What is My First Application?
My First Application gives applicants who have not previously received funding from the AFK the opportunity to explain their project in person during a thirty-minute conversation with AFK staff members. You will be informed whether or not the AFK will fund your project within a week.
The My First Application schedule
My First Application meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month. Please note: there must be at least one month between the meeting and the date upon which you plan to start your project.
Why does My First Application currently take place online?
Due to the current Corona virus restrictions, My First Application meetings are being conducted digitally by video call instead of face to face. This means we can continue to see as many applicants as possible.
How do I apply for a My First Application?
1) In order to apply for My First Application you must first create a My AFK account. If you do not yet have an account, please note that it does take a while to create one, so make sure you do this in advance.
2) Applicants must then log in to My AFK with their log-in name and password. Next, select the “Register for My First Application" button and follow the steps from there.
3) Check out the 'My First Application Registration Procedure' page to find out more about how the application process works https://www.amsterdamsfondsvoordekunst.nl/site/assets/files/13304/procedure_aanmelden_mijn_eerste_aanvraag.pdf
How should I prepare for My First Application?
1) When submitting a request for a My First Application, you will need to make a project plan for your project, which must be accompanied by a full budget breakdown. You must also fill in the application form that will be made available to you once you have registered. We will need this information so that we can prepare thoroughly for our interview with you.
2) Check that you have everything you need within easy reach, such as videos, images, notes you wish to refer to yourself, etc. before the video call starts.
3) There are also a few things you can do in advance to make sure the video call goes smoothly, like checking that your camera and microphone are working. Tip: if you use a headset you will be able to hear the conversation clearly and be heard yourself.
When will I be informed of the decision?
After the digital video interview, you will be contacted by telephone within two days regarding the decision. You will then receive the decision letter by e-mail within the week. If your application is rejected, you may submit one more My First Application.
How does a digital conversation work?
The appointment will take place digitally via a video call between you and two AFK staff members. You will receive an email from us in advance with an invitation to the video call. This invitation will contain a Microsoft Teams link. Click on this link to join the video call. If anything goes wrong, we will phone you to find out what the problem is.
What do I need to make the digital appointment work?
You will need a laptop or desktop with a camera and microphone for the video call. You may also need a headset. It is also important to have a stable internet connection, preferably a cable connection. If this is not possible, sit near your modem.
I don't have Microsoft Teams installed on my laptop/computer, what should I do?
If you already use Microsoft Teams, you can make the video call through the app, but if you don’t have Microsoft Teams and/or it's not installed on your device, there is no need for you to do anything; the conversation can take place via your internet browser, so you will just need to click on the invitation sent to you via e-mail.
PLEASE NOTE: Teams is not supported by the browsers Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari. More information about video calling without a Teams account can be found via this link: https://support.microsoft.com/nl-nl/office/deelnemen-aan-een-vergadering-zonder-een-teams-account-c6efc38f-4e03-4e79-b28f-e65a4c039508