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 does the Fund mean by cross-sectoral collaboration?
- In cross-sectoral collaboration, the field of work can be broader than just architecture, design and digital culture. As a result, a subsidy application for a festival concerning visual arts and design can be honoured, provided there is at least substantive and financial recognition from – in this case – the visual arts. One of the objectives of the Fund is to promote cross-sectoral collaboration. The Fund believes that this collaboration can lead to new insights or a new way of researching issues, including social issues.
3. 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).
4. 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 also 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 must be a collaboration between Dutch and international parties, or the expected result is such a collaboration. For more information, see the Internationalization Grant Programme.
5. what does the Fund mean by a talent, and under which grant programmes is there an opportunity for talent development?
- Young designers/makers can apply under both the basic grant programmes and the Talent Development grant programme. Within the framework of the Talent Development Grant Programme, the Fund understands talent to be designers/makers who show exceptional ability and have the potential and qualities to develop this further.
Talent Development Grant Programme
Once a year, the Fund selects makers and designers through the Talent Development Grant Programme. These talents can develop themselves during a period of one year, both creatively and in their entrepreneurship. This is therefore longer-term support for a talent than with a project grant. In order to qualify for this subsidy programme, a talent must have graduated no more than four years ago from a relevant course of study in the field of architecture, design or (media) technology.
Subsidies are awarded to projects through the architecture, design and digital culture grant programmes. These can also be projects by or with talents. For example, an exhibition or documentary in which several talents are involved or a research study in which talents are taking part.
It is also possible to apply for a project involving talents under the Multi-year Programmes, Activities Programmes and Internationalization Grant Programme. In these projects, however, there must be a greater interest than just the development of a talent, because that is, after all, the purpose of the Talent Development Grant Programme.
6. what is the available budget of the Creative Industries Fund NL 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. For the total annual budget, please refer to the annual report.
7. what is the amount of a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL?
- There are no maximum contributions that the Creative Industries Fund NL awards to projects or activities programmes. The amount of the Fund's contribution depends on various factors, including reasonableness and the degree of co-financing. The Fund establishes an available budget for each grant programme and for each round. It is unreasonable to request more than the available budget.
Because the Fund has not set a minimum for a subsidy contribution, small-scale projects can also be financed. For example, you can apply for a starting grant 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 investment for the application is in keeping with the expected result.
8. who can apply to the Creative Industries Fund NL?
- Applicants must be registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (or a foreign equivalent) at the time they receive a grant.
According to the Subsidy Regulations of the Fund, institutions are excluded from receiving a grant if they have a structural subsidy relationship with central government, i.e. if they are part of the National Basic Cultural Infrastructure (BIS).
In addition, organizations that are receiving subsidy under the Multi-year Grant Programme and the Activities Programme Grant Programme are excluded from receiving a grant for their activities under the Fund's other grant programmes. The exceptions to this are the Internationalization Grant Programme, which is part of a specific incentive programme.
This also means that for all applications involving a form of collaboration with a BIS institution, such as Het Nieuwe Instituut or state museums, or with an institution that is already receiving subsidy for a multi-year programme or an activities programme, a doubling-up of grants is not permitted. So the budget may include structural costs (e.g. rent) or employee costs, but these are not eligible to receive subsidy from the Fund.
9. 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
Construction, renovation, interior design or restoration projects
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.
10. how and when do I apply for subsidy?
- To apply for a subsidy, go to the online application environment and create a new application. Please 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, budget and planning of the project, a communication plan, a representative image for communication purposes, an extract from the Chamber of Commerce register (not older than 12 months), 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, please read the information concerning the 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.
NB: When drawing up your budget, consider any VAT liability. Make a distinction in your budget between items where VAT does and does not have to be paid. If in doubt, always consult your regional tax office first.
11. may I make an appointment to present my project?
- You can submit your draft application or project plan to the relevant staff member for advice up to 2 weeks before the closing date. This can be done by e-mail or by telephone. Contact the secretary of the grant programme to which you wish to apply. He or she can then decide whether it is necessary to make an appointment, or whether your project could also be discussed on the telephone or by e-mail.
12. may I submit multiple applications for one project?
- No, it is not possible to apply for more than one grant programme for a single project. If it concerns a follow-up, it may be possible. Contact a Fund member of staff.
13. I have created an account in the online application environment but cannot log in, how is this possible?
- For security reasons, your account will be approved manually. This only happens during workdays. So create an account in time.
14. What do I do if I have not received a confirmation email after creating a login profile
- It is possible that the confirmation email has ended up in your spam folder. If this is not the case, please contact the Fund.
15. who evaluates the grant application and what are the evaluation criteria?
- An external advisory committee has been appointed for each grant programme. The committee evaluates your application and issues a recommendation to the Board of the Fund. You can find the different committees here.
The advisory committee evaluates your application on the basis of the Subsidy Regulations and the relevant grant programme.
16. 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.
17. what are the possibilities after an application has been rejected?
- You can submit a new application for a new project or activities programme in a new subsidy round. If your project has been rejected, it is not possible to submit a new application for the same project within six months. You can, however, submit a revised application. For more information, please contact the Fund.
In the case of an annual programme, a revised application within the activities programme grant programme and within the multi-year grant programmes is not possible.
If you do not agree with the Creative Industries Fund NL's decision, you can submit a letter of appeal. Always read the 'Appeal and revised applications' carefully or ask the Fund for advice.
18. do I have to pay VAT if I receive a subsidy?
- When drawing up the budget for your subsidy 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.
19. My project proposal has been rejected, can I apply again for the next round?
- Yes, the assessment relates to your project proposal. If you are rejected, that does not say anything about your organization, you are welcome to submit a different or improved proposal in the next round.
20. what are other subsidy possibilities?
- The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) has set up various cultural funds. With their subsidies to institutions and artists, the cultural funds facilitate dynamism and innovation in the cultural sector. In addition to the Creative Industries Fund NL, applications can also be made to the other funds. Each fund focuses on a different cultural area.
The Performing Arts Fund supports all forms of professional performing arts. Performing arts institutions and artists in the field of dance, theatre, festivals, music and music theatre in the Netherlands can apply here.
Innovation in the arts
The Cultural Participation Fund supports innovative initiatives in the field of amateur art, cultural education and popular culture. Many Dutch people take part 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 clarifies the role of the fund 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)
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 subsidy evaluation, 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 Fonds, 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.
21. requesting information
- Recourse to the Government Information (Public Access) Act (Wob)
If you submit a request to the Fund to obtain certain information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act (Wob), you can only submit this request by letter. This letter must be sent by post, stating Wob request and your reference and sent to:
Creative Industries Fund NL
concerning Wob request
P.O. Box 29066
3001 GB Rotterdam
Make sure that your letter requesting information contains at least the following points:
You must mention the topic, decision or document on which you would like information. If you only mention a topic, it should be sufficiently specific. The topic should therefore not be formulated in too broad a manner.
The information must be demonstrably available from the Creative Industries Fund NL.
The information you require must be recorded somewhere at the Fund.
The information you request must relate to one of the activities of the Fund and therefore to an administrative matter. So it concerns the policy of the Fund, including the preparation and implementation of this policy.
Processing of your request
The Fund must take a decision within four weeks of receiving your request. However, the Fund may extend the period of four weeks. In that case, you will be informed of this extension. Reasons for extension may include the involvement of other parties.
If the Fund decides in favour of your request, the information requested by you will be sent to you at the same time as notice of the decision. In the event of a negative decision, you will be informed of the reasons for the decision.
22. I have a complaint, where can I submit it?
- The Creative Industries Fund NL endeavours to achieve good and clear service provision and attaches great importance to customer satisfaction. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Fund by telephone or e-mail. However, it is possible that you are not satisfied with the Fund's service or communication. In that case, you can submit a complaint in accordance with our complaints procedure. The aim of this procedure is to further improve the quality of our services and to ensure that the Fund handles your complaint with due care.
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