Art Platform Pro
Art Platform Pro grants are intended for professional visual art organizations from the local to the national and international level that have maintained a regular annual programme of presentations, complemented with an extensive programme of activities. This concerns a grant of 175,000 euros per year to be spent on activities over the course of three calendar years.
For Art Platform Pro grants, in addition to the general conditions, the following criteria must also apply:
- Applicants maintain a policy in compliance with the Fair Practice Code, the Governance Code Cultuur (only available in Dutch) and the Code Diversiteit & Inclusie (only available in Dutch).
- Institutes for professional education in the arts and organizations that are directly financed by the government (through the Basisinfrastructuur plan, the other public national culture funds or sector and umbrella organizations) may not apply.
- If an applicant is included in the Basisinfrastructuur of the upcoming 2021-2024 national policy plan, the approved amount of support is cancelled for that period.
- A minimum of fifty percent (50%) of the budget must be covered by financial support from third parties and/or by the organization’s own earnings for the structural costs of the organization.
Applications that satisfy the requirements are presented to an advisory committee. The committee judges the application on the basis of:
- A description of the mission, vision and profile of the institute or organization, the people involved, and a reflection of the activities achieved in the last two years, with emphasis on innovative developments at the artistic and the organizational level.
- A plan with the following segments:
- A well-considered, broad artistic and intrinsic programme,
- A presentation plan in which it is illustrated how both an appropriate and a wider audience can be reached, including a strategy for audience reach beyond the professional audience, with facilities to accommodate audiences,
- A clear strategy in terms of the local and national context,
- A clear and convincing vision for marketing and communications,
- An extensive and actively implemented policy vision of the Fair Practice Code, Governance Code for the Cultural Sector and the Code for Diversity & Inclusion.
- A budget included finances to cover expenses.
In judging the application, the advisory committee considers six criteria and their mutual interdependence:
- Artistic vision, mission and profile: the advisory committee assesses the cohesion between the intrinsic and artistic principles of the art platform and the manner in which these are expressed in the activities. Which objectives are expressed in the mission and how does one attempt to achieve these objectives? How does the applicant profile and position their organization nationally, as well as in the city or region? In what way do the vision, mission and profile take shape in the activities and in the collaboration?
- Artistic and intrinsic quality of the activities of the recent past: the advisory committee assesses the role, position and working method of the art platform in the recent past and the manner in which these are expressed in the activities. Is the planned programme convincingly able to set an example, distinguish itself, or be outstanding in some other way?
- Innovative qualities: the committee assesses how the programme relates to society, Does it contribute to development and innovation?
- Audience reach: the advisory committee assesses the way in which the art platform presents itself, tries to find a broader audience for its activities, and is able to bind that audience to them. This can include audience-friendly facilities and the possibility of serving refreshments, as well as accessible gallery texts.
- Local and regional embedding: the advisory committee assesses what the programme contributes to available cultural infrastructure, and what is relevant for the audience to which it will be relating.
- High standards of organization and professionalism in business management: the advisory committee assesses the presence of professional business management and qualitatively strong organization. Here, the advisory committee also assesses the policy of the art platform in the area of the Fair Practice Code, the Governance Code for the Cultural Sector and the Code for Diversity & Inclusion.
An Art Platform Pro grant can only be allocated if the advisory committee reaches a positive decision. For budgetary reasons, the Mondriaan Fund’s board may request the advisory committee to weigh the applications against each other and rank the positive recommendations in order of priority .Here, the pluriformity of the entire group of art platforms to be awarded support is also taken into consideration.
Art Platform Pro grants consist of an amount of 175,000 euros per year for three calendar years. A minimum of fifty percent (50%) of the budget must be covered by financial support from third parties, such as local governments, private funding and/or income generated by the organization for the structural costs of the organization.
For the 2020 selections, a maximum of 6 programmes can be supported. In cases where the grant allocation maximum is exceeded, the application can be rejected on budgetary grounds.
Organizations can submit an application using the online application system of the Mondriaan Fund. First, you need to make an account to be able to apply. In In this system, you can fill in an application form and submit it together with the information requested in the checklist below.
Click here for frequently asked questions (FAQ) about online applications.
Applications are judged in a single round each year. This year’s deadline for applications was 6 July 2020. Applications must be received by 5:00 PM on the date of the deadline.
Applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been approved no later than three months after this deadline date.
Click here if you wish to learn how your application will be processed.
We have comprised a checklist of the information required to support your application. The order of the checklist follows that of the application form. The documents should be uploaded as PDF files. Please ensure that you do not exceed the maximum number of pages per segment. Pages that are in addition to the maximum allowed per segment will not be taken into consideration.
Proof of KvK registration
An extract of your registration with the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel, KvK), no more than a year old.
If you have not previously submitted an application to the Mondriaan Fund, or if your bank account number has changed since your last application, you need to upload a recent bank statement.
Annual account statement
You need to upload an annual account covering the preceding year, approved and signed by the management. The annual account shows the financial situation of the organization.
Art platform profile
Give a concise description of the mission, vision and the profile of your organization, the people involved, and a consideration of the activities that have been achieved in the preceding two years, with an emphasis on innovative developments, both artistically and organizationally. Address the professionalism and the business management of your organization. The profile must be no more than three A4 pages.
In the proscribed area, give a short summary of your programme, with a relevant selection of the artists and activities involved. The statement should contain no more than 1375 characters.
The following parts must accompany the programming plan:
- a programme with a convincing artistic and intrinsic foundation;
- the concerned artists, mediators and collaboration partners;
- a presentation plan which explains how the envisioned audience will be reached and a strategy for expanding public reach beyond the professional audience;
- the expected numbers of participants and visitors;
- a clear strategy regarding the local and national contexts;
- a clear vision of marketing and communications;
- optional: relevant visual documentation material.
The total must be in PDF format with a maximum of 25 A4 pages, including any illustrations provided.
Meeting good practice codes
For an Art Platform Pro grant, your organization must have an extensive and actively implemented policy vision regarding the Fair Practice Code, de Governance Code Cultuur (governance code for culture) in the Code Diversiteit & Inclusie (code for diversity and inclusion). This should be no more than three A4 pages.
Meeting Fair Practice Code standards automatically means that your initiative follows the guidelines for honoraria for artists.
Budget and financing scheme
An Art Platform Pro grant entails an amount of 175,000 euros per year for the period of 2021 through 2023. You must upload a specified budget, giving an overview of income and expenses per calendar year, including a financial scheme that covers expenses. At least fifty percent (50%) of the budget must be covered by financial contributions from third parties or by the organization’s own earnings for the structural costs of the organization.
Letters of confirmation
All letters in which third parties confirm their financial contributions to the programming are to be collected in a single PDF file.
Note: The attachments included with the uploaded application form are automatically arranged in a predetermined order and assembled in a single document. It is this document that goes to the advisory committee. In order to ensure the correct structure in this document, it is important that you place the requested attachments in the appropriate place and that nothing is uploaded more than once.