Development Budget

The AFK provides a special Development Budget of up to €15,000 for Amsterdam-based artists from all disciplines who would like to give their artistic careers a boost. An application for a Development Budget must be focussed on a boost in quality for the artist, and should provide insight into how the artist's visibility will be increased within the field of Amsterdam culture.

Who can apply?

Professional artists from all disciplines, from dance and music to theatre and the visual arts, can apply for a Development Budget if they can demonstrate that they have been professionally active in one or more arts disciplines for a minimum of four years.

What can a development budget be used for?

A development budget may be used, for (material) research, for example, or for a working period abroad, or for coaching or workshops. In addition, other concrete proposals intended to give your career some new momentum are always welcome.

Eligibility for a development budget

The applicant must meet the following conditions. The applicant:

• is a resident of the municipality of Amsterdam;
• has been professionally (and demonstrably) employed in one or more arts disciplines for a minimum of four years;
• is not a student or taking part in an arts education programme or postgraduate arts education programme which is funded according to the Dutch Law of Higher Education and Scientific Research;
• has had a total income during the calendar year preceding the application not exceeding € 35,000;
• has not received a Development Budget from the AFK during the four years prior to the application,    calculated from the date of the decision about the awarding of the previous financial contribution.

Requirements

Applications for a Development Budget must fulfil the following requirements:

a) An application consists of a development plan focussed on a boost in quality for the artist, and should provide insight into how the artist's visibility will be increased within the field of Amsterdam culture. The development plan must be realised within a maximum of one year;

b) An application must provide a step-by-step description of how the development plan will be realised and how the results will be made public.

NB If you are considering applying for a Development Budget, it is strongly recommended you get in touch with the member of staff responsible for the appropriate artistic discipline.

The application contains:

• The development issue, describing the initial situation and the hoped-for goal, as well as the specific steps which will be taken to reach that goal;
• a budget in which costs are worked out by category (materials, research, training, marketing, fees, travel and accommodation costs and fees for third parties). The applicant may include an honorarium for the artist’s investment in time for a maximum of € 1,500 per month, for a total of a maximum € 7,500;
• a relevant digital portfolio, with an emphasis on the four years prior to the application. This portfolio should also include a curriculum vitae, which clearly shows evidence that the applicant has been working professionally in one or more fields of the arts for a minimum of four years;
• income tax returns and tax assessments for the preceding calendar year, which indicate the level of total income, or the  income tax forms from the most recent year for which the artist has filed income tax, or received an income tax assessment, provided that these do not date from more than two years prior to the application.

Submitting an Application

Applications can be submitted at any time and a reply will be sent within 13 weeks.

Other Possibilities for Funding from the AFK

In addition to development grants, the AFK also offers artists more structural project subsidies.

Other Forms of Funding

In addition to subsidies from the AFK, there are other ways to finance projects: for example through the crowdfunding platforms (voordekunst and Cinecrowd), through a loan from the "Amsterdam Cultural Loan" amsterdamsecultuurlening.nl or through contributions from other funds.

The Documents you will need can be found here

Download the 2013-2016 Professional Arts Scheme
Download the 2013-2016 Cultural Participation Scheme

For further information please see Frequently Asked Questions - One-off subsidies