Questions about your application, project or event, with regard to the coronavirus?

We too follow the instructions of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment), the government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Read the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding covid-19 here.

Update: 28 April 2020

Worldwide people are being affected by the coronavirus. There are unfortunately many casualties. Above all else, we sympathize with them and their loved ones, and we are full of appreciation for anyone involved in care, and in the struggle against this terrible suffering.

The virus causes uncertain times. We don’t know what lies ahead, but we do already know that the crisis has and will have major consequences in many areas of society. Including the art and heritage sector that we focus on as a fund.
In the short term, there is major damage in the entire cultural sector due to the postponement and cancellation of projects, exhibitions, shows and events. This also applies to projects to which the Mondriaan Fund has contributed.

We are in dialogue with other public funds and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, in order to arrive at solutions for the projects and activities that are affected. Leniency is the norm in this.

As an applicant, you don’t have to worry if your project is cancelled because of the coronavirus. You can still count on the funding that has been promised. We do then assume that all the parties included in the budget for the establishment of the project (e.g., artists, freelancers, authors) will be paid, even if their contribution cannot be delivered.

In addition, applicants will be given room to respond to the changes concerning the implementation, development, realization and presentation of the projects. In that respect we will also look at the relaxation of grant terms and initial payments. For accepted projects up to 25,000 euros, the full sum will be paid. For accepted projects higher than 25,000 euros, the initial payment will be increased to 95 percent.

Current applications
As for the applications that have yet to be presented to one of the committees, the possible influence of the coronavirus on the feasibility of the project will not be included in the assessment of the committee. In case of a positive assessment by the committee, the applicant will be contacted about the further practical implementation.

New applications
We can imagine that applicants may wonder whether at this point it makes sense to submit an application. Our answer to that is: yes, it certainly makes sense to submit an application.

What should you do if corona jeopardizes your project?

  • If there is any doubt whether something will continue or not, you don’t need to contact us. In any case, rest assured that if we have expressed our commitment, we will continue our support.
  • If your event or project has definitively been cancelled, mail your contact person.

I received an automatically generated message about final accountability. What should I do?

  • In case your project has been finalised and, due to the current situation, you need more time to submit a final report, you should contact your contact person through email.
  • If your project has not been finalised according to plan because of corona, you can account for that with an announcement in your report. If you pay every party included in the budget, we can then proceed to the finalisation. When in doubt, you can email your contact person.

The contact persons per grant can be found here.

Adjusted deadlines for rounds of applications
The Mondriaan Fund would like for as many projects and schemes as possible to go ahead as scheduled. But some projects don’t work anymore in times of corona, for other projects now is not the right time, and in other cases we want to offer the applicants just a little more time.

The following application rounds have been adjusted because of the coronavirus crisis:

Fortunately, there are still many opportunities left to apply for grants, and we hope that, in spite of corona, everyone will keep on doing that, because, together with you, we want to keep going. An up-to-date overview of the other deadlines in 2020 can be found here.

Processing period of applications
We are trying to carry out the activities as normally as possible. Nevertheless, in some cases, due to the current circumstances, the processing period of applications may take longer than 3 months. We kindly ask for your understanding.

Committee meetings
Meetings of assessment committees will in principle continue as planned, but will be held remotely through conference calls. For the time being, the measures taken will apply until 19 May; on the basis of the national guidelines that will be decided at that time, the Mondriaan Fund will also make a decision about continuation.

As you may understand, this situation requires some adjusting on our part as well. We would therefore like to request that you conduct your communication with contact persons of the Mondriaan Fund via email, as much as possible. You can find them here.

If you have any other questions or if you don’t have a contact person, please mail to