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Round 2: Open Call Building Talent 2021 for experienced design agencies

Round 2: Open Call Building Talent 2021 for experienced design agencies

9 August 2021

The Creative Industries Fund NL is looking for experienced design agencies within the disciplines of architecture, design and digital culture and every possible crossover that, with a contribution from the Fund, would like to enter into a collaborative programme with a talented, starting maker or designer this year for a period of approximately three months. In this second round, which is open until 13 September 2021, design agencies can submit a research proposal. There is scope to support approximately 69 agencies.
Note: this open call has ended.

By means of this open call, the Fund is offering experienced design agencies the opportunity to work with starting makers and designers on topical issues and design tasks. The programme involves a three-month working period, during which the design agency and the starter will work directly together to explore a specific subject in greater depth. The application is relatively quick and easy to prepare.

From the beginning of October, the starting design talents – who have been working in the creative industry for a maximum of 4 years – can subscribe to the selected research proposals through a new open call. An external advisory committee will then make a match between the agency and the designer. The Fund subsequently provides a subsidy to both the design agency and the starting designer or maker.

Design agencies can submit a proposal until 13 September at the latest.

Read more about the open call here.

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Open Call Fresh Perspectives #6

16 September 2021

The Fund invites mid-career makers and designers from the creative industries to submit a proposal, together with a collaboration partner, which focuses on tackling a current social issue. By means of the Fresh Perspectives Open Call, the Fund aims to encourage designers with a good concept to enter into a collaboration with a renowned company, organization or knowledge institution. Submission is possible until Wednesday 27 October 2021.
The aim of this open call is to bring together designers and parties with a solid social or knowledge position. The Fund is challenging these parties to utilize this collaboration to achieve innovative, surprising solutions for today's design challenges.

Depending on the task, the results of the collaboration may assume a diversity of forms: a product, intervention or service, for instance. It is possible to work together with international partners. However, the applicant must be based in the Netherlands and there must be a predominantly Dutch interest in the project.

Creative Industries Fund NL is making € 270,000 available for this Open Call. The maximum contribution per project is € 45,000. Please note that this amount is granted in three phases.

The open call has three phases:

Phase 1: start-up phase – formalization of collaboration(s), funding, planning and research framework (3 to maximum 6 months). A maximum sum of € 10,000 per proposal is available for this phase. For the application for this phase, you describe the activities that contribute to focusing the content and organizational side of the project. In the initial phase, the partnership is perpetuated and substantive and financial support for the project in phase 2 is secured. The start-up phase is also there to conduct preliminary research, draw up collaboration agreements and possibly work out a first proof of concept.
Phase 2: implementation phase – further development and implementation of the project (maximum 2 years). A maximum sum of € 30,000 per proposal is available for this phase.
Phase 3: impact/presentation phase – possibility of additional funding to enhance the impact of the project outside the realm of the creative industries (maximum 6 months). A maximum sum of € 5,000 per proposal is available for this phase.

The application for phase 1 can be submitted until 27 October 2021.
Read more about this open call and how to submit it here.

Third update Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration

16 September 2021

The new round for applications for the Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration opened on 6 September 2021. The 29 proposals that were recently selected are good examples of what this programme aims to achieve and the types of projects that are eligible for support. Coordinator Roxanne Minten looks back at some of the projects that were selected in this recent round.
The Creative Industries Fund NL supports projects that contribute to the development, positioning and strengthening of the Dutch creative industry's international position. In the last round, 29 projects were supported; together with the 18 projects we previously published, a total of 47 projects were supported in this continuous round. The three disciplines supported by the fund – design, architecture and digital culture – are represented fairly equally. The themes of the proposals are very diverse: from the effects of climate change on people's personal living environments in the Dutch and German Wadden region to the involvement of residents with urban planning in a district of the French municipality of Villeurbanne, and from a pop-up museum that looks at the current state of democracy, starting in Poland, to an investigation into waste streams created during PET felt processing in Turkey. Particularly noteworthy is the focus on the inclusion and representation of women in the following two projects:

Database of women not wearing bikinis – Bente de Bruin and Monica Alcazar-Duarte
Photographer Monica Alcazar-Duarte (Mexico/United Kingdom) and data and code programmer Bente de Bruin use a video installation to show the impact of biased search engines and social media algorithms on the Mexican portrayal of women. The installation will consist of responsive portraits and an AR app that shows both the bias of the current algorithms as well as an alternative crowd-sourced database that contributes to a more positive image of Mexican women. The installation will also show a code-generated film. The installation will be presented in March 2022 at the biennial for contemporary photography in Mannheim, Germany.
Database of women not wearing bikinis – Bente de Bruin and Monica Alcazar-Duarte

Variable Type as object – Studio Charlotte Rohde
Charlotte Rohde and Vera van de Seyp bring a new perspective to Dutch and German typography and type design with the help of emerging technologies such as variable type and creative coding. The designers feel that women are underrepresented in the type design and coding fields. For this reason, the project will be carried out from a feminist perspective and will make a critical statement about Dutch and German typography and type design. The results will be presented in Berlin.

The following three projects give an idea of the wide range of themes covered:

Peace by Design – MUST Stedebouw
The design agency MUST has been invited by the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York to collaborate with them on one of the elements of the 'Designing Peace' exhibition. This exhibition brings together designs from around the world to show how designers work with communities, individuals and NGOs to create lasting peace. MUST will contribute to this project with Startblok Elzenhagen, a temporary housing project in Amsterdam Noord, initiated by housing associations De Key and Eigen Haard in close collaboration with the design agency. In Startblok Elzenhagen, young Dutch people live together with young 'status holders' (refugees granted a residence permit). It provides affordable housing for young people looking for somewhere to live in the city, who are socially engaged and who would like to actively contribute to a better, healthier and safer living environment.

The Dutch designer Adrianus Kundert has teamed up with the Canadian designer Jamie Wolfond to establish an online platform on Instagram about basket weaving (also known as basketry). The goal is to create new opportunities for Dutch designers through the exchange of knowledge about basket weaving, and to help them link up with international makers. This year the team aims to increase the platform's impact by developing their own website and building a network with the makers involved. The first part of this project consists of a concept and research phase, during which Kundert and Wolfond will meet the relevant people online. They will then set up a network and draw up a plan. The second part will focus on the further development of the concept into a website.

Dhvāni – Budhaditya
In his project 'Dhvāni' – meaning resonance in Sanskrit - Budhaditya Chattopadhyay focuses on sonic rituals and pre-modern listening methodologies. He aims to do this through a series of self-regulating and autonomous media art works consisting of traditional and ritual objects from South Asia, such as temple bells, a Buddhist gong, a wind chime and ghungroos. For this installation Budhaditya uses Machine Learning models. The resulting algorithm will, with datasets of temple bell sounds and the presence of the public, serve as conductor of the experience produced by the installation. Budhaditya collaborates with various parties: Rewire Festival (Netherlands), (association for Net Art and Network Culture in Austria), and the Serendipity Arts foundation from New Delhi, India.

Dhvāni – Budhaditya

You can view the entire selection here.

budget current round
The available budget for the Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration is € 325,000 until 5 November 2021. If a positive recommendation before 5 November 2021 means that the subsidy limit of € 325,000 is exceeded, the Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration will end immediately and any proposals submitted following the project that led to the subsidy limit being exceeded will not be processed.

Projects that are eligible for the Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration should focus on new forms of international collaboration in response to a specific international request or assignment. The applicant should be a Dutch design party who collaborates with one or more international partners. The maximum duration of a project is six months. Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.


26 Oct: Online Get a Grant event

16 September 2021

When can you apply for a grant, how does it work and what do you need to be aware of? The Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fund are jointly organizing an online information session on grant possibilities for artists and designers who have already graduated or are close to graduation. Sign up and participate on 26 October 2021 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the online event.
The Get a Grant Event gives an overview of what the Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fund can offer young creative professionals. Are you looking for funding for your project or practice? Staff from the two funds will tell you about the subsidy possibilities. In addition two recipients of the grant will talk about their experiences in submitting an application and answer questions from the public. Afterwards you can ask the speakers specific questions.

date: 26 October 2021
time: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
registration: Sign up here.
language: English

moderator: Femke Dekker (curator, moderator, (radio) DJ and teacher on art academies)
speakers: artist Romy Yedidia
fund employees: Carmen Muskee (Mondriaan Fonds) & Carlijn Limburg (Stimuleringsfonds)

get a grant events
Since 2015, the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Mondriaan Fund have jointly organized joint Get a Grant events. Meetings to inform (just) starting artists and designers, students and alumni about the subsidy possibilities of both funds.
This meeting is organized online due to measures around covid. Read a summary of one of the last Get a Grant Events here.

Talent Development Grant Programme
The Talent Development Grant Programme of the Creative Industries Fund NL is open for applications once a year. The closing date for next year will be announced towards the end of 2021. Please keep an eye on our website and newsletter.

Artist Start
The Artist Start grant of the Mondriaan Fund is for artists who have been working professionally for a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 4 years and who want to further develop their art practice. Applications can be submitted at any time of the year

The pandemic has resulted in greater solidarity in the cultural sector

16 September 2021

The Creative Industries Fund NL presented its new policy plan for the 2021-2024 period 'Room for connection' just before the confirmed outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which meant that part of the plan could go straight into the bin. So what has changed in the past eighteen months during the pandemic for makers and institutions in the design sector and what has the Fund been able to do to provide the necessary support? We reflect on the past eighteen months and look ahead to the future with Executive Director Syb Groeneveld.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the cultural sector. How has the Fund been able to help the affected institutions and makers?

At the start of the pandemic, the funds, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Taskforce established by Kunsten '92 and the provincial and municipal authorities, immediately focused their attention on what it would for cultural institutions to lose a significant part of their ticket income. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science subsequently introduced a financial support scheme to partially compensate all institutions supported by the cultural Basic Infrastructure (BIS) as well as those receiving long-term support from the funds for the loss of income. It is important to note that the damage to the wider cultural sector due to the pandemic is far greater than can be compensated through government support.
The Creative Industries Fund NL has implemented the government scheme for the institutions that it supports in the long term. This support has been important to ensure that a festival such as the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven or the Pakhuis de Zwijger cultural centre in Amsterdam or the International Architecture Biennial in Rotterdam had the financial means to continue with their programmes during the pandemic.

And what support was offered to the makers?

The largest share of the support packages for the cultural and creative sector went to the institutions and this helped to ensure the survival of important parts of the cultural infrastructure. As an initial action, this proved to be a very important step and a lot of makers are indirectly supported by the financial help offered to these institutions. At the same time the minister also decided, rightly so and on the insistence of a great many different parties, to allocate funds specifically to the makers since they experienced a significant drop-off in assignments and had to look for other ways to position themselves as creative and inspiring artists.

The Creative Industries Fund NL opted for a number of support schemes to help us support makers and designers.

We saw a significant increase in the number of applications as early as April –May 2020 for our Design, Architecture and Digital Culture Grant Schemes. This was when we all worked from home and our committee meetings took place online. The committee members managed to discuss and assess the applications during these online meetings and it is quite incredible how we managed to continue with our processes and interactions without meeting face-to-face. A word of gratitude is in place for all colleagues and advisors who continued to work throughout this pandemic with so much passion and enthusiasm. We received hundreds more applications for our programmes than usual in 2020, which is why we moved fast to allocate part of the support schemes within these programmes. This enabled us to provide financial support for an additional eighty projects or so in 2020 alone.

In the summer of 2020 we decided to change the Internationalisation Programme into the Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration. We may not have been able to travel abroad but we could still initiate international collaboration projects. The temporary procedure made it relatively simple for people to submit an application to look for international collaboration opportunities. Since the summer of 2020, the Temporary Procedure for International Collaboration has resulted in more than a hundred international collaboration projects. This has made the sector both more agile as well as more resilient and means that people have already developed many new international networks as travel restrictions are being lifted. This is hugely important for the design sector.

The start of 2021 also saw the introduction of our Experiment Grant Scheme for makers who could start their project immediately after having received a positive decision following a simple application and a fast track recommendation procedure. This has resulted in surprising and innovative projects from makers who had never submitted an application to the Fund before. More than thirty experiments have already been started out of a total of a hundred applications received since February this year.

The additional support measures have also allowed us to issue two open calls for the professionalisation of the design practice. We invited design agencies and makers to 'think about the consequences of this pandemic for the way you organise your practice. This can be about collaboration or the provision of a service or it can be about anything really, but do ask for help or use the expertise of others'. This initiative has enabled us to help dozens of agencies and makers. The COVID-19 support packages allowed us to make an additional twenty grants available for 2022 in the Talent Development Grant Programme. The lockdown made it difficult for talented individuals to build their networks, to show their work and to pursue their professional development. Talent development will remain an important focus point for the Fund in the coming post-pandemic years, both within and outside of professional art education.

We started two new programmes with the help of some substantial financial support: Building Talent and the Spatial Design Vouchers. We are investing two million euros in Building Talent and approximately six million euros in Spatial Design Vouchers.

Building Talent is about creating new connections between young designers and established agencies. We had noticed for a while in the architectural sector that it seemed hard for these parties to find each other. This is why we issued a limited call where we asked agencies what type of research they would be interested in supporting in collaboration with a starting designer for a period of three months. We subsequently matched twelve agencies with twelve designers with some very surprising results. Last spring we extended the call to the entire design field, including design and digital culture. Out of the many applications received, we finally selected 31 agencies, and 148 young designers responded to their research proposals. We are currently repeating this open call. With this programme we support five things that are extremely important for this sector: the further development of the young designer's practice, a broadening from the agency's perspective and new forms of commissioning, entrepreneurial skills of young talent and new networks.

Our other major programme, the Spatial Design Vouchers, links the power of design to the four key themes of the National Strategy on Spatial Planning and the Environment (Nationale Omgevingsvisie – NOVI). Europe faces a number of important challenges such as energy transition issues, climate adaptation, mobility and urban density or contraction. We want to deploy the power of design because it can provide new perspectives and new types of imagination. We also discovered that local authorities throughout the country are often not fully aware of the contribution that can be made by good design or do not know how to access and make use of this. For this reason, we have developed vouchers that can be used by local authorities and semi-public organisations to pay for design professionals. We have a broad network of parties working on transition issues and we are actively looking to introduce these parties to the relevant local authorities. We would like to see good examples being applied in other locations, to share knowledge in the same way the scientific community does and to find out how we can apply solutions elsewhere at less cost. We aim to achieve this through issuing various open calls. Since the start of this programme five months ago, we managed to reach hundreds of interested parties and we will continue with this initiative in the months ahead.

The Open Call Research, Act and Reflect is equally important. With this initiative we intend to reach grassroots organisations that represent different perspectives on our society and do not automatically receive any help through the BIS system or any of the institutions receiving long-term support through the Fund. However, these organisations are an important voice in the industry and, through their programmes, contribute to a culturally diverse and inclusive creative industry. We have set up a separate procedure that has enabled us to significantly invest in a number of institutions such as The Black Archives in Amsterdam and Teaching Design research in Rotterdam. We will repeat this open call this autumn. We hope that this group of institutions will ultimately become part of the infrastructure of the design field that we represent.

If immediate support and compensation was important during the early days of the pandemic, what was the Fund able to do for the creative sector once it became clear that this crisis wouldn't blow over soon?

The pandemic has continuously forced us to be adaptive in our response with regard to how best to support the sector. We are now eighteen months into this pandemic and we are currently reviewing our role for the coming years. Should we shift the emphasis in our policy plan? Based on our observations so far, we think that the three themes of talent development, professionalisation and internationalisation will become increasingly important for the further development of the design sector in the years ahead. We will be holding talks in the next couple of months to find out whether this should lead to changes in our multi-annual budget for this policy period. I very much hope that we will be given the opportunity to extend this policy period since it feels a bit strange to already start writing about the next policy period next year. We, and with that I mean the entire cultural and creative industry, have only just resumed our usual activities and we will need more time.

Whenever money is handed out, criticism soon follows. What do you think of the opportunities that were offered and how well the sector made use of these opportunities?

It is impossible to repair all the damage caused by this pandemic. At first everyone was really worried that the institutions would not survive and that we would be unable to recoup these losses. The critical report from the Boekmanstichting 'Ongelijk getroffen, ongelijk gesteund' about the impact of the pandemic on the cultural sector refers to the need at the time to prioritise support of elementary parts of the cultural infrastructure. Thanks to this support, some institutions managed to build up a reserve which will help them to emerge from this pandemic more strongly. At the same time, we hope to see solidarity in the sector, so that institutions will continue to provide self-employed makers and designers with work. Solidarity is an important principle that is linked to the Fair Practice Code. Without this solidarity, the cultural sector will permanently lose many self-employed makers and designers who may need to find work in other sectors such as construction or retail which has staff shortages and often offer better pay. This would be a real loss for our sector in terms of strengths and talent. We have to improve the way we treat people who are committed to working in our sector to avoid creating our own variant of the brain drain as currently seen in science and the care sector. For this reason, it is now more important than ever that we adhere to the Fair Practice Code in the cultural sector. This Fund is responsible for checking that the applications and current support schemes apply this code throughout the sector. This means that cultural productions are based on decent and realistic budgets. The consequence of this is that, despite an unchanged budget, fewer productions will be subsidised although we will become more resilient as a sector.

How can the creative sector emerge stronger from this pandemic and what lessons can we learn from this pandemic?

There are so many lessons to be learned, of course. Take our particular field for example: we no longer see public space the same as we did before social distancing, we have become accustomed to hybrid forms of events and public presentations, music is performed with a focus on alternative experience concepts; as an example, see the Upstream: Music x Design Grant Scheme. This means that the sector is transitioning to new forms of service and we will continue to focus on this. The six state cultural funds recently launched the innovation labs with CLICKNL, on the instruction of Minister van Engelshoven. The innovation labs will initiate a number of major research projects in the near future looking at the lessons of the last eighteen months with regard to digitisation, spatial planning and new working methods or earning models for productions. The open call has a budget of approximately 3 million euros and opens on 30 September 2021.

What does the Fund intend to focus on in the near future?

We feel a great sense of responsibility for and towards the sector. The annual budget has been increased from twenty million to more than thirty million euros in 2021. The organisation has been expanded to help us manage all applications and to support knowledge sharing. We are providing support for hundreds of additional projects and ensure that this extra money is allocated to the designers concerned. We are working hard to combine the knowledge gained from the projects that we support and to make this knowledge accessible to others.

In the long term, we will continue to focus on promoting artistic quality, experiments/research as well as encouraging professionalisation and good commissioning practices. If we can make a contribution to linking design quality to current themes, we will do what we, as a Fund, were called upon to do when we were established. We remain committed to link the talents of designers and makers to sectors within and outside of the cultural domain, both nationally and internationally. And it goes without saying that we will continue to push talented individuals to look for new perspectives. That is the best thing we can hope to do as a Fund.

Photo: Online lecture Get a Grant event Architect with architect Donna van Milligen Bielke in collaboration with Fontys

Fund takes measures due to the coronavirus

15 September 2021

Last update
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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