Pitch Your Project

Please note: The fourth assesment date has been cancelled because the budget has been spent.

The Recovery Fund is an initiative of the municipality of Utrecht and HKU to support HKU alumni who graduated in ’19-’20 and ’20-’21 to realise their professional steps in their field of work. You can apply for a fund on this page.

All alumni of HKU from graduation class ’19-’20 and ’20-’21 can apply with a plan that benefits your own development as a creative professional and the city of Utrecht. Do you have a project in your field of work that you would like to realize? Will it benefit the city of Utrecht? Apply now!

Questions? Mail marije.hellwich@hku.nl


The Recovery Fund is only available in 2022, see “Assessment” for information on when the assessment moments will take place.

Please note: The Recovery Fund has a limited budget, so the fourth assesment might be cancelled if we run out of budget sooner than that.


The Recovery Fund is available for all HKU alumni who graduated in the period ’19/-’20 or ’20-’21.

How much?

  • Individual project? 2500,- euro
  • Project with other HKU graduates from the same discipline? 2x 2500,- = 5000,- euro.
  • Project with other HKU graduates from a different discipline? 2x 2500.- = 5000.- plus maximum 2000.- bonus for an innovative interdisciplinary collaboration.


Most important condition: you work together with a partner from Utrecht (whether this partner offers space for the presentation of your project, co-develops, coaches or otherwise).

Your application includes a video pitch of minimum 80 and maximum 180 seconds, in which you tell and/or show:

  • What your project entails
  • Which budget you are requesting and how you are going to spend it
  • Which Utrecht partner participates in the project and in what role
  • Who else is involved in this project and in what role?
  • Optional: whether your project is eligible for a maximum additional bonus of 2,000 euros (interdisciplinary project)


When you first apply, you can choose to receive feedback from HKU X first. They will help you to make your plan and pitch as strong as possible. You can request this feedback by uploading (part of) your video and stating that you want feedback first.


An independent committee from the field periodically assesses the applications. You will also receive feedback in the event of rejection.

Deadlines and assessment dates

Please note: The Recovery Fund has a limited budget, so the fourth assesment date might be cancelled if we run out of budget before that date.

  • 31st of March
  • 25th of May
  • 29th of September
  • 24th of November – cancelled

Submit your video pitch

You can submit your application using the form below.

Questions? Mail project lead Marije Hellwich at marije.hellwich@hku.nl.

Questions? Mail marije.hellwich@hku.nl