Cultural Heritage Preservation Grants

For whom and for what?

Cultural Heritage Preservation Grants are intended for owners and managers of objects and collections that are registered as protected in the Register, within the meaning of the Heritage Act (Erfgoedwet). The grant can be used to fund the expenses associated with the care for and preservation of this cultural heritage:

  • Costs of active and passive conservation (prevention of decay through proper storage conditions).
  • Costs for restoration or renovation that are necessary for a meaningful and visually appealing presentation. The restoration of moveable industrial heritage must be necessary in order to return the object to a useable condition. The replacement of components is limited to that which is absolutely necessary for construction, operation or safety purposes.
  • Costs of duplication. This applies only when the object is subject to an unstoppable internal process of decay due to the material used (for example, film or some type of paper) or is used so heavily that its preservation is in jeopardy (for example, photographs, old manuscripts or music).

The aim is to encourage care for these objects and collections and to make and keep these publicly available to the extent possible.

The amount of the Cultural Heritage Preservation Grant will be determined per application. The Mondriaan Fund will finance up to 60 percent of the project.

  • Conditions

    In addition to the General Terms and Conditions, Cultural Heritage Preservation Grants are subject to the following conditions:

    • Applications must be submitted by the owners or managers of a protected object or protected collection.
    • The application must concern an object or collection listed with the Register within the meaning of the Cultural Heritage Act.
    • Constructional provisions, projects designed to improve storage conditions in order to prevent an object from decaying, documentation of objects, and storage facilities are not eligible for a Cultural Heritage Preservation Grant.
    • The applicant is expected to pay for a significant share of the expenses itself.
    • If the application concerns an object which must be renovated or restored, it is expected that this object will be accessible to the public at certain regularly scheduled times of the week, without any need for an appointment.
    • If the application concerns moveable industrial heritage, the renovation or restoration efforts must be designed to restore the object to an operational condition.
    • The applicant must be able to prove that the preservation of the object is guaranteed in the long term due to proper constructional provisions, climate control and security measures.
    • All applications must include a budget covering all expenses which complies with the Mondriaan Fund’s guidelines.
  • Assessment

    All applications that comply with the formal conditions and that have been submitted with the requested annexes will be presented to a committee which will issue recommendations for the allocation of a Cultural Heritage Preservation Grant. Click here if you wish to learn how your application will be processed. The advisory committee will assess the application on the basis of:

    • A description of the object or the collection;
    • A description of the treatment method or preservation measures;
    • A presentation plan explaining in what way the organisation seeks to attract and retain the right audience in an inspiring manner;
    • A budget covering all expenses;
    • In the event of a renovation or restoration, a renovation or restoration plan plus the relevant documentation.

    The advisers will assess applications for the following six interrelated criteria:

    • The significance of the object or the collection to Dutch cultural heritage.
    • The effectiveness of the treatment method or preservation measures.
    • The urgency of the project.
    • The quality of the storage conditions, including security measures.
    • A guarantee that the object will continue to be accessible to the public for a long of time following its renovation or restoration, unless the nature of the object requires restricted access.
    • The (hopefully inspiring) manner in which the organisation will seek to attract and retain the right audience. This latter criterion will be assessed on the basis of the presentation plan.

    Final assessment
    Applicants are only eligible for a Cultural Heritage Preservation Grant if the competent advisory committee issues a positive recommendation regarding the above criteria.
    Such a positive recommendation may come with a recommendation on the sum to be awarded as a grant.
    For budgetary reasons, 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.

  • Apply

    Applications for Cultural Heritage Preservation Grants 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 Cultural Heritage Preservation Grants 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.

  • Contact

    For assistance or questions, please contact ms. Lotte Hemelrijk [+31 (0)20 523 16 64], or call the general phone number:  +31 (0)20 523 15 23.

  • Checklist

    Currently the checklist is only available in Dutch.