Open Call Contemporary Use of Crafts

For collaborative projects of designers and artisans in which the link between craft and design is central and which could lead to a sustainable future of craftsmanship.


closing date passed

€ 25,000

maximum amount to apply for

€ 200,000


Important information

what is the background of this open call?

This open call is designed to strengthen equal collaboration between designers and artisans to stimulate the contemporary use of crafts. The open call offers room for explorations, new uses or applications of traditional and contemporary crafts.

who is this open call for?

- This open call is open to projects initiated by professional artisans, designers, makers, observers, agencies or cultural institutions that are related to the fields of design, architecture and digital culture or any crossovers between them;
- The applicant is registered in the Commercial Register of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce or one of the Chambers of Commerce that fall within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Please note:
- Within this open call, grants are not awarded to institutions that have a structural grant relationship with the Dutch Government or that have received a grant from the Fund under the Four-year Institutional Grant Scheme for the Creative Industry 2021-2024;
- Additional conditions apply to collaborations within the workshops and development labs of theTextile Museum (TextielLab), the European Ceramic Work Center (EKWC), and the Glass Museum’s glassblowing studio, as these institutions have a structural grant relationship with the national government. Please contact the fund prior to submitting an application involving one of these parties.

which projects are eligible for a grant?

Applications can be made for various activities, such as projects focusing on:
- experiments with materials and techniques;
- research by design or artistic research in which knowledge sharing plays a role;
- a special collaboration within a workplace or lab;
- the development or application of innovative (bio)materials or local raw materials within a craft;
- the application of (digital) technologies within craft processes;
- Preservation of craft methods, materials or techniques.

Examples of previously supported projects within this open call can be found here.

what applications cannot be submitted?

Applications cannot be submitted for:
- regular or ongoing activities;
- the acquisition of property, materials or equipment that will have a value beyond the context or after the end of the project;
- regular company costs, such as rent and office costs.

how do you prepare an application?

In order to prepare the application, it is important to acquire the right information based on the following documents:

Grant Application Guidelines

The Grant Application Guidelines - Open Call provide guidance and tips on preparing a grant application. You can use them to draw up your application as completely as possible.

Open Call Contemporary Use of Crafts

Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Contemporary Use of Crafts #4, which describes the reason and objective, design challenges, phases, criteria and procedures. This also states what information and documents your application should consist of. This information is also listed in the second step in ‘steps to take‘ below.

Open Call Grant Scheme

Applications are also assessed on the basis of the Open Call Grant Scheme, which describes the general conditions, grounds for rejection, manner of publication, submission procedure, assessment, the award and any grant obligations.

what is assessed?

Applications will be assessed by the advisory committee of this open call. This is done based on the following criteria:

- the proposal’s innovative character, including the intended added value for the craft;
- the artistic/artisanal character of the project;
- the effectiveness in design, methodology and expertise involved;
- the significance of the intended collaboration.

what happens to your application?


When you have submitted your application, the Fund Desk will check if your application complies with the formal requirements of the Open Call Grant Scheme.


An independent advisory committee will assess your application on the basis of the Open Call Grant Scheme and the Open Call Contemporary Use of Crafts #4. The committee advises the Fund‘s Board.


The Board takes account of the committee’s advice in its decision on the rejection or provision of the grant. You will be notified about the result in a decision.


If you receive a grant from the Fund, then you will have to comply with the obligations. Two weeks before the conclusion of your project, you will be asked by email to submit your accountability form in the application environment.

essential documents

How to achieve a convincing application?

Steps to take

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do you have any questions?

If some of the information is not clear, email your question to team Design via You can also call on 010 436 16 00. If you have a more general question, have a look at our frequently asked questions first.