The Mondriaan Fund Makes It Possible
Do you want to complete a concrete plan within a specific working period? Are you contemplating an apprenticeship or a working period in the Netherlands or another country? If so, you may be eligible for an Artist Project grant.
Here are the possibilities:
Artist Project grants are for visual artists who want to execute a specific plan, tied to a clearly defined working period. This can also be a collaborative project with one or more other parties.
The Mondriaan Fund offers Artist Project grants to give visual artists the opportunity to execute specific plans and thereby make a significant and visible contribution to contemporary visual art in the Netherlands.
Artist Project grants are for artists who have been working as professional visual artists for a minimum of 1 year.
You can use this grant to help meet the costs of realizing this project, for example, for the execution of a concrete plan for new work, a collaborative engagement, or for travel and work abroad. This might entail a research project, an apprenticeship, or a working period in the Netherlands or elsewhere.
The amount of the stipend depends on your plan:
– A fixed amount for a working period in the Netherlands or elsewhere, varying from 1 month to a maximum of 6 months. The standard amount is € 2350 per month. Your working plan must include a good argument for the period of time to be covered by the grant.
– A flexible amount is possible for a period of up to 12 months.
The amount is determined according to the plan, the duration of the project, and the budget.
You can apply for an Artist Project grant together with other artists or mediators. In that case, the collective plan must lead to a single result. For a collaborative project, each participant must submit their own individual application.
How and when to apply
Applications can be submitted at any time of the year, using the Mondriaan Fund’s online application system. You must first apply for an account in order to submit your application. Once your application is complete, please allow for a processing period of 3 months from the moment your application has been submitted in full. Grants cannot be awarded retroactively.
Terms and conditions of this arrangement
-You have been working as a professional visual artist for at least 1 year and are registered with the Kamer van Koophandel; or you have followed a higher education programme in the fine arts for at least 3 years and have been working as a professional visual artist for at least 1 year; or you have been working for 3 or more years as a professional visual artist;
– You are actively practicing your art and are embedded in the professional visual arts in the Netherlands;
– At the time of your application, you are receiving no other financial support from the Mondriaan Fund that would cover the same costs;
– Artist Project grants cannot be used to finance study. You may not make use of an Artist Project grant while attending courses, including bachelor, master, graduate or postgraduate programmes.
– If an earlier application has been refused on the ground of artistic performance, you may not apply for an Artist Project grant within a period of 12 months, unless the new project concerns a completely different plan for which it is expected that the development of the work will take an entirely new direction;
– In the case of flexible grant stipends, you must provide a minimum of 10% of the costs for which you are applying to the Mondriaan Fund. This can be your own investment, a contribution from third parties, an interest-free loan from Fonds Kwadraat and/or a contribution by way of crowdfunding.
– There is no maximum amount established for flexible stipends, but we do expect that you make every possible effort to find financing from third parties.
– If another party is involved with your application, such as a museum, gallery, company or commissioning client, the financial contribution of this collaborating party must be in a balanced proportion to the amount being requested from the Mondriaan Fund. All Dutch cultural institutions are expected to adhere to the Fair Practice Code. This automatically means that they follow the guidelines for artist honoraria.
Click here to read all the terms and conditions of the Artist Project grants.
Click here to read the General Terms and Conditions of the Mondriaan Fund.
Assessing the applications
The 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 Artist Start grants. Click here if you want to know what happens to your application.
The advisory committee assesses your application on the basis of:
– your visual documentation;
– your curriculum vitae;
– your explanation of your work and professional practice;
– your working plan.
The committee takes the following criteria into consideration:
– The quality of the work: think here of the artistic principles underlying the work and how these are expressed in the work, the power of imagination and the mastery of the chosen materials and techniques.
– The degree of recognition for the work, indicated by solo or group exhibitions, sales, publications, commissions, grants, subsidies and/or awards received;
– the working plan, and where applicable, your plans for collaborating with others.
An Artist Project grant can only be awarded if the committee advises to that effect. The committee can then make recommendations about the amount of the stipend and the period for which it is to apply.
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 against 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.
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 can 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. The attachments can be uploaded as PDFs. Important: wherever a maximum number of pages is given, do not exceed that number of pages! Additional pages will be ignored.
Explanation of your work (3 pages maximum)
Describe what your work is about, what you hope to achieve and what you have done to develop your practice. Describe any artistic collaborations and your part in these partnerships.
Curriculum Vitae (3 pages maximum)
Upload the most important data about your professional practice, with emphasis on the last 1 to 4 years. Include exhibitions (indicate solo or group), events, commissions, publications, prizes or awards, as well as eventual sales, mentioning the year in which they occurred. Also mention any associated activities, such as lectureships, advisory or jury positions.
Plan (4 pages maximum)
Clarify here what the substance is of your project, and your plan. If your application concerns a deepening of the work, or a collaboration, explain why and how this will contribute to your artistic development and, where appropriate, that of your collaborating partner. Describe your own part in any collaboration. Describe how you intend to reach a suitable audience with the work for which you are applying for funding. That could be in the form of an exhibition, website, blog, open studio or workshop. Describe the audience you hope to reach and why that audience is appropriate to your work.
Create a PDF document with up to 20 images (max. 100 MB) of your most important works from the past one to four years. Begin with the most recent work. It can also help to include some images of the work in the context of presentations, such as an exhibition. Always include images of individual works. In addition, you can upload sound or video/film fragments of up to 15 minutes (together max. 300 MB). This is possible, for example, if you make films, performances or installations. 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 or video/film clips. (For example: 01, Title, 2020, loop 2 min.)
If you will be realizing the project for which you are applying for funding together with an organization or another person, we ask you to also upload the following supplemental documents. (4 pages maximum):
Agreement from the collaborating party
We need a statement of agreement from the organization or the person with whom you will be working.
Information about the collaborating party
Include a curriculum vitae and/or supplemental information about the organization or person. If it is an organization with a public programme, we require a description of their activities and an explanation of their public reach and visibility over the past three years. Include all of these documents in a single PDF.
Motivational statement from the collaborating party
If, for example, you have been selected for a residency, workshop or educational programme, we would like a motivational statement from the organization explaining why you have been selected.
Statement from participating educational organization
If you will be realizing your project in the context of an educational organization, upload a statement from that organization confirming that the project for which you are applying for Mondriaan Fund support is not part of a bachelor, master or PhD study.
If you choose a flexible stipend, we also need the following:
Specified budget with financing plan
Click here for an explanation of the items that can be included in the budget.
If third parties are involved in the financing of the plan, upload the total budget, including how costs will be covered, not just the part for which you yourself are applying for a Mondriaan Fund grant. If another party is involved in your application, such as a museum, gallery, company or commissioning client, the financial contribution of this party must be in acceptable proportion to the contribution you are requesting from the Mondriaan Fund. Explain how the amount of this party’s contribution is in appropriate balamce with the amount requested.
Letters of confirmation of contributions from collaborating parties
If applicable, include a single PDF with all letters in which collaborating parties confirm their contribution to the project.
Estimates must be included for all expenses above € 1000. Include all of these estimates in a single PDF.
Personal Records Database (BRP) extract
If you do not have Dutch citizenship, include a recent extract, no more than 3 months old, from the Basisregistratie Personen (BRP, or Personal Records Database) where you live, confirming that you reside in the Netherlands.
Bank details or Kamer van Koophandel (KvK) registration
If your application is approved, we need your bank account number in order to transfer funds. If you have applied for funding from the Mondriaan Fund in the past, we may already have this information.
• Has your account number changed or is it new to the Mondriaan Fund? If so, upload a bank statement which clearly includes your name and IBAN (International Bank Account Number).
• If you have a business bank account for your one-person business, include a recent (less than 3 months old) copy of your registration with the Kamer van Koophandel (KvK, Chamber of Commerce), showing that the account has sole proprietorship.
Diploma, degree, art school deregistration or Kamer van Koophandel (KvK, Chamber of Commerce) registration
If you have been working professionally for less than 3 years, we request copies of any diplomas or degrees from art schools, or a statement from the school that your study ended before you received a diploma. If you have not pursued a higher fine arts education programme, include a recent copy of your registration with the Dutch Kamer van Koophandel (KvK) or foreign Chamber of Commerce as an indication that you are registered as a visual artist.
If something is not entirely clear, please feel free to contact the Mondriaan Fund staff.
The following is based on the deelregeling Kunstenaar Project (in Dutch).
Tips and examples
The Mondriaan Fund makes even more possible
Artists who are recipients of Mondriaan Fund grants qualify for pre-approved, interest-free loans from Fonds Kwadraat. This could, for example, cover the purchase of materials or equipment.
If you have succeeded in raising funds for your project through crowdfunding , for example via voordekunst.nl, this will have a positive impact on the assessment of your application.