creative industries fund nl


The Fund establishes an available budget for each grant programme and for each round. The available budget for each grant programme can be found on our website. For the total annual budget, please refer to the annual report.
There are no maximum contributions that the Creative Industries Fund NL awards to projects or activities programmes. The amount of the Fund's contribution depends on various factors, including reasonableness and the degree of co-financing. The Fund establishes an available budget for each grant programme and for each round. It is unreasonable to request more than the available budget.

Because the Fund has not set a minimum for a subsidy contribution, small-scale projects can also be financed. For example, you can apply for a starting grant for the phase prior to your research or the implementation of your project. With a starting grant, you can involve content-specific expertise, investigate the design of the project in terms of content and look for financial support. An application for a starting grant must be developed further than just a concept. Otherwise, the advisory committee cannot gauge whether the application will lead to a meaningful follow-up project.

When submitting an application for a project, it is advisable to consider whether the time investment for the application is in keeping with the expected result.
Research, design, implementation, production, reflection and debate in the various phases of the development of architecture, design and E-culture are eligible for support.

Grants cannot be issued to:
Projects not covered by a grant programme
Educational programmes and related activities of educational institutions
Higher education institutions and universities, or research conducted by organizations associated with these
Projects that take place as part of an academic or training programme
Study trips
Education projects
Feasibility studies
Construction, renovation, interior design or restoration projects
Mass production
Projects that are revivals or reprints
Projects in which there is no Dutch involvement or interest
Projects with a duration exceeding 24 months
Projects that involve no reasonable co-financing in terms of the structure of the project.
To apply for a subsidy, go to the online application environment and create a new application. Please complete the application form in full and submit it before the closing date. In addition, you must enclose the following files: a project plan, a CV, budget and planning of the project, a communication plan, a representative image for communication purposes, an extract from the Chamber of Commerce register (not older than 12 months), annual accounts if applicable, articles of association if applicable. In addition, you can optionally add the following files to the application: an offer letter, visual material, letters of intent.

Before submitting an application, please read the information concerning the relevant grant programme carefully. You will also find the closing dates of the subsidy rounds here.

The online application form can be submitted until 23.59 on the closing date. You are strongly advised to do this earlier.
No, students are not eligible. The Fund focuses on professionals working in the creative industry. In order to receive a grant from the Fund, the applicant must be registered in the Chamber of Commerce (KvK) business register, or a foreign equivalent.
Projects with an international component may be submitted under the various Fund grant programmes. The Fund also offers the Internationalization Grant Programme, for which specific criteria apply. The main objective of the project must be in line with the Internationalization Grant Programme and the project must be a collaboration between Dutch and international parties, or the expected result is such a collaboration. For more information, see the Internationalization Grant Programme.
No, it is not possible to apply for more than one grant programme for a single project. If it concerns a follow-up, it may be possible. Contact a Fund member of staff.
An external advisory committee has been appointed for each grant programme. The committee evaluates your application and issues a recommendation to the Board of the Fund. You can find the different committees here.

The advisory committee evaluates your application on the basis of the Subsidy Regulations and the relevant grant programme.
No, but refer to the Grant Application Guide (PDF) before submitting your application. The guide provides advice with regard to the grant application and drawing up the project plan, budget and communication plan.
Due to increased pressure on the schemes as a result of the covid-19 crisis, it is currently not possible to submit draft versions of applications to the staff members. Specific questions about the procedure, budget and / or the project plan can be asked by e-mail.
The Creative Industries Fund NL uses a tender construction when assessing open calls. This means that within the available budget, a number of proposals will be chosen over the others; the proposals are therefore ranked in relation to each other. Only positively rated projects can be supported.
Applications within the basic Grant Programmes are initially assessed on their own quality. This concerns individual projects that, unlike in the case of open calls, are not set up within a context set by the Fund. If the positively assessed applications within the Grant Programmes jointly exceed the available budget, priority will be given and the applications will be compared with each other on the basis of set criteria.
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) has set up various cultural funds. With their subsidies to institutions and artists, the cultural funds facilitate dynamism and innovation in the cultural sector. In addition to the Creative Industries Fund NL, applications can also be made to the other funds. Each fund focuses on a different cultural area.

Performing arts
The Performing Arts Fund supports all forms of professional performing arts. Performing arts institutions and artists in the field of dance, theatre, festivals, music and music theatre in the Netherlands can apply here.

Innovation in the arts
The Cultural Participation Fund supports innovative initiatives in the field of amateur art, cultural education and popular culture. Many Dutch people take part in these activities.

Visual arts and heritage
The Mondriaan Fund is the fund for visual arts and cultural heritage. The fund focuses mainly on museums, presentation institutions, artists initiatives, archives and libraries. The Mondriaan Fund Policy Plan 2013-2016 clarifies the role of the fund in the subsidy system.

The Netherlands Film Fund stimulates the development, production and distribution of a diverse and high-quality range of films in the Netherlands.

The Dutch Foundation for Literature stimulates literature with grants and subsidies to writers, translators, publishers and festivals. The fund also supports the distribution and promotion of Dutch and Frisian literature at home and abroad.

Private cultural funds
There are also private funds and initiatives that make money available for culture. Well-known private funds are the VSBfonds, the Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, Stichting DOEN and the VandenEnde Foundation.

Fonds Kwadraat (interest-free loan)
Fonds Kwadraat provides interest-free loans to artists and designers. In 2014, the Fund entered into a partnership with Fonds Kwadraat. The aim is to support more projects in the creative industries, increase support generally and stimulate entrepreneurship through smart financing strategies. With a positive subsidy evaluation, a project proposal automatically qualifies for an additional interest-free loan. For more information, click here.

Contact point for interdisciplinary applications
The six national public cultural funds have appointed a contact person for applicants who operate at the interface between different disciplines or between culture and the rest of society. This person informs applicants about the possibilities for a contribution from the various funds (Mondriaan Fonds, Cultural Participation Fund, Performing Arts Fund, Netherlands Film Fund, Dutch Foundation for Literature and Creative Industries Fund NL) and will refer them if necessary. The contact person, Bonnie Dumanaw, can be reached by e-mail.
For security reasons, your account will be approved manually. This only happens during workdays. So create an account in time.
It is possible that the confirmation email has ended up in your spam folder. If this is not the case, please contact the Fund.
The Fund contributes a maximum of € 65 excl. VAT to the hourly rate of the applicant and equivalent collaboration partner. For a guideline on hourly rates, please refer to the website of the Fair Practice Code for more information.
When drawing up the budget for your subsidy application, it is important to take into account whether you will have to pay VAT if you receive a grant. Whether or not you are subject to VAT depends on the activities you carry out. If you are subject to VAT, you draw up your budget exclusive of VAT. You can reclaim the VAT included in your expenditure from the Belastingdienst (Inland Revenue Service). If you cannot reclaim the VAT included in your expenditure from the Belastingdienst, this VAT is a component of the project costs and you draw up the budget including VAT. If in doubt, consult your financial adviser or a tax inspector.

If your application is honoured, the Fund will regard the amount of grant awarded to you as a contribution to the costs of your project and not as a payment (charged with VAT) for a service provided to the Fund. If, at any time, it should transpire that you are nevertheless liable for VAT on the Fund's contribution, we will assume that this VAT is included in the amount of the subsidy granted. In that case, any VAT charged on the contribution will be entirely borne by the applicant.
Fte means full-time equivalent, a unit expressing the number of people employed or the size of a person's job.
You only fill in the number of ftes working within your organization; as a freelancer you fill in 1 fte for a full-time working week and for example 0.2, 0.5 of 0.8 fte for part-time depending on the part of the week you work.
At the question 'are the bank details correct' in the application form at Organization 1.2, if you click 'no', fields will appear in which you can type.
Yes, those are the same numbers.
You can simply submit the application and upload an empty document instead of the Chamber of Commerce (KvK) form. However, we will need your KvK registration number within a few weeks. A grant cannot be awarded without a KvK number.
Tip: lower the resolution of your images or compress your PDFs.
You should not send the documents to the Fund by e-mail or via WeTransfer.
You can submit the online application form until 23.59 on the closing date. We strongly advise you to submit your application earlier due to the potential volume of traffic on the server.
The Creative Industries Fund NL will notify you through an official written notice of its decision no more than 10 weeks after the grant programme deadline. Keep in mind that you may not begin your project prior to the date of the official notice of this decision.
Yes, the assessment relates to your project proposal. If you are rejected, that does not say anything about your organization, you are welcome to submit a different or improved proposal in the next round.
The number of applications that the Creative Industries Fund NL receives varies per round and per Grant Programme. View the annual report to get an idea of the total number of applications per year and the distribution among the Grant Programmes.
The Creative Industries Fund NL endeavours to achieve good and clear service provision and attaches great importance to customer satisfaction. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Fund by telephone or e-mail. However, it is possible that you are not satisfied with the Fund's service or communication. In that case, you can submit a complaint in accordance with our complaints procedure. The aim of this procedure is to further improve the quality of our services and to ensure that the Fund handles your complaint with due care.
Recourse to the Government Information (Public Access) Act (Wob)
If you submit a request to the Fund to obtain certain information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act (Wob), you can only submit this request by letter. This letter must be sent by post, stating Wob request and your reference and sent to:

Creative Industries Fund NL
concerning Wob request
P.O. Box 29066
3001 GB Rotterdam

Request requirements
Make sure that your letter requesting information contains at least the following points:

You must mention the topic, decision or document on which you would like information. If you only mention a topic, it should be sufficiently specific. The topic should therefore not be formulated in too broad a manner.
The information must be demonstrably available from the Creative Industries Fund NL.
The information you require must be recorded somewhere at the Fund.
The information you request must relate to one of the activities of the Fund and therefore to an administrative matter. So it concerns the policy of the Fund, including the preparation and implementation of this policy.

Processing of your request
The Fund must take a decision within four weeks of receiving your request. However, the Fund may extend the period of four weeks. In that case, you will be informed of this extension. Reasons for extension may include the involvement of other parties.

If the Fund decides in favour of your request, the information requested by you will be sent to you at the same time as notice of the decision. In the event of a negative decision, you will be informed of the reasons for the decision.
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