Art Heritage Presentation

The Mondriaan Fund Makes It Possible
Are you planning an exceptional project? This could be part of an existing exhibition programme or other regular events or activities, but it must transcend the regular programming, perhaps in the form of a special exhibition, event or festival. If so, an Art Heritage Presentation grant may be able to help.

Here are the possibilities:

Art Heritage Presentation
Fine arts institutions, museums and other cultural heritage organizations can use this grant to apply for exceptional presentations in the field of visual art and/or cultural heritage.
The Art Heritage Presentation grant stimulates art and cultural heritage presentations that distinguish themselves from regular programming in an inspiring way, establishing a new bridge to the public. We thereby support a broad base of offerings that does justice to the diversity of our society and the mutual engagement between art, heritage and the public.

For whom
Art Heritage Presentation grants are for visual art institutions, museums, art platforms, festivals and heritage institutions, with or without collaborating partners, such as academic institutions.

For what
These grants are for fine arts and heritage projects of national importance, or which have significant regional allure. One might think of presentations of art in exceptional combinations or contexts, or new work being created for the occasion, the development of new means of presentation, exceptional collaborative projects or cultural heritage events.

How much
The amount of the contribution is determined per application and is a maximum of 40% of the variable project costs. The minimum budget of the project must be higher than € 25,000 and must not contain any fixed costs. The average contribution per project in 2020 was around € 45,000. Contributions of € 75,000 or more are very exceptional. Please contact the Mondriaan Fund if you would like to request a contribution of such magnitude.

  • How and when to apply

    Applications can be submitted at any time of the year using the Mondriaan Fund online application system. You must first set up an account on the website before you can apply. Once your application is complete, please allow for a processing period of 3 months from the moment your application is submitted in full. Grants cannot be awarded retroactively.

  • Terms and Conditions

    • This grant is intended for cultural institutions open to the public, which organize presentations of contemporary visual art and/or cultural heritage in the Netherlands, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint-Eustatius or Sint Maarten.
    • Organizations that are directly financed by the Dutch government (through the Cultuurnota or HGIS Cultuurmiddelen) can apply. Any activities that are already financed by the BIS (Basic Infrastructure for Culture) do not qualify.
    • The amount of the contribution is determined per application and is a maximum of 40% of the variable project costs. The minimum budget of the project must be higher than € 25,000 and must not contain any fixed costs.
    • Publications, documentaries, symposia or conferences can be financed through Art Heritage Presentation grants if they constitute part of a larger presentation project.
    • If 1 or more artists are involved in the project, a realistic artist fee is obligatory and must be included in the budget. That honorarium will be paid by the applicant according to the guidelines for artists’ fees.
    • All cultural institutions subscribe to the Fair Practice Code (Dutch only), the Culture Governance Code and the Diversity & Inclusion Code (Dutch only). Compliance with the Fair Practice Code automatically means that the institution implements the guidelines on artists’ honoraria.

    Click here to read all the conditions applying to Art Heritage Presentation grants.

    Click here to read the General Terms and Conditions of the Mondriaan Fund.


  • Assessment

    Mondriaan Fund staff check the submitted applications and attachments to ensure that they are complete. Once an application is complete, it is submitted to the committee that advises on awarding Art Heritage Presentation grants. Click here to see what happens to your application.

    The advisory committee assesses your application on the basis of:
    • your project plan including an intrinsic motivation, an explanation of the national or regional importance or allure of the presentation and a communications plan which includes how you intend to reach an appropriate audience;
    • your budget, including cost estimates and a financing plan;
    • if your project involves one or more artists, an explanation of how the artist honoraria guidelines will apply;
    • where applicable, statements of permission from participating parties.

    The advisory committee takes the following criteria into consideration:
    • whether the presentation is convincingly meaningful;
    • how the institution appeals to and engages a suitable audience;
    • the connections that the institution maintains with other parties in order to realize a meaningful project;
    • the national and regional relevance of the presentation;
    • whether the quality and reputation of the applicant, and those of other collaborating institutions, are of importance for contemporary visual art or cultural heritage in the Netherlands, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Sint-Eustasius or Saba;
    • The artistic and cultural context: the committee assesses the exceptional character of the presentation, also considering how the presentation relates to developments in the field or profession, how this is relevant for their own location (regional or local), nationally or internationally, in a broader societal framework, with an eye to public relevance.

    If there are 2 or more parties submitting applications, this will in principle have a positive effect on the assessment. Whether this collaboration brings added value to the plan will also be taken into consideration.

    An Art Heritage Presentation grant can only be awarded if the committee advises to that effect. If their recommendation is positive, the committee can also make a recommendation concerning the amount of the grant stipend and the period for which this will be valid.

    Due to our limited budget, it is unfortunately not always possible to award grants to all those whose applications receive positive advisories from the committee. The board of the Mondriaan Fund consequently requests the advisory committee to consider the approved applications in relation to one another and rank them in order of priority. This can mean that an application can be positively assessed, but the applicant is nonetheless not awarded a grant.

  • Checklist

    To process your application, The Mondriaan Fund needs information. All of this information can be submitted in the application form itself, along with documentation that you upload. Here below is a checklist that follows the layout of the application form and contains all the information required. Tip: collect all your information before you start filling out the online application form. Your attachments should be uploaded as PDFs.

    Important: Wherever a maximum number of pages is given, do not exceed that number of pages! Additional pages will be disregarded.

    Recent (less than 1 year old) and valid registration excerpt from the Kamer van Koophandel (KvK, Chamber of Commerce)

    Information about the applying institution (1 page maximum)
    This should entail a description of the activities of the organization, including objectives, target audiences, collaborations and public reach.

    Plan (20 pages maximum)
    The plan should include an overview of activities being organized, intrinsic motivation, planning, description of the cultural entrepreneurship, artistic responsibilities for the project and, where applicable, the artists involved, collaboration partners and website.

    Describe how this project is distinctive in its intent and/or organization from the usual (exhibition) practices of those taking part and how the project transcends local interest. One can think here of the development of exceptional vantage points, working methods or collaborative partnerships. Indicate the way in which the project reinforces the relationship between cultural heritage and/or visual arts and the public.

    Presentation Plan (15 pages maximum)
    Describe the way the programme will be presented, including a communications plan with a description of the way in which a suitable audience will be reached and engaged. Include the expected number of participants and visitors. Describe the target groups, why these groups are appropriate and how the activities engage these groups.

    Applying codes
    All cultural institutions must comply with the Dutch Fair Practice Code (Click here to see a Fair Practice Code animation with information and tips), the Governance Code Cultuur (Governance Code for Culture) and the Code Diversiteit & Inclusie (Code on Diversity & Inclusion), which automatically means that the institution or organization applies the guidelines for artists’ fees.

    Specified budget with financing plan
    Click here for an explanation of budgets for institutions (in Dutch).

    Where applicable, this must include a realistic honorarium for the artist, paid for by the applicant, along with production costs and transport, travel and lodging expenses, etc. These must follow the guidelines for artists’ fees. If there are any unclear entries in the budget, the Mondriaan Fund may request additional estimates or documentation.

    Letters confirming contributions from third parties
    Include all letters in a single PDF.

    If one or more artists is involved with either new or existing work:

    Explanation (1 page maximum)
    Explain the work and the professional practice of the artist. Describe the substance and artistic principles of the work and how these are expressed in the work and the practice. Mention any collaborative associations. All of these documents should be included in a single PDF.

    Curriculum vitaes (2 pages maximum per artist)
    For each participating artist, submit a brief curriculum vitae with the most important information about the professional practice, especially in the last two to four years, such as exhibitions (indicate solo or group), events, commissions, awards and publications, including the year for each. Mention associated activities, such as teaching, advisory or jury positions. Include all artist curriculum vitaes in a single PDF document.

    Visual documentations
    This should be of work from the last 2 to 4 years, with no more than 20 digital images per artist. Include all images in a single PDF document, no more than 100 MB. Click here for technical specifications  for your uploaded documentation.

    Include a numbered documentation list (in PDF) that corresponds with your visual documentation, with descriptions or captions for the relevant images, sound, video or film clips. (For example: 01, Title, 2020, loop 2 min.)

    Bank details
    If your application is approved, we need your bank account number in order to transfer funds. If your account number is new to the Mondriaan Fund, upload a bank statement which clearly includes your name and IBAN (International Bank Account Number).

    Letters of permission from invited or participating parties
    These statements give you their permission for applying for funding from the Mondriaan Fund. Include all these letters in a single PDF.

  • Questions?

    If something is not entirely clear, please feel free to contact the Mondriaan Fund staff.

    Rianne Savenije (020-5231564), Sjoerd Staal (020-5231545), Talitha van Ooyen (020-5231513) or call the general phone number (020-5231523).

    The following is based on the deelregeling Erfgoed Innovatie (in Dutch).

latest update: 13.09.2021