My First Application

► PLEASE NOTE: The number of applications for My First Application is high and editions fill up very quickly. This results in disappointment. My First Application is not the only option to apply for a grant. If you want to be sure that your application will be processed, please be aware that you could apply for another subsidy. Here you will find an overview of the regular subsidy options.

Do you want to discuss your application? Ask your questions to our 'Cultuurverkenners', you can also contact future 'speed dates' or ask one of our staff members.


For whom is this subsidy intended?
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For whom is this subsidy intended?

If you have not previously received a subsidy from the AFK, you can make use of 'My First Application', which will enable you to explain your application in person in a conversation with AFK staff members.

Both individual culture makers and professional artists and organisations can submit a My First Application, provided that they have not previously received funding from the AFK.

Professional Arts or Culture Maker?

For My First Application, you choose between the Professional Arts scheme and the Culture Maker scheme. Please make this choice carefully. If your application does not fit into the chosen scheme, it may not be processed. If in doubt, please contact one of our staff members.

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For what is this subsidy intended?

You can submit a My First Application for project funding under the 2012-2024 Project Subsidies for Professional Artists Scheme or under the 2021-2024 Project Subsidies for Cultural Participation Scheme. The minimum amount that can be requested under the Culture Participation Scheme is €1,500, while the minimum amount that can be requested by professional artists and organisations is €2,500. The maximum amount of funding that can be requested from the AFK under a My First Application is €5,000.

Submit your application in the usual way, using the online application form (we explain what information the AFK requires from you in the explanatory notes to the scheme). You will have the opportunity to discuss your project and ask questions during a 30 minute conversation with AFK staff members. Decisions on a ‘My First Application’ will be taken within one week of this meeting.

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How and when may I apply?

Only a limited number of ‘My First Application’ requests can be considered each month. Below are the dates for registration, sending in an application and meetings. You can register on the dates given from 09:00 via My AFK. To do so, you must first create an account.

PLEASE NOTE: there must be at least one month between the date of your meeting with the AFK and the first public presentation/performance of your project.

We receive a great many requests for a My First Application. If you want to be sure that your application will be processed, you should apply through the usual procedure, where you will find an overview of the normal funding options, and not through My First Application.

All appointments for My First Application take place at the AFK office, in Pakhuis de Zwijger.

Registration

Deadline form

My First Application

20 December 2023

15 January 2024

30 January 2024 (AFK office)

31 January 2024

12 February 2024

27 February 2024 (AFK office)

28 February 2024

11 March 2024

26 March 2024 (AFK office)

27 March 2024

15 April 2024

30 April 2024 (AFK office)

1 May 2024

13 May 2024

28 May 2024 (AFK office)

29 May 2024

10 June 2024

25 June 2024 (AFK office)

31 July 2024

12 August 2024

27 August 2024 (AFK office)

28 August 2024

9 September 2024

24 September 2024 (AFK office)

25 September 2024

14 October 2024

29 October 2024 (AFK office)

30 October 2024

11 November 2024

26 November 2024 (AFK office)

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Contactpersonen

Rudy Chotoe
Teammedewerker Muziek & Muziektheater en Theater & Dans
Nienke Gademan
Teammedewerker Visuele Kunsten & Erfgoed en Woordkunst, Cultuureducatie & Cultuurmakers

This is the team within this subsidy. For questions about project subsidies, please contact the team leader. Do you have questions about your project application? Please contact one of the staff members. Furthermore, advisers are also involved in this subsidy.