Open Call Climate justice

For designers, makers and collectives who want to work on a collaborative project on climate justice with one or more partners based in countries in Africa.

9 July 2024

closing date

€ 5.000 

subsidy amount first phase

€ 45.000 

max contribution second phase

Important information

what is the theme of this open call?

The consequences of climate change are not equitably distributed. People and countries that are the most impacted tend to have contributed less to the causes of climate change and the economic and political systems underpinning them. This type of climate injustice manifests itself in multiple forms, including the control and allocation of environmental burdens, benefits and resources on a local to global scale, and a disparity in whose ideas, knowledge and needs are recognised and taken into account.

Climate justice is a social, economic and political concern, but also a matter of design. For example how cities are shaped and how access to rights-related services such as housing, clean air and water are determined within them. Or how access to materials and resources, and the transition to ‘clean’ technology and energy is governed. Climate injustice is therefore inextricably linked to other injustices, such as in labour and migration, among others.

what is this open call’s objective?

This open call aims to make current issues, discourses and initiatives around climate justice tangible and discussable in relation to architecture, digital culture and/or design. In doing so, the Creative Industries Fund NL hopes to stimulate synergy and dialogue between practices on the African continent and western Europe, in particular the Netherlands. Collaborations provide space for introspection and reflection, and project partners are encouraged to relate to the theme from their individual local and cultural contexts, allowing knowledge and different artistic approaches to be exchanged and/or linked to current dynamics and urgencies.

who is this open call for?

Proposals may be submitted by designers, makers, curators, thinkers, collectives, platforms or other cultural organisations based in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and active in the fields of architecture, digital culture and/or design. Applicants should engage in an international collaboration with designers, cultural organisations and/or other parties in one or more of the following countries: Benin, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, and/or Uganda.

Proposals for activities in countries and regions where a red travel warning is in force at the time of submission cannot be processed.

which projects are eligible for a grant?

Proposals may take different forms, from artistic or design-based research to the implementation of interventions, initiatives or programmes. All types of approach are possible as long as a clear link is made both to the theme of the open call and to one or more design field.

what are the phases of this open call?

The Climate Justice Open Call consists of two phases:

Phase 1: Grant-writing

- Closing date: Proposals may be submitted up to and including 9 July 2024, 17:00 CET
- Number of grants: Maximum 15 projects of €5,000

Phase 2: Full collaborative project

Only applicants selected in Phase 1 may submit a full project proposal in Phase 2.

- Closing date: Proposals may be submitted up to and including 7 October 2024, 17:00 CET
- Number of grants: Maximum 10 projects of up to €45,000
- Announcement: 2 December 2024
- Starting date: Within four weeks of announcement
- Duration: Maximum 12 months after the starting date

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:

Open Call Climate justice

Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Climate justice, which describes the reason and objective, central questions, criteria and procedure.

Open Call Grant Scheme

Applications are 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. For this open call, Article 4d of the Fund’s Open Call Grant Scheme does not apply.

On Thursday 20 June 2024, the Fund is organising an online launch of this open call. Sign up here.

what is assessed?

Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Climate justice and the Open Call Grant Scheme:

- Project topic, its questions, and the value of its artistic content;
- Positioning and potential for impact;
- Collaboration.

The assessment criteria are explained in the Open Call Climate justice. Here you will also find the assessment criteria for the second phase.

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 Open Call Climate justice. The committee advises the Fund’s Board.


The assessment of the open call takes the form of a tender: this means that within the available budget, a number of proposals are chosen above the others. Only positively assessed applications will be supported.


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.

important documents

Hoe kom je tot een overtuigende aanvraag?

tip 1

be clear and do not repeat yourself

tip 2

make sure the proposal fits the defined theme

tip 3

involve relevant collaboration partners

tip 4

ask for feedback and fine-tune your proposal

Steps to take

Do you want to apply for a subsidy under this open call?

Start your application
do you have any questions?

If anything is not clear, please send your question by e-mail to Mireille de Koning and/or Roxanne da Graça via or you can also phone 010 436 16 00. If you have a more general question, read the frequently asked questions first.