Tips for Grant Programme Talent Development applicants
Talent is there to be developed. This requires, among other things, time, concentration and the opportunity for experimentation. To make this space possible the Creative Industries Fund NL offers working grants through the Talent Development Grant Programme. Between the 6th of February and the 6th of March it is possible to apply for a working grant for 2021.
Starting and talented designers and makers are eligible for the talent development grant. The working grant gives you a whole year to determine your direction, invest in knowledge development, expand your network and work on the professionalization of your practice.
If you are planning to submit an application to Talent Development or one of our other grant programmes, please take advantage of these tips:
1. Inform yourself
The Fund's website contains a lot of information about all the different programmes, including Talent Development. So before you start an application, take a moment to read all the basic information.
2. View the Talent Platform
View the Talent Platform and get inspiration of the makers who were previously supported by the Grant Programme Talent Development. The platform provides an overview of all makers who received the working grant since 2014 and offers inspiring portraits.
3. Be critical of yourself
Self-reflection is important anyway, especially when developing a proposal for a grant application. Think carefully about what you want with the work grant and ensure a good motivation, ask yourself what you add to your profession through positioning and ensure proper descriptions of your work.
4. Ask others for feedback
To hone your proposal, reactions from outsiders and/or colleagues can be very valuable. Discuss your proposal with them, ask for feedback and focus on where you want to go and what you want to develop in your work.
5. Be complete
Applications are assessed by the committee based on the information contained in the application. So make sure it is complete and don't forget any details, but also make sure there is no overlap in the information.
Knowing how to transfer your plans and ambitions is half the battle. Therefore make sure your application is clear and well written. Make sure that the ambitions that you formulate in your motivation letter are consistent with your portfolio. Have someone check this if necessary.
7. Don't get discouraged
Every year we receive many applications for the talent development grant. Do not be discouraged if you are not immediately selected. But use this to rethink and sharpen your motivation letter and portfolio. Sometimes it doesn't work the first time, but you do get the working grant the second time you apply for it.
Do you have a question that is not answered on the Talent Development page? Mail Sharvin Ramjan of the Grant Programme of Talent Development. Or call Of +31 (0) 10 4361600