Grant Programme for Design
02 october 2020
The Fund uses the Design grant programme to support projects that contribute to the quality, development and professionalization of Dutch design. The grant programme's objective is to stimulate (design and artistic) research, experiment and reflection in the field of design and to create free space for professional makers and organizations.
Under design, the Fund includes the following fields: accessories design, animation, bio design, food design, glass design, graphic design and visual communication, illustration, interactive and information design, interior and spatial design, ceramic design, light design, fashion design, product, furniture and industrial design, scenography, jewellery design, social design, cartoons and graphic novels, exhibition design, textiles design, typography and related disciplines focusing on analysis of and reflection on design.
Round 20VE/2 October 2020 – € 580,000
increased subsidy budget Design grant programme 2020
The subsidy budget of the Design grant programme has been increased by € 200,000 per round for rounds 20VC, 20VD and 20VE. The Fund is able to do this because of extra resources from the Minister of Education, Culture and Science that must benefit makers, and by reallocating subsidy budgets from the Internationalization grant programme that cannot be used owing to COVID-19. For more information, click here.
In the Grant Application Guide (PDF), you will find guidelines and tips for preparing a grant application to the Creative Industries Fund NL.
Who is this programme aimed at?
- The Design grant programme is intended for designers and makers working in one or more disciplines included in the field of design.
The grant programme is also open to other parties, such as commissioning clients and cultural institutions, provided their activities serve Dutch design and designers, and they work in a project-based manner and do not receive structural state support. For the implementation of one-year or two-year grant programmes, they can apply to the Fund's grant programme for Activities Programmes and the Four-year Institutional Grant Programme for Creative Industries 2021-2024.
For which projects can a grant be applied for?
- Under the Design grant programme, project grants can be requested for artistic projects such as research, experiment, design, the creation of (new) work and its presentation. It is also possible to submit an application for activities and publications aimed at the analysis and reflection on design, projects aimed at national or international knowledge exchange and projects that stimulate popular interest in the field.
amount of subsidy
The amount of the Fund's contribution is based on the project's budget and depends on various factors, including reasonableness and the degree of co-financing. The Fund has not set a minimum for a subsidy contribution, so small-scale projects can also be financed.
For the phase prior to research or implementation of a project, the Design grant programme makes it possible to apply for a starting grant. The maximum amount of a starting grant is € 7,500. 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.
See the Grant Application Guide (PDF) for more information on drawing up a budget.
If your application concerns a publication, please consult the Publications Calculation Form.
temporary procedure for international cooperation
For international projects involving an applicant Dutch design partner in collaboration with one or more international partners and in connection with a specific foreign question or assignment, the Fund has the Temporary International Cooperation Procedure. This procedure runs until 30 September and replaces the Grant Programme Internationalization and the Voucher Procedure Presentations Abroad that are temporarily closed due to Covid-19.
For the preparation, structuring and implementation of festivals in the field of design, an application can be submitted under the Festivals grant programme.
What are the evaluation criteria?
- Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the regulations of the Design grant programme (PDF). You should therefore make sure that you are familiar with the conditions, criteria and objectives set out in these regulations.
The objective of the Design grant programme is to support projects that contribute to the quality, development and professionalization of Dutch design. This also requires that projects address at least one of the Fund's policy objectives:
• promoting experiments and crossovers
• stimulating research, analysis and reflection
• encouraging talent development and artistic quality
• advancing social commitment and public activities
• reinforcing the international position of the design sectors
• promoting the professionalization of the design practice and exemplary commissioning
The committee of external advisers makes a pronouncement on the extent to which projects are expected to contribute to the objectives of both the grant programme and the Fund. The committee pays particular attention to the following:
• the relevance of the issue;
• the planned approach;
• the expertise of the parties involved;
• the intrinsic and financial backing;
• the consistency between these components.
See the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) Articles 16 to 21 for a detailed explanation of the evaluation criteria.
View the composition of the advisory committee for the Design grant programme here.
Preparing the application
- The advisory committee will process your application on the basis of the application form and the submitted attachments. The following attachments are required:
• project plan (max. 10 pages in text and images, PDF, A4);
• budget and planning (max. 2 pages, PDF, A4);
• presentation plan (max. 2 pages, PDF, A4), not mandatory for a starting grant;
• concise CV or bio of the parties involved;
• proof of registration (no older than 12 months) with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce or a foreign equivalent;
• a representative image of the intended project for the Fund's communication purposes.
In the case of a collaboration, add declarations of intent from the collaboration partners to the application.
You may also add your portfolio to your application (max. 10 pages, PDF, A4).
project plan guidelines
In the Grant Application Guide (PDF) you will find guidelines and tips for preparing a grant application to the Creative Industries Fund NL. Using this guide as a basis, you can draw up as complete a project plan, presentation plan, planning and budget as possible. You should therefore make sure that you read the guidelines carefully before you submit a grant application.
If your application concerns a publication, please consult the Publications Calculation Form.
subsidy regulations and Design grant programme
The Creative Industries Fund NL has Subsidy Regulations that formally apply to the application, evaluation, awarding and determination of a grant. In addition to these regulations, grant programmes have been produced with specific objectives and conditions. Read the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the Design grant programme (PDF) attentively before submitting an application.
online application environment
Applications must be submitted via the online application environment. To do this, you need a personal account. Please note: create this on time, as it takes one working day before a new applicant account is activated.
The online application form can be submitted 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.
Due to increased pressure on the grant programmes as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, it is currently not possible to submit draft versions of applications to Fund staff for assessment. Specific questions about the procedure, budget and/or the project plan can, however, be sent to the Fund by e-mail. First check to see if your question is answered in the FAQ.
After your application has been submitted, the Fund office checks whether you comply with the formal requirements as listed in the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the Grant Programme for Design (PDF).
An advisory committee will evaluate your request on the basis of the Subsidy Regulations and the Design Grant Programme. In particular, it will assess the extent to which your application is aligned with the criteria listed in Articles 16 - 21 of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the grant programme's specific objectives (Article 1 of the Grant Programme for Design (PDF)). If the positive decisions in a round of applications exceed the available budget, prioritization can be applied. The committee will issue a recommendation to the Creative Industries Fund NL's Board. View the composition of the advisory committee for the Design Grant Programme here.
It happens quite regularly that the available budget of a subsidy round is insufficient. The total amount of the grants requested by all the positively evaluated applications exceeds the round's budget, or subsidy ceiling. Prioritization must then take place. This is carried out in accordance with Articles 9 and 10 of the Subsidy Regulations. Article 10, clause 2 (a) applies in this case:
'The available amount will be awarded to the applicants whose application is valued most highly, where the requested contribution can be awarded to the most highly valued applications, provided the total does not exceed the subsidy ceiling, and subsequently only the amount remaining up to the subsidy ceiling will be awarded to the applicant to whom awarding a grant would lead to the subsidy ceiling being exceeded.'
The full working method is described in Articles 9 and 10 of the Subsidy Regulations.
The board will take the recommendation into account in their decision to award the subsidy or not. You will be informed of the decision 10 weeks after the closing date for the grant programme at the latest. You will receive a message with the result by email.
If you do not agree with the Creative Industries Fund NL's decision you can submit a reviewed application or letter of appeal. More information is provided here.
If you receive a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL you will enter into obligations. Please read important information on your accountability here. Two weeks before your project ends you will receive a request by e-mail to submit your accountability in the online application environment.
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You can also call +31 (0)10 4361600.