Grant Programme for Architecture
01 october 2020
The Fund uses the Architecture grant programme to support projects that contribute to the quality, development and professionalization of the Dutch architecture practice. The grant programme's objective is to stimulate (design) research, experiment and reflection in the field of architecture and to create free space for professional makers and organizations.
Architecture, in the broadest sense of the word, covers urban design, regional planning, garden and landscape architecture, interior architecture and related disciplines aimed at analyzing and reflecting on architecture.
Round 20AC/5 August 2020 - € 500,000
Round 20AD/1 October 2020 - € 500,000
increase in subsidy budget Architecture grant programme 2020
The subsidy budget of the Architecture grant programme has been increased by € 178,558 for round 20AB on the basis of the positive recommendations. The subsidy budget for rounds 20AC and 20AD has been increased by a maximum of € 200,000 per round. 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 Architecture Grant Programme aims to support projects. The majority of applications originate from architects, urban designers, town and country planners, researchers, publishers and other professionals active in the fields of architecture, urban design as well as interior, garden and landscape design.
In addition to these designers and spatial professionals, the grant programme is also open to other parties such as architectural and debating centres and 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 1-and 2- year Activities Programme and the Four-year Institutional Grant Programme for Creative Industries 2021-2024.
For which projects can a grant be applied for?
- Under the Architecture grant programme, subsidies can be requested for projects in which new knowledge is being developed and made accessible. Examples include (design) research projects relating to current spatial and social issues, (material) experiments, crossovers with other disciplines and research into innovative production methods and techniques. Projects aimed at national or international knowledge exchange and projects that stimulate social engagement and popular interest in the field are also eligible for subsidy, as are projects that promote talent development and exemplary commissioning. Examples include expert meetings, lecture and debate programmes, exhibitions, audiovisual productions, publications and ideas competitions.
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 Architecture grant programme makes it possible to apply for an 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.
For the preparation, structuring and implementation of festivals in the field of architecture, 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 Architecture grant programme (PDF). You should therefore make sure that you are familiar with the conditions, criteria and objectives set out in these regulations.
A grant may be awarded to projects that make a sufficient contribution to the objectives of this grant programme and focus on at least one of the following policy objectives:
• 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
- 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);
• 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 (PDF).
Subsidy Regulations and the Architecture grant programme
The Creative Industries Fund NL has Subsidy Regulations that formally apply to the application, evaluation, awarding and final approval of a grant. In addition to these regulations, grant programmes have been drawn up with specific objectives and conditions. Read the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) as well as the Grant Programme for Architecture (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.
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 Architecture (PDF).
An advisory committee will evaluate your request on the basis of the General Subsidy Regulations and the Architecture 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 Architecture (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 Architecture 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 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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