Open Call Professionalization and deepening of the practice

For professionals within the fields of design, architecture or digital culture who want to achieve their own future-proof practice with a distinctive strategy.


closing date passed

€ 7,500

max application amount

€ 300,000


Important information

what is the background of this open call?

The COVID-19 crisis has greatly increased the urgency to reflect, professionalize and think strategically about the future. More than ever, we have experienced that ongoing assignments can suddenly grind to a halt, and that acquiring new assignments has become a lot more challenging due to the disappearance of informal encounters. How can you achieve new and distinctive forms of acquisition? How do you ensure that you remain visible to others? And what is the best way to renew your practice? This open call gives designers and makers space to explore questions like these.

who is this open call intended for?

This open call is intended for makers and designers with their own practice within the fields of digital culture, design or architecture and the crossovers between these fields. Such as garden and landscape architects, graphic designers, game developers, urban designers, product designers, social designers, interior architects, fashion designers, collectives, digital makers, observers and storytellers or makers from one of the many other sub-disciplines.

Proposals may be submitted by applicants who are based in the Netherlands and have had their own practice for at least three years.

For this project, you need to collaborate with at least two partners or gain knowledge from at least two external parties.

what projects are eligible for a grant?

This open call provides an opportunity to conduct research in the areas of professionalization, reflection and deepening of the practice. In particular, it is important that proposals provide insight in particular into a vision for the future and problem definition, and to set out a long-term development plan.

The contribution can be used to cover costs that support the stated objective within the open call, for example hours worked (including own hours), travel expenses, hiring specific knowledge and/or any material costs.

how do you prepare your 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 it 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, which describes the reason and objective, criteria and procedures.

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.

what is assessed?

Applications are assessed on the basis of the Open Call Professionalization and deepening of the practice #9 (post-COVID-19) and the Open Call Grant Scheme.

assessment criteria
- reflection on the development of your own practice and added value for a more future-proof practice
- quality of the action plan
- artistic quality of the portfolio
- 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 thee Open Call Professionalization and deepening of the practice #9 (post-COVID-19). 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.


How to achieve a good application?

Steps to take

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

Start your application
do you have any questions?

If some of the information is not clear, email your question to Dewi Kruijk or Carlijn Limburg. You can also call on 010 436 16 00. No draft of the proposal can be submitted to the Fund for this open call. If you have a more general question, have a look at our frequently asked questions first.