visual arts

Visual artists can apply for a development grant  at Amarte. Here you will find what this grant means and what the application consists of. Please also take a look here, because on top of a financial contribution you can also receive extra professional support from an expert.

Development grant (max. 2.500)

A development grant is meant for creative immersion. You can use this grant for example for a research period in which you experiment with different forms, methods or materials.

If you apply for a development grant we ask you to prioritize yourself as a creative. You may not have a concrete project plan yet, but it would be good to let us know what you would like to research or experiment with, and why this is important for the development of your artistic practice.


Your application includes:

  • Filled out form
  • Budget plan and coverage plan
  • Project plan (max 1 A4)
    In the project plan, answer briefly:
    What are you planning to do?
    Why do you want to do that?
    How are you going to do that?
    How is this project important to your practice or career? (in the short and long term?)
    Why did you choose this medium?
  • Portfolio
    Please provide visual imagery of your previous projects. For each project describe why you chose it and what it says about the new work you would like to make.


Here you will find a number of Amarte’s guidelines in reviewing applications:

  • The applicant is a professional in the field of film, theatre, music, visual arts, or literature, or a combination of these disciplines.
  • The project and/or developmental period has a beginning and an end.
  • Amarte likes to be reached out to early on in the creative process – applications for projects in a later creative stage therefore have a smaller chance of being granted.
  • Amarte aims to support the creative development of artists. Cultural organizations can therefore solely submit an application in collaboration with- and on the initiative of an individual creative/artist for the development of one artistic project.
  • Amarte particularly intends to be there for creatives who fall through the cracks at regular cultural foundations. Applications for large-scale projects for which the applicant relies on other foundations to cover a large part of the total budget therefore have less priority at Amarte.
  • Amarte prefers applications for smaller-scale projects with a maximum total budget of €50.000.
  • Amarte does not provide grants to solely cover study fees, scholarships, or organizational costs.
  • Amarte does not support any projects related to studies and/or scholarships. Amarte solely covers classes or courses if these are a part of the project or the developmental grant for which is applied.
  • Applications with educational purposes only will not be granted.
  • Amarte does not grant applications that are solely aimed at covering material costs, unless these are a part of the expenses of the project.
  • Amarte does not provide grants for organizational costs.
  • Amarte does not provide grants for residency costs.
  • Amarte only supports art publications if they are an autonomous art project. Publications with an overview of previously created work are not eligible.
  • Amarte does not provide grants for music video’s or dance projects, unless they are part of a multidiciplinary project.


Your application will be reviewed by the advisory committee Visual Arts.
It is important that they understand  why and how you would like to execute it. Please describe in detail where your idea comes from and what it means to your career in the short and long term.

The most important factors the advisory committee pays attention to are:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Authenticity
  • Talent development
  • A well thought out plan

In case your application does not fully fit the Visual Arts category, for example because it is a cross-disciplinary project, we make sure that your application is also read by the other relevant advisory committees.



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