Frequently asked questions Makersloket

Who can apply?

> Do I have to be registered with the Chamber of Commerce as an applicant?

If an artist is not registered with the Chamber of Commerce, the application must demonstrate in another way that the artist is professional, for example by including CV and/or portfolio.

> How is a professional artist defined?

A professional artist is defined as an applicant whose primary occupation is to realise art (e.g. performances, concerts, visual art or film). In other words, he/she produces in the various art disciplines or crossovers thereof. Artists with a bachelor's degree from an art study program are regarded as professional, but having an art diploma is not a condition.

> How do I demonstrate that Rotterdam is my home base?

When completing the application form, you will be asked to enclose proof of residence. For the residential address this concerns an extract from the Personal Records Database (see website municipality of Rotterdam) and for the business registration of the company a recent extract of the Chamber of Commerce.

> Can I submit an application together with other artists?

The Makersloket is open to requests from individuals and collectives, so a project in which multiple artists collaborate is also eligible for a contribution. One of the artists will serve as the main applicant on behalf of the collective.

What can an application be submitted for?

> To what extent should a project be "contact-free"? Is there a (limited) audience allowed?

All presentation forms, both online and offline are eligible for a contribution. In the assessment of an application, the practical feasibility is also considered. Work must at all times (during implementation and preparation of the project) be carried out in accordance with the COVID-19 rules and government guidelines that are applicable at the time of execution.

> What are the consequences if a project supported with a contribution turns out differently than planned because of the COVID-19 measures?

The main goal of the Makersloket is to enable Rotterdam-based artists to carry out their profession. It is not known how the pandemic will develop and the Droom en Daad Foundation understands that projects can develop differently than planned. In such a case, the Droom en Daad Foundation recommends, if possible, moving the project to a moment when the project can be carried out as presented in the project plan. If as a consequences the project takes place after December 31st of 2021, this is allowed. In that case, we ask you to inform the Droom en Daad Foundation of the changes to the project schedule.

> Can a previously realised project be submitted with a new presentation method?

These projects are also eligible for a contribution. Keep in mind that a project must have started after February 2020 and must end no later than 31 December 2021.

> Can the total project budget exceed the maximum contribution of € 7.500?

Yes, projects with a total budget that exceeds € 7.500 are also eligible for a contribution. In that case, the rest of the budget will have to be covered by, for example, income from sales to audience, contributions from other funds or crowdfunding. The maximum contribution from the Makersloket is always € 7.500. However, the application must indicate how the remaining financing of the project is assured.

> Can I apply if I receive a government grant, contribution from another fund or crowdfunding for the project?

Yes, these projects are not excluded from participation. Please note, organisations that receive a structural subsidy within the framework of the Rotterdam Culture Plan and / or the Basic Infrastructure are not eligible for a contribution.

> Can I submit more than one application?

Yes, that is allowed. Please note, each application must relate to a different art project. In other words: one application per art project.

How and when can an application be submitted?

> How extensive should the budget be?

The budget must be in line with the project plan and the information entered in the application form. Based on the provided budget the (financial) feasibility of the project needs to become clear. Income and expenses must be sufficiently itemized and / or substantiated, i.e. based on quotations or an explanation of assumptions. Remember to take into account the VAT in your budget.

> Which VAT rules apply to the donation of the Droom en Daad Foundation?

We recommend that you always discuss with your own adviser which VAT rules are applicable to your activity.

A donation from the Droom en Daad Foundation always includes mandatory taxes and levies. A donation (without direct compensation in return) is in general not taxable for VAT.

If you are going to carry out a free-for-public activity as an independent artist, it is possible that the activity is not considered as a “taxed entrepreneurial activity”. In that case, you may not be able to reclaim VAT on the costs incurred. Whether you, as a self-employed artist, have to pay VAT on your own fee will depend on your own personal circumstances (for example, if you can make use of the ‘kleineondernemersregeling’ or the ‘artiestenregeling’ you do not charge VAT on your fee).

If from consultation with your own adviser it becomes clear that it is not possible to reclaim VAT or that you have to pay VAT on your own fee, then the VAT may be included in the budget as part of the costs. Including VAT does not affect the maximum amount of the donation of € 7,500.

> Can I include my own fee in the project plan and budget?

Yes. The Makersloket encourages Rotterdam-based artist to get back to realising art. A fair fee in line with the Fair Practice Code is part of this. For more information also see the Fair Practice Code website.

> Can I submit an application in English?

English-language applications will also be processed. Official correspondence from the Droom en Daad Foundation regarding the Makersloket is in Dutch.

Assessment and payment after approval

> If a project is approved, does the Makersloket always grant the entire requested amount?

The Droom en Daad Foundation assesses the project plan. Based on this assessment, it can be decided to allocate a lower amount than requested.

> I apply for a project contribution together with several artists. If the contribution is granted, how will it be paid in this case?

One applicant will serve as the main applicant and he / she will receive the contribution in his / her bank account. The responsibility for distributing the contribution among the other artists involved lies with the main applicant and not with the Droom en Daad Foundation.

> If my application is rejected, will I receive a motivation for this decision?

A rejection is briefly motivated by the Droom en Daad Foundation. For more information you can of course always contact There will be no further correspondence about the result of the decision.

> If my application is rejected during the first application round, can I resubmit this application later and / or submit another application?

Yes that is possible. When a previously rejected project is resubmitted, it is assessed whether the project plan has been improved as a result of the possible feedback provided by the Droom en Daad Foundation after the rejection.

Q&A Other

> How can I get in touch with the Droom en Daad Foundation about the Makersloket?

Questions and other requests regarding the Makersloket can be sent by email to Questions about the Makersloket will not be answered by telephone.

> What are the consequences of this contribution for my governmental support (i.e. NOW, TVL and / or TOZO)?

A contribution can have consequences for governmental support. Because this differs per individual / organisation, we cannot make any statements about the exact consequences. If you have any questions about this subject, we recommend that you contact the tax authorities or a tax specialist. For more information, see the website of the National Government on the financial support.

> Should I mention the Droom en Daad Foundation in public communication (e.g. announcements of the project)?

You do not need to promote the Droom en Daad Foundation. We believe it is important that the audience's attention is fully focused on your art project.