Open Call Professionalization and deepening of the practice

For professionals in the field of design, architecture or digital culture and any crossovers between them who want to achieve a future-proof design practice.


closing date passed

€ 8,250

maximum amount to apply for

€ 300,000


Important information

what is the background to this open call?

With this open call, the Creative Industries Fund NL presents makers with the possibility of developing a distinctive strategy for a future-proof design practice. Developing a long-term vision and strategy is important for your design practice. In a professional practice, you schedule time for both your artistic development and your growth as an entrepreneur. How do you find the right balance between the two? What is your vision of the future and which strategy can you use to achieve that?

who is this open call for?

This open call is intended for makers and designers with their own practice within the field of digital culture, design or architecture and any cross-overs between them. By this we mean, amongst others, garden and landscape architects, graphic designers, game developers, urban designers, product designers, social designers, interior designers, fashion designers, digital makers, observers, storytellers and makers in many other subdisciplines. Collectives may also submit an application.

Proposals can be submitted by applicants who are located in the Netherlands and who have been running their own practice for at least three years.

No application can be submitted by:

- designers or design studios that were supported in a previous edition of this open call and have not yet completed the project that was supported;
-designers who, at the time of submitting an application, are receiving support for implementing their development plan under the Fund’s Talent Development Grant Scheme.

Please note: If you received a contribution from a previous edition of this open call and that grant process has been completed, we ask you to reflect on the results of the previous support when submitting a new plan. The plan must be clearly distinguishable from the previously supported application.

which projects are eligible for a grant?

With this open call, the Fund wants to strengthen the design field and promote connections between culture, entrepreneurship and society. For that reason, we hope that your proposal gives insight into:
- how you currently work;
- your problem formulation and goal;
- your present and future vision;
- your plan of action.

Specifically, the following costs can be covered using the Fund’s contribution:
- your own hours to carry out this project;
- hiring specific knowledge;
- travel expenses;
- any minor material costs.

Please note:
Normal business expenses cannot be applied for, such as:
- work space rental;
- office costs;
- developing a corporate identity and website;
- obtaining legal advice;
- further developing a current design.

what are the requirements for your project plan?

You have to engage at least two advisers/mentors for the implementation of your project plan. For example, a business coach, an artistic coach, a financial adviser or somebody who can advise you about impact. You could also ask curators, intermediaries or other designers for advice.

Motivate your choice for these partners or parties by making a link with the goal and your long-term vision as stated in the project plan. Explain in detail why these persons match the goals you have set yourself.

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 Professionalization and deepening of the practice
Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Professionalization and deepening of the practice #11, which describes the reason and objective, design challenges, phases, criteria and procedures.

Open Call Grant Scheme
The Open Call Professionalization and deepening of the practice #11 takes precedence. 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 Professionalization and deepening of the practice #11 and the Open Call Grant Scheme.

assessment criteria
the astuteness of the reflection on the development of your own practice up to now and how this step could be of added value to a more future-proof practice;
- the quality of the plan of action in relation to the intended result;
- the artistic quality of the portfolio;
- the quality of the contribution of the partners/advisers involved.

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 Professionalization and deepening of the practice #11. 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 Chloë Neeleman or Dewi Kruijk. 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.