the fund / faq


  • 1. What does the Fund mean by 'architecture', 'design' and 'digital culture'?

  • The Creative Industries Fund NL applies broad definitions of the disciplines of architecture, design and digital culture. Each grant programme lists the definition applied by the Fund and the subdisciplines the Fund considers eligible for a grant.
  • 2. What grants does the Creative Industries Fund NL offer?

  • As of 19 January 2019, the Creative Industries Fund NL has eleven grants programmes. Three basic grant programmes, one for each discipline (architecture, design and digital culture), eight multidisciplinary grant programmes (talent development, internationalization, Upstream: Music x Design, Immerse\Interact, activities programmes, multi-year programmes, digital heritage x public and festivals).
  • 3. How much is a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL?

  • The Creative Industries Fund NL sets no maximum limit to the amounts it issues in grants to projects or activities programmes. The size of the grant from the Fund is dependent on various factors, including equity and the level of co-financing.
  • 4. Which grant programme am I eligible for?

  • To find out which grant you may be eligible for, you can run through the following test questions.

    1) Am I applying for a grant for a project, an activities programme or talent development?
    a) If a project: go to Question 2.
    b) If an activities programme: go to Question 3.
    c) If talent development: go to the Grant Programme for Talent Development.

    2) Within which discipline am I initiating a project?
    a) architecture
    b) design
    c) digitale cultuur

    3) How long does my activities programme last?
    a) max. 1 year: activity programme
    b) max. 2 years: multi-year programme
  • 6. Which projects or programmes are eligible for grants?

  • 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.
  • 7. How and when do I submit a grant application?

  • You must complete the online application form fully and submit it online before the relevant date. You will find the deadlines for the grant rounds in the various grant programme sections. The declaration that is part of the application must be signed and sent by regular post.
  • 8. How long does it take before I find out the result of my grant application?

  • 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.
  • 9. What if my application is rejected?

  • You can always submit a new application in a new grant round for a new project or activities programme. You may not submit a new application for the same project or activities programme for six months.

    If you do not agree with a decision made by the Creative Industries Fund NL, you can submit a request for re-assessment, a revised application or a letter of protest. Always read this information carefully, or seek advice from the Fund.
  • Is your question not listed?

  • Contact us via +31(0)10 436 16 00 or info@stimuleringsfonds.nl.