Grant Programme for Digital Culture

Closing dates

20 january 2021

14 april 2021

18 august 2021

07 october 2021

budget 2021: € 1,250,000

Note: The Grant Programme for Digital Culture is being adjusted. The text of the new grant programme will be published at the beginning of December, as will the subsidy budget per round in 2021. Each application must meet the requirements and objectives of the new Grant Programme for Digital Culture.

The Fund uses the Digital culture programme to support projects that contribute to the quality, development and professionalization of Dutch digital culture. The grant programme's objective is to stimulate (design) research, experiment and reflection in the field of digital culture and to create free space for independent makers and organizations.

Digital Culture
For the Fund, digital culture encompasses cultural and artistic productions or expressions related to digital technology, new media or games. The grant programme primarily focuses on breaking open existing technologies and processes as well as developing new technologies and applications in an open manner. On the basis of this, design methods and principles are applied to a variety of fields, ranging from games, storytelling and music to biotechnology, architecture and healthcare. This means that the project form does not necessarily need to be digital.

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 Digital Culture grant programme is primarily intended for makers, designers and game developers in the digital culture domain.

    In addition, the grant programme is open to media labs, commissioning clients and cultural institutions that 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 Digital culture grant programme, project grants for research, experiment, development, production of new media, interaction design and gameplay as well as their presentation can be applied for. Activities and publications aimed at the analysis and reflection on digital culture are also options, as are 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 Digital culture 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 (PDF).

    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.

    Festivals and cultural organizations can turn to the Festivals Grant Programme for the preparation, structuring and implementation of festivals in the field of digital culture.
  • What are the evaluation criteria?

  • Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the regulations of the Digital Culture grant programme (PDF). You should therefore make sure that you are familiar with the conditions, criteria and objectives set out in these regulations.

    • promoting experiments and crossovers
    • stimulating research, analysis and reflection
    • promoting talent development and artistic quality
    • promoting social commitment and public activities
    • reinforcing the international position of the design sectors
    • promoting the professionalization of 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.

    Please refer to the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) Articles 16 - 21 for the description of the evaluation criteria in relation to these policy objectives.

    View the composition of the advisory committee for the Grant Programme Design 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).

    Refer to the Grant Application Guide (PDF) when submitting your application. The guide provides guidance with regard to the grant application and the drawing up of the project plan, budget and communication plan.

    If your application concerns a publication you may consult the Publications Calculation Form.

    subsidy Regulations and the Digital Culture Grant Programme
    The Creative Industries Fund NL has Subsidy Regulations (PDF) that formally apply to the application, evaluation, awarding and final approval of a grant. Supplementary grant programmes have been drawn up with specific objectives and conditions. Read the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) as well as the Grant Programme for Digital Culture (PDF) attentively before submitting an application.

    online application environment
    The application should be submitted using the online application environment. You have to sign up and create an account to do so. Please note: do so in a timely manner, it can take up to 1 working day for the Fund to validate the account and this is only done during the working week.

    You can submit the online application form until 23:59 on the day of the closing date. Advice is to submit your application earlier because of the busy 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.
  • Grant procedure

  • acceptance
    After the submission of your application the Fund's office checks whether you comply with the formal requirements as listed in the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the Grant Programme for Digital Culture (PDF).

    An advisory committee will evaluate your request on the basis of the Subsidy Regulations and the Digital Culture 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 for Digital Culture (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 Digital Culture 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 a letter of appeal. More information is provided here.

    If you receive a subsidy 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.
  • Contact

  • For further information please contact:
    Sean Gilis

    You can also call +31 (0)10 4361600.

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