Makersloket

The measures against COVID-19 are ongoing. Now more than ever, there is a need for art: work that is ambitious and controversial, investigative and exciting or recognisable and reassuring.

The Droom en Daad Foundation wants to support the wonderful artists of Rotterdam with the Makersloket. With a quick financial boost for professional art projects, artists can get started immediately.

Are you a Rotterdam-based designer, author, filmmaker, musician, visual artist, director, photographer, choreographer, dancer, poet or other type of artist? From April 12th onwards, you can submit an application at the Makersloket for a financial contribution to your project.

What is the Makersloket? Who can apply? What can an application be submitted for? How and when can an application be submitted? Assessment and payment after approval Terms and conditions Q&A Other

What is the Makersloket?

The Makersloket is a temporary programme that provides financing for art projects through donations. The Makersloket focuses on professional artists and is open to all art disciplines and forms of presentation. The donation per project is a minimum of € 1.500 and a maximum of € 7.500 (including taxes). The Makersloket has a swift application, assessment and donation process.


Who can apply?

  • Professional artists, both individuals and collectives.
  • Artists must be a resident and / or registered with the Chamber of Commerce in the municipality of Rotterdam.
  • Non-professional artists and organisations that receive a structural subsidy from the Rotterdam Culture Plan and / or the Basic Infrastructure are not eligible for a contribution.

Q&A

> 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?

  • Artists can apply for an art project, which means a cultural activity limited in time and resources to create something, for example, a performance, publication or visual artwork.
  • All art disciplines and forms of presentation (live and online) and both new and current (started after February 2020) projects are eligible for a contribution.
  • The project for which an application is done, must be completed before the end of December 2021 (including presentation of the project or final product). In case (a part of) the presentation takes place after December 2021, this must be explained in the project plan.
  • The final result of the art project must be visible or audible to residents and visitors of Rotterdam.
  • All activities related to the art project must be COVID-proof. The artists are responsible for implementation in accordance with the guidelines of the RIVM applicable at that time.
  • A project with a predominantly political or religious objective is not eligible for contribution.

Q&A

> 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?

  • Applications are submitted via the online application form, accompanied by a project plan of a minimum of one and a maximum of four A4s (including budget), a CV and / or portfolio and proof of establishment in Rotterdam.
  • The Makersloket has two application rounds in 2021 in which the registration form can be used:
    • April 12th, from 10.00 a.m. to April 16th, 16.00 p.m.
    • May 10th, from 10.00 a.m. to May 14th, 16.00 p.m.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline of an application round will not be considered.

Q&A

> 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

  • Applications are assessed by the Droom en Daad Foundation.
  • There is no assessment based on order of entry, so the submission date does not affect the assessment. In other words, quality is more important than the moment of submission.
  • The Droom en Daad Foundation strives to communicate the decision within three weeks after the final submission date of an application round.
  • After a contribution has been granted, it will be paid in two instalments. We strive to transfer the first instalment (90%) within five working days.
  • At the end of the project, the artist completes a final evaluation using a standard evaluation form on the Droom en Daad website. After receiving the evaluation, the second instalment (10%) will be transferred.

Q&A

> 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 makersloket@droomendaad.nl. 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.


Terms and conditions

Download the terms and conditions here (only available in Dutch)


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 makersloket@droomendaad.nl. 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, although of course we do appreciate it if our support for the art project is mentioned.

Here you will find an overview of all frequently asked questions