Project Grants for Artists
For whom and for what?
Project Grants for Artists are intended for visual artists who have a plan with a limited time scope, such as working out a concrete plan for new work, a trip or a temporary stay at a place in the Netherlands or abroad – for example, at a guest studio (click here for examples). Alternatively, the grant could be used to fund a research period, a collaboration between a mid-career artist and an emerging artist or an internship or apprenticeship with a renowned artist, cultural institution or company (except for educational institutions). Applications for this grant can be submitted by artists who have been professional artists for at least three years or who have completed a three-year degree at a university of the arts and have worked as an artist for at least one year.
The aim is to promote the development of talent by enabling visual artists to realise an artistic plan that is important to the quality and profile of contemporary visual art in the Netherlands.
The Mondriaan Fund distinguishes two types of project grants:
- A flexible grant for a period of up to twelve months. The amount of the grant will be determined for each individual application on the basis of the plan, the duration of the project and a project-specific budget.
- A fixed grant for a period of work with a duration of one to six months. The standard grant award is €1,700 per month. The duration of the period for which a grant is requested must be justified in the work plan.
Artists are welcome to submit a joint application for a Project Grant for Artists in association with other artists or intermediaries, as a duo or as a collective. For the purposes of this grant application, a ‘duo’ or ‘collective’ will be construed to mean a group of several artists, or artists and intermediaries, who regularly create work together. Partnerships can be regarded as (one-off) duos or collectives if they submit a joint plan for a period of work that will lead to a single result. In the event of a joint application, each party must fill in a separate form.
In addition to the General Terms and Conditions, the Project Grant for Artists is subject to the following conditions:
Training and professional practice
- Applications can only be submitted by artists who have been working professionally as visual artists for at least three years or have taken a three-year degree with a visual art curriculum at a university of the arts and have worked as professional artists for at least one year since then.
- Applications cannot be submitted while or before the artist is taking a degree at an institution that provides Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees or at a post-academic institution such as the National Academy (Rijksacademie), BAK, the Ateliers, the Jan van Eyck Academy and Sundaymorning@ekwc.
- In order to be eligible for a grant, the artist must be artistically active in the visual arts and must be integrated in that capacity into the professional visual art community in the Netherlands.
- The grant is not intended to fund activities for an organisation or regular work activities, exhibition costs and the costs of other presentations of work.
- Regular costs such as ongoing housing expenses are not eligible for a grant.
- The grant cannot be used to put existing work back into production, or to frame work or convert it to another medium. The contribution can be used, however, for an artist’s book, on the condition that it involves a special issue that can be regarded as an autonomous work of art and that has a print run of no more than three copies. Publications are not eligible for a Project Grant for Artists, but artists seeking to publish a book are welcome to apply for a Grant for Publications.
- This grant cannot be used to fund a period of work at a guest studio either in the Netherlands or abroad if this ‘internship’ is affiliated with the Mondriaan Fund’s Artist-in-residency Grants.
- Parties applying for a flexible grant are expected to pay at least 10 percent of the required funds themselves. This personal contribution must relate tocosts which are eligible for a grant award by the Mondriaan Fund. Applicants may use their own money, or alternatively, funds obtained from third parties, an interest-free loan from the Kwadraat Fund or funds raised through a crowd-funding campaign. The grant application is more likely to be successful if the applicant has raised some funds itself by means of a crowd-funding campaign (e.g. through voordekunst.nl).
- Flexible grants are not subject to a maximum amount. However, applicants are expected to do their utmost to attract funds from third parties, as well. Grant applications are more likely to be successful if funds have been attracted from third parties, depending on the nature of the project and the requested amount of money. Applicants are required to describe in an annexe to the on-line application form what efforts they have made to raise funds from third parties and how successful their efforts have been.
- If any other parties are involved in the application for the Grant for Artists, such as a museum, gallery, company or sponsor, this party’s level of financial support must be in acceptable proportion to the Mondriaan Fund grant for which the applicant is applying.
- Applications for grants covering costs which, in the Board’s opinion, are also covered during the same period of time by another grant awarded by the Mondriaan Fund are ineligible for a Project Grant.
- Artists who were awarded a Work Grant for Young Talent less than one year ago are not eligible for a fixed-level grant.
- Artists are only eligible for a Project Grant covering time spent on a project for a maximum of 24 months in any 48-month period. For the remainder of said 48-month period, the applicant will only be eligible for a flexible grant covering project expenses (which constitutes a part of the Project Grant for Artists).
- Artists whose previous applications were rejected because their professional performance was found wanting are ineligible for a Project Grant for Artists for the next twelve months, except in the event that they submit a completely different plan which is expected to take the applicant’s work in a completely new direction.
All applications which satisfy all the formal requirements and which come with all the requested annexes will be presented to a committee which will issue a recommendation on the award of Project Grants for Artists. Click here if you wish to learn how your application will be processed. The advisory committee will assess the applicant’s artistic performance and the significance of the proposed project on the basis of the following documents:
- Visual documentation outlining the applicant’s activities in the last two to four years;
- The applicant’s CV (resume);
- More information on the applicant’s work and professional practice;
- A work plan featuring the applicant’s reasons for wishing to take part in the project. If the application involves a deepening of the artist’s knowledge or a form of collaboration, the applicant must explain why this plan will contribute to his or her artistic development and that of any (temporary) collaboration partner;
- A presentation plan for displaying to the right audience and in an inspiring manner the project or work that came about during and after the project.
And, where applicable:
- A budget covering all expenses, with quotations;
- Pledges by parties who will take part in the project or have invited other parties to do so;
- The curriculum or programme of the institution or guest studio, as well as relevant information pertaining to the institution’s selection procedure for admission to the programme;
- Information on the person with whom the applicant will be collaborating, such as a CV, documentation or an explanation of his/her artistic principles;
- A letter from the institution explaining why the applicant would be a good fit for the institution
The advisory committee will assess whether the project is expected to make a meaningful contribution to Dutch visual art. This is primarily assessed on the basis of the applicant’s artistic performance over the past two to four years. Among other things, the committee will assess the applicant’s cultural entrepreneurship. If the applicant is an emerging artist, the committee will assess whether the applicant’s work is expected to meet these criteria. In addition, the committee will assess the applicant’s work plan and presentation plan.
In assessing the applicant’s artistic performance, the advisory committee will consider the following interrelated criteria:
- The artistic quality of the artist’s work. The question as to whether the oeuvre the artist has built to the present day is important to contemporary visual art, or, in the event that the applicant is a beginner artist, is expected to become so. This assessment is primarily focussed on the connection between the artist’s artistic principles and the way in which these are expressed in his or her work. Among other things, the committee may examine the intellectual meaning of the concept, the artist’s power of imagination and his/her mastery of the chosen materials. Furthermore, the committee will examine how the artist’s work and opinions relate to the historical and current context.
- The quality of the applicant’s cultural entrepreneurship; the artist’s investigative and/or innovative approach and the way the artist presents himself/herself and seeks to find and engage an audience for his work in an inspiring manner
Plans and profile
In addition to the quality of the applicant’s previously realised work, the application will be assessed on how the applicant’s work is expected to develop in the future. The advisory committee will assess this on the basis of:
- The quality of the work plan and, where applicable, the context in which the applicant displays or creates his/her work;
- The presentation plan, particularly with regard to the way it seeks to reach the right audience in an inspiring manner.
Applications are more likely to be successful if the grant application for a project is submitted by two or more parties. One of the aspects which will be assessed is whether the collaboration will create added value for the plan.
A Project Grant for Artists can only be awarded if the advisory committee issues a positive recommendation on the applicant’s artistic performance, the work plan, the presentation plan and the partnership plan, where applicable.
Such a positive recommendation may come with a recommendation on the sum to be awarded as a grant and the term for which it will be awarded. The Mondriaan Fund’s board may request the advisory committee to weigh the applications against each other and to rank positive recommendations in order of priority.
Applications for Project Grants for Artists can be submitted through the Mondriaan Fund’s online application system, for which you need an account. With your account you can access the application form, where you can fill in the questions and upload the information requested in the checklist below. Click here for the FAQ about online applications.
Applications for Project Grants for Artists can be submitted throughout the year. Applicants must allow for a total processing period of a maximum of three months from the moment the application is complete. Grants from the Mondriaan Fund cannot be awarded with retroactive effect, which is why the application must be submitted well before the desired starting date.
Currently the checklist is only available in Dutch.