The Design Fund allocates grants to diverse projects in the field design and architecture in Iceland: development, research, production, marketing and travel.
The role of the Design Fund is to promote innovation and value creation in the field of design and architecture with financial support and advice, and facilitate promotion and marketing abroad that enhances the export of Icelandic design.
The Design Fund adheres to the Ministry of Culture and Business affairs, and its annual balance is determined by parliament.
December 1st 2023 – February 21st 2024
Allocation March 22nd 2024
April 2nd - September 19th
Allocation October 17th 2024
are intended to support research and the development of new ideas or solutions. A project which has already received a development and research grant has a possibility of receiving a project grant at a later stage.
are intended to support new ideas or solutions which have been developed and shaped and have reached implementation or production stage. A project that has received a project grant has the possibility of receiving a marketing and communications grant later.
are intended to support designers and architects in taking part in international cooperation and promotional projects, exhibitions, events, conferences or business planning. It is possible to apply for a travel grant for one individual or more for the same trip. Thirty travel grants altogether will be awarded for the amount of 150.000 ISK each.
General grants can be maximum 10 million ISK each.
Applications should be handed in an electronic format here on the page by clicking APPLY HERE.
Beneficiaries, please note that it can take up to 6 weeks to receive the first part of the grant.