or digital culture. An additional category is festivals that aren’t necessarily part of the infrastructure of the creative industries, but are developing programming that aligns with one of the disciplines. This cross-pollination between different disciplines has the potential make the developments in the creative industries interesting to a wider audience. There is also space for new initiatives within the programme, as the festival format is perfectly suited to react to current events.
You can view a selection of the applications that received funding in the past here.
What has changed?
The distinction between applying for phase 1 (preparation) and phase 2 (implementation) has disappeared. From now on all festivals, large and small, new and established, must submit one project application for the planning and execution of the upcoming edition of their festival. For applicants, it means that in addition to the setup and overview of the festival programme, they must also provide insight into the organisation, communications, funding and execution of the festival. To submit an application, please use the Grant Application Guidelines (PDF). With these changes, the Fund expects more consistency in evaluating the applications.
Exclusion from other grant programmes
Festivals may no longer apply to the grant programmes for architecture, digital culture or design. However, there is an exception for makers who have been invited by festivals to develop new work, and they can still apply to the above programmes. To do so, they must submit a project application under their own name which is accompanied by a letter of intent from the related festival.