the fund / faq


  • 1. what subsidy possibilities does the Fund have?

  • You can apply for a grant for a project under any of the Fund's grant programmes, except the Talent Development grant programme, which is intended for designers who graduated no more than four years ago and wish to apply for a one-year development path. Cultural institutions are eligible for 1, 2 or 4 years of support, but a grant application for a project is also a possibility.

    You can also respond to the various open calls published by the Fund via the newsletter and social media channels. Open calls are issued to prioritize specific issues and to involve designers in these topical challenges in the Fund's diverse fields of activity. At the time each open call is published, the issue in question and the available budget are announced. In addition, the number of projects to be supported is precisely indicated, along with the conditions that need to be met.
  • 2. what is the available budget of the Fund per discipline?

  • The Fund establishes an available budget for each grant programme and for each round. The available budget for each grant programme can be found on our website. The total annual budget can be found in the annual report.
  • 3. what amount can I apply for?

  • 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. There are no maximum amounts. For each grant programme and round, however, there is a maximum budget available; you can find this on the website. It is unreasonable to request more than the available budget. For each grant programme, there is a list of supported projects, including the amounts granted. This gives a good impression. The distribution of the total annual budget can be found in the annual report.

    Under the Design, Architecture, Digital Culture and Internationalization grant programmes, you can apply for a starting grant for a maximum of € 7,500 for the phase prior to your research or the implementation of your project. 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.

    When submitting an application for a project, it is advisable to consider whether the time invested in the application is in keeping with the expected result.
  • 4. which projects or programmes are eligible for a grant?

  • Research, design, implementation, production, reflection and debate aimed at developing design, architecture and digital culture are eligible for support. This may involve several phases. The following project types are eligible for support: exhibition, presentation, product development, festival, expert meeting, symposium, publication, media production, documentary, AV production, game, starting grant project / research, (design) research, international project, annual programmes.

    A grant cannot be awarded to:

    • educational programmes and related activities by educational institutions;
    • universities and universities of applied sciences;
    • projects extending over a period longer than 24 months, unless explicit
    permission has been given;
    • study trips;
    • education;
    • operating deficits;
    • labour costs for employees of governmental, provincial or municipal
    • the acquisition of possessions;
    • standard building and restoration costs;
    • interior design, restoration en conversion plans;
    • activities that do not go beyond the regular business activities.
  • 5. how and when do I submit a grant application?

  • To apply for a grant, go to the online application environment and create a new application. Complete the application form in full and submit it before the closing date. In addition, you must enclose the following files: a project plan, a CV, project budget and planning, a presentation plan, a representative image for communication purposes by the Fund, an extract from the Chamber of Commerce business register (not older than 12 months) or a foreign equivalent, annual accounts if applicable, articles of association if applicable. In addition, you can optionally add the following files to the application: an offer letter, visual material, letters of intent.

    Before submitting an application, read the information concerning the [https://m.stimuleringsfonds.nl/en/grants relevant grant programme carefully. You will also find the closing dates of the subsidy rounds here.

    The online application form can be submitted until 23:59 on the closing date. You are strongly advised to do this earlier.
  • 6. if I'm still studying, can I apply?

  • The Fund focuses on professionals working in the creative industry. In order to receive a grant from the Fund, the applicant must be registered in the Chamber of Commerce (KvK) business register, or a foreign equivalent. Students (bachelor or master) may, in principle, submit a project application from within their own practice, but the project for which the application is being made may not relate to activities taking place in the context of a course or study.
  • 7. under which grant programme can I apply for an international project?

  • Projects with an international component may be submitted under the various Fund grant programmes. The Fund offers the Internationalization Grant Programme, for which specific criteria apply. The main objective of the project must be in line with the Internationalization Grant Programme and the project, or the expected result, must be a collaboration between Dutch and international parties. For more information, see the Internationalization grant programme.
    Creative Industries Fund NL has a shortened procedure, Vouchers Presentations Abroad, for makers who have been invited by a foreign cultural institution or organization to give a presentation abroad in the near future.
  • 8. can I submit an application to more than one grant programme at the same time?

  • No, it is not possible to apply for more than one grant programme for a single project. Contact the Fund for advice on which grant programme best suits your application.
  • 9. who evaluates the grant application?

  • An external advisory committee is appointed for each grant programme. This advisory committee evaluates your application and issues a recommendation to the Board of the Fund. You can find the different committees here. The Fund ensures that the necessary knowledge is available for the evaluation of the various applications per round.
  • 10. what are the evaluation criteria for the grant application?

  • Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the criteria and objectives set out in the Subsidy Regulations (PDF). (Articles 16 to 21) and the regulations of the grant programme of your choice. The committee of external advisers makes a pronouncement on the extent to which your grant application is expected to contribute to the objectives of both the grant programme and the Fund.
  • 11. can I see a sample application?

  • No, but please consult the Grant Application Guide (PDF) before submitting your application. The guide provides advice with regard to the grant application and drawing up a project plan, budget and presentation plan.
  • 12. can I submit a concept application for advice?

  • 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.
  • 13. what is a tender?

  • The Fund employs a tender construction for the evaluation of open calls. This means that, within the available budget, a number of proposals are preferred to others; the proposals are therefore ranked in comparison with each other. Only projects with a positive evaluation can be supported.
  • 14. when does prioritization take place and why?

  • Prioritization is necessary whenever the available budget for a round is not sufficient for all the positively evaluated applications. In this situation, the applications with a positive evaluation are weighed up and ranked by the committee in comparison with each other. Three criteria are applied here, in this order of importance: excellence, impact and the extent to which a project is part of a longer series of projects. Articles 9 and 10 of the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) describe the full procedure.

    Unlike applications receiving a negative recommendation, applications which fall outside the selection after prioritization may be resubmitted in the same form under the same grant programme within six months of receiving the negative decision.
  • 15. what are other subsidy possibilities?

  • The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) has set up various cultural funds. With their subsidies to institutions, makers, designers and artists, the cultural funds facilitate dynamism and innovation in the cultural sector. Each fund focuses on a different cultural area and type of maker.

    Performing arts
    The Performing Arts Fund supports all forms of professional performing arts. Performing arts institutions and artists in the fields of dance, theatre, festivals, music and musical theatre in the Netherlands can apply here.

    Innovation in the arts
    The Cultural Participation Fund supports innovative initiatives in the fields of amateur art, cultural education and popular culture. Many Dutch people participate in these activities.

    Visual arts and heritage
    The Mondriaan Fund is the fund for visual arts and cultural heritage. The fund focuses mainly on museums, presentation institutions, artists' initiatives, archives and libraries. The Mondriaan Fund Policy Plan 2013-2016 gives a clear picture of the fund's role in the subsidy system.

    The Netherlands Film Fund stimulates the development, production and distribution of a diverse and high-quality range of films in the Netherlands.

    The Dutch Foundation for Literature stimulates literature with grants and subsidies to writers, translators, publishers and festivals. The fund also supports the distribution and promotion of Dutch and Frisian literature at home and abroad.

    Private cultural funds
    There are also private funds and initiatives that make money available for culture. Well-known private funds are the VSBfonds, the Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, Stichting DOEN and the VandenEnde Foundation.

    Fonds Kwadraat (interest-free loan)
    The Fonds Kwadraat provides interest-free loans to artists and designers. In 2014, the Fund entered into a partnership with Fonds Kwadraat. The aim is to support more projects in the creative industries, increase support generally and stimulate entrepreneurship through smart financing strategies. With a positive evaluation for a grant, a project proposal automatically qualifies for an additional interest-free loan. For more information, click here.

    Contact point for interdisciplinary applications
    The six national public cultural funds have appointed a contact person for applicants who operate at the interface between different disciplines or between culture and the rest of society. This person informs applicants about the possibilities for a contribution from the various funds (Mondriaan Fund, Cultural Participation Fund, Performing Arts Fund, Netherlands Film Fund, Dutch Foundation for Literature and Creative Industries Fund NL) and will refer them if necessary. The contact person, Bonnie Dumanaw, can be reached by e-mail.
  • 16. I've created an account, but I am unable to log in, what has gone wrong?

  • For security reasons, your account will be approved manually. This only happens during working days. So make sure you create an account on time [https://aanvragen.stimuleringsfonds.nl/register].
  • 17. what should I do if I haven't received a confirmation e-mail?

  • It is possible that the confirmation e-mail has ended up in your spam folder. If this is not the case, please contact the Fund.
  • 18. what hourly rate can I use in my budget?

  • The Fund contributes a maximum of € 65 excl. VAT to the hourly rate of the applicant and equivalent collaboration partner. For a guideline on hourly rates, please refer to the website of the Fair Practice Code for more information.
  • 19. do I have to pay VAT if I receive a grant?

  • When drawing up the budget for your grant application, it is important to take into account whether you will have to pay VAT if you receive a grant. Whether or not you are subject to VAT depends on the activities you carry out. If you are subject to VAT, you draw up your budget exclusive of VAT. You can reclaim the VAT included in your expenditure from the Belastingdienst (Inland Revenue Service). If you cannot reclaim the VAT included in your expenditure from the Belastingdienst, this VAT is a component of the project costs and you draw up the budget including VAT. If in doubt, consult your financial adviser or a tax inspector.

    If your application is honoured, the Fund will regard the amount of grant awarded to you as a contribution to the costs of your project and not as a payment (charged with VAT) for a service provided to the Fund. If, at any time, it should transpire that you are nevertheless liable for VAT on the Fund's contribution, we will assume that this VAT is included in the amount of the subsidy granted. In that case, any VAT charged on the contribution will be entirely borne by the applicant.
  • 20. why do I need to specify how many FTEs are involved in my project?

  • FTE means full-time equivalent, a unit expressing the number of people employed or the size of a person's function. One FTE is a full working week. For example, a 0.6 FTE function is – assuming a working week of 40 hours – a function of 0.6 x 40 = 24 hours. Insight into the number of FTEs involved in the projects supported by the Fund, allows the Fund to measure the importance of the support in a different way, and therefore explain the social value of supported projects and the Fund itself to the outside world. The number of FTEs involved in a project plays no part whatsoever in the evaluation of an application.
  • 21. how many FTEs should I fill in if I'm a freelancer?

  • You only fill in the number of FTEs working within your organization. As a freelancer you fill in 1 FTE for a full-time working week, and if part-time, 0.2, 0.5 or 0.8 FTE, for example, depending on how much of the week you work.
  • 22. where can I change and/or enter my bank account number?

  • At the question 'are the bank details correct' in the application form at Organization 1.2, if you click 'no', fields will appear where you can fill in your bank account details.
  • 23. is the grant reference the same as the application number?

  • Yes, those numbers are the same.
  • 24. what should you do if you're not yet registered with the Chamber of Commerce?

  • In the event of a positive decision about your grant application, the Fund will require an extract (not older than 12 months) within a few weeks from the business register of the Chamber of Commerce, or a foreign equivalent. If you do not have this when you submit your application, please upload an explanation as to why the extract is missing.
  • 25. my files are larger than indicated, what should I do?

  • Tip: lower the resolution of your images or compress your PDFs.
    For security reasons, documents delivered by e-mail or WeTransfer will not be accepted.
  • 26. up until what time can I submit my application on the closing date?

  • 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.
  • 27. how long will it take to receive the result of my grant application?

  • The Creative Industries Fund NL observes a processing period of 10 weeks, starting from the closing date of the grant programme. After this period of 10 weeks, you will be notified by e-mail that the result of your application is available in the online application system. Please note that your project may not start before you have received the result.
  • 28. I don't agree with the negative decision about my application, what can I do?

  • If you have any questions about the reasoning behind the rejection of your application, please contact the coordinator of the relevant grant programme. In many cases, they will be able to explain the decision further and answer any questions about the evaluation.

    If you would like to submit a new application as a result, this is only possible if there are new facts concerning the project. In this case, you prepare a revised application with an adapted project plan, in which you also respond to the arguments set out in the previous decision. Staff then assess, together with the coordinator, whether the proposal contains sufficient new information to be resubmitted to the advisory committee. It is not possible to submit a new application for exactly the same project within six months of the decision date.

    If you do not agree with the result of your grant application, you may lodge a letter of appeal with the Board of the Fund as an interested party under the General Administrative Law Act (Algemene Wet Bestuursrecht), within six weeks of the decision date. The Fund has an independent advisory committee for appeals, appointed by the Board. This appeals committee evaluates the decision made by the Fund on formal and procedural grounds. NB: It does not, therefore, involve a re-evaluation of the content of the application.

    The appeals procedure is elaborated in the Creative Industries Fund NL's Subsidy Regulations. Some elements of this are explained in more detail on our website. If you would like more information about the rules applicable to the appeals procedure, please contact the Fund regarding this. We will be happy to help you.
  • Is your question not answered here? Please contact the Fund.

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