Grant Programme for Talent Development
Budget 2020: € 900.000
Round 1 – deadline 6 March 2020 – € 48,000
Round 2 – submit development plan – € 840,000
Open Call Scout nights – € 12,000
The Creative Industries Fund NL uses the Grant Programme for Talent Development to support a new generation of designers and makers – working in the fields of architecture, design or digital culture – in further developing and profiling their own exceptional professional ability. This development is supported by the strengthening of their own cultural entrepreneurship.
A grant of € 24,000 consists of three parts: one freely disposable part intended for one's own artistic and professional development, one part for the professionalization of one's own practice and one part for presentation purposes.
Only applicants selected in round 1 or during one of the Scout Nights are eligible for support in round 2, deadline 3 June 2020.
Those selected in round 1 will receive a contribution of € 1,000 to draw up a detailed development plan, which will be submitted to the committee in round 2.
The deadline for the application round 1 and the Open Call Scout Nights was 6 March 2020.
View here earlier selected makers and designers of the past years.
Who is this programme aimed at?
- The Talent Development Grant Programme is intended for designers and makers who graduated no more than four years ago from a relevant course of study in the field of architecture, design or digital culture. Makers who followed another course of study may also be eligible for a grant. The condition in this case is that the curriculum of the course followed is predominantly in line with the creative industry and the portfolio demonstrates that the maker is active within one of the disciplines or subdisciplines.
application as a studio or collective
The subsidy under the Talent Development Grant Programme is awarded to individual designers or makers. However, studios or collectives may also apply for the grant. A single grant of € 24,000 can be awarded per studio or collective.
when is it not possible to apply for a grant?
A grant for talent development cannot be applied for while following education at institutions, for instance Bachelor's and Master's programmes. So these courses of study may not be part of an application or development plan.
The same applies to postgraduate or postgraduate programmes, for instance at the Rijksakademie, De Ateliers, the Jan van Eyck Academie and BAK. These residences/institutions have a structural subsidy relationship with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
In order to qualify for a contribution, the designer must be artistically active and embedded in professional design practice in the Netherlands. The Fund bureau assesses this for round 1 on the basis of CV, motivation letter and portfolio. Similarly for round 2, the activities included in the development plan must contribute to professional design practice in the Netherlands.
Designers who do not have Dutch nationality can only apply if they are registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce and live in the Netherlands.
For which projects can a grant be applied for?
- The grant in round 2 is awarded on the basis of a development plan formulated by the applicant. This plan must contribute to both the artistic and professional development of the maker or designer. The development plan describes activities that can contribute in this area and also activities that contribute to the presentation of the work.
The grant you apply for in round 2 with a detailed development plan is € 24,000.
The allocation is as follows:
€ 14,000 is free to spend; that is, you can use this money at your own discretion. For example, you can buy materials or pay your own hours.
€ 5,000 is an earmarked budget for acquiring knowledge regarding the professionalization of your practice. From this budget you can, for example, hire a coach for artistic and / or professional guidance or pay master classes or a study trip.
€ 5,000 is an earmarked budget for presentation purposes. Describe how and where you intend to present yourself and what the intended costs are.
What are the evaluation criteria?
In round 1, the following aspects are evaluated:
From the plans submitted, the Fund, together with external advisers, selects 48 applications. The advisers evaluate the extent to which they meet the objectives and scope of the Talent Development grant programme. The advisers base their judgement on the following criteria:
1. quality of the maker's work: the committee also looks specifically at the relationship between the motivation and artistic principles of the designer and the way in which these are expressed in the work. This includes considering the meaning of the concept, the imagination and investigative attitude of the designer and the mastery of the chosen means.
2. positioning: the committee examines the positioning of the designer within their field of expertise. The degree of critical reflection on their own practice is also taken into account. Furthermore, the way in which the work and motivation of the applicant relates to the current (social) environment in which they operate is assessed.
3. relevance: the committee assesses whether the practice has a distinctive and meaningful place within the Dutch creative industry, or whether the practice can develop to achieve this at a later stage.
Those selected will receive a contribution of € 1,000 to submit a detailed development plan, which will be submitted to the committee in round 2.
In round 2, the following aspects are evaluated:
1. Artistic quality of the development plan: the committee looks at the motivation and artistic principles of the maker and how these are developed into activities that contribute to the maker's own artistic development. The purpose and design of the activity, and the expertise involved, are also taken into account.
2. Professionalization and presentation: the committee additionally looks at the activities that contribute to the maker's own professional development. The goal, design and expertise involved in the activity in relation to the principles of the designer are taken into account as well. The committee also evaluates the way in which the designer presents themselves to the outside world, strengthens their own network and tries to find a suitable audience for their work.
3. Development potential: the committee also makes a statement as to whether the activities proposed in the development plan are expected to contribute to a distinctive and meaningful practice within the Dutch creative industry, or whether the practice can develop to achieve this at a later stage.
The evaluation carried out by the Talent Development Grant Programme takes the form of a tender: this means that, within the available budget, a number of proposals are preferred to other submissions. For the meeting, the evaluation criteria are given a mark. This is done on the following five-point scale: (score 1 to 5: 1. unsatisfactory 2. weak 3. satisfactory 4. good 5. very good). All the advisers give a separate score for each of these criteria. During the meeting, this score can be adjusted by the individual adviser on the basis of the discussion. After all the submissions have been considered, the scores are finalized. This results in a ranking per round based on weighted averages. The best-evaluated applicants are awarded a grant until the amount available has been exhausted.
All applicants are informed of the result and receive a decision from the committee in round 2. The Fund only communicates about the selected proposals. The rejected proposals receive a negative decision.
- round 1:
1. Motivation letter of maximum 2 pages as PDF (portrait, A4 format).
up to 10 pages as PDF (portrait, A4 format, max. 15 MB); a description of substantive and artistic principles and how they are expressed in the work (max. 100 words);
visual documentation: work from the past 2 to 3 years corresponding with details such as title, year, size, technique and possibly per project additional information of up to 50 words (e.g. on context and collaboration). In the case of collaborative projects, clearly indicate the applicant's own share.
Any moving images must be viewable via a link to an online platform (Vimeo, YouTube, or similar). Stills and captions from each film must be included in the PDF file. The maximum duration is 5 minutes. If you would like to show several films, you have to make a compilation of up to 5 minutes.
3. CV of maximum 2 pages as PDF (portrait, A4 format).
4. Copy of your degree or diploma from a relevant course in the field of design, architecture or digital culture, as PDF.
5. Registration with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce or a Chamber of Commerce belonging to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The advisory committee draws up a longlist on the basis of phase 1. In addition, the juries of the Scout Nights select three participants per Scout Night. Selected applicants on the longlist and from the Scout Nights are given about four weeks to formulate a development plan. A contribution of € 1,000 is made available to write a development plan. This development plan describes the intended activities that contribute to the applicant's own artistic and professional development. The plan covers the entire grant period of 12 months.
It is not possible to submit a draft development plan to the Fund for feedback. The Fund organizes meetings for all those selected in the second week of May, during which it explains how the development plan is to be drawn up.
- initial check
Once you have submitted your application, the Fund bureau checks the application for compliance with the formal requirements set out in the Subsidy Regulations (PDF), the Talent Development grant programme (PDF) and/or the Open Call Scout Nights.
The evaluation within the Talent Development grant programme consists of two rounds:
round 1 – on the basis of the portfolio, the CV and the motivation (letter), the advisory committee and the Scout Nights jury draw up a longlist. The selected applicants on the longlist are asked to make a development plan.
round 2 – The final selection takes place on the basis of these development plans.
Subsidy Regulations and Grant Programme for Talent Development
The Creative Industries Fund NL has Subsidy Regulations (PDF) 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. Please read the Subsidy Regulations (PDF), the Talent Development grant programme (PDF) and the Open Call Scout Nights carefully before submitting a grant application.
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 Talent Development.
An advisory committee will evaluate your request on the basis of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the Grant Programme for Talent Development. The committee primarily evaluates the extent to which your application is aligned with the criteria listed in Articles 16 - 21 of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the specific objective of the Grant Programme for Talent Development (Article 1 of the Grant Programme for Talent Development (PDF)). The committee will issue a recommendation to the Creative Industries Fund NL's Board. View the composition of the advisory committee for the Talent Development Grant Programme here. The Scouts for 2020 will be announced on the Fund's website by 6 February at the latest.
The evaluation within the Talent Development Grant Programme consists of two phases: The advisory committee compiles a longlist on the basis of the portfolio, the CV and the motivation letter. The selected applicants on the longlist are asked to formulate a development plan. The second-phase selection takes place on the basis of these development plans.
The Board takes the committee's recommendation into account in their decision to award the grant or not. The selection for the longlist in the round 1 will be announced approximately six weeks after the closing date of the application round 1. All applicants will receive a report in which the committee provides an outline of the applications that have been considered. No individual feedback is provided at this stage. Participants in the Scout Nights receive feedback from the jury during the selection evening.
In round 2, the committee awards a maximum of 35 grants. This selection will be announced at the beginning of August. All applicants who have submitted a development plan will receive personal feedback on its evaluation. The grant period for those selected runs from August/September until October the following year.
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 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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