Open Call Fresh perspectives

For cross-sector collaborative projects that offer new perspectives on current crises including the climate crisis, discrimination, migration and asylum crisis, social and opportunity inequality or the housing crisis.


closing date passed

€ 10,000

maximum amount to apply for

€ 100,000


Important information

what is the goal of this open call?

With the Open Call Fresh Perspectives, the Fund supports makers in offering new perspectives on social, cultural, economic and political issues. In doing so, the Fund stimulates cross-sector collaborations in which makers, designers and architects can, together with other organizations, come to new and surprising approaches.

who is this open call intended for?

Designers, architects, makers and observers who have been running their own practice for at least three years within the design, digital culture or architecture disciplines can submit an application. Collectives and duos are also welcome.

At least one of the collaboration partners has proven knowledge of the theme that is central to the proposal and is active in an area of expertise that is different from the designer’s. This can include partners like platforms, labs, collectives, knowledge institutions, archives and/or other types of social organizations.

Please note:
In this open call we are explicitly stimulating cross-sector collaborations. Proposals must be submitted by the designer.

which projects are eligible for a grant?

The open call focuses on collaborations, in which parties work together to approach a social issue in a new way. Depending on the issue, the project can take on different forms, like an activation, programming, a publication, a service or a product.

The application procedure consists of two phases.

fase 1
(duur max. 6 maanden – 10 x € 10.000. Startdatum: 1 januari 2024)
Je vraagt aan voor het opstarten van het project. Deze fase kan gebruikt worden om
de mogelijkheden van een project te onderzoeken. In de aanvraag beschrijf je de activiteiten die bijdragen aan het scherpstellen van inhoud en organisatorische kant van je project. Je werkt bijvoorbeeld de probleemstelling of onderzoeksvragen verder uit, doet vooronderzoek of een experiment, bouwt aan een prototype of proof of concept, werkt het publieks- of communicatieplan verder uit en bestendigd de samenwerkingen.

Naast het beschrijven van de activiteiten in de startfase is het van belang dat je in grote lijnen inzicht geeft in het beoogde (vervolg)project, plan voor het delen van de opgedane kennis en eindresultaat.

fase 2
(duur max. 12 maanden – 5 x € 40.000. Startdatum: 1 oktober 2024)
Je vraagt aan voor het vervolg van het vooronderzoek en/of experiment uit fase 1, ofwel de uitvoering van het project. Het project kan bijvoorbeeld bestaan uit een activatie, programmering, publicatie, dienst, product, podcast, manifestatie of interventie. Aan het eind van het project vindt er een passende presentatie of andere vorm van kennisdeling plaats.

Let op: dit bedrag wordt in twee fasen verleend. Cofinanciering is bij deze open oproep mogelijk, maar niet noodzakelijk. Alle ingebrachte tijd en middelen, ook eventuele cofinanciering, moeten op de begroting worden vermeld en gekwantificeerd. Je kunt alleen aanvragen voor fase 2 als je fase 1 volledig hebt doorlopen.

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 provide guidance and tips on preparing a grant application. You can use them to draw up your application as completely as possible.

Open Call Fresh perspectives
Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Fresh perspectives, which describes the reason and objective, design challenges, phases, criteria and procedures.

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 are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Fresh perspectives and the Open Call Grant Scheme.

assessment criteria

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 Fresh perspectives. 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 Maria van der Togt via m.vandertogt[at] 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.