The grant for Acquisition Programs is intended for publicly accessible museums that wish to make structural purchases of art and/or design created after 1945, based on their collection programs and acquisitions plans.
The aim is to increase the quality, coherence and visibility of the Netherlands Art Collection (Collectie Nederland).
The grant amount may be used to fund major acquisitions that fit into the collection plan of the museum and are displayed to the public on a permanent or semi-permanent basis. Alternatively, museums may use the grant to, commission a visual artist to create one or more works of art for the collection, as part of their acquisition plans. In either case, the acquisition must fit into the museum’s collection plan and be important to the Netherlands.
The amount of the contribution is determined per application. The grant is intended to cover a 2 year period.
Applications for this grant can be submitted two times a year, during an application round announced on the website. The deadline for an application was 9 August 2021. Applications for a grant for Acquisition Programs 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.
- Grant applications may be submitted by publicly accessible Dutch institutions which are listed with the Museums Register and which manage a substantial collection of contemporary visual art and/or design of national or international significance. Such institutions are also allowed to submit joint applications, or to apply for a grant in association with a visual artist.
- The institution must have a permanent budget of at least €50,000 per year for the acquisition of contemporary visual art and/or design. This budget may be funded by public or privat means. At least 50% of the budget must be spent on Dutch visual artists and/or designers, or on visual artists and/or designers who have been assimilated into the Dutch art scene.
- The institution must be willing to loan its objects to Dutch institutions and acts in accordance with the Basic Principles for Smarter Loan Transactions in the Netherlands. This means that Dutch museums will not be charged expenses for loaning works of art and that direct costs such as transport, insurance and packaging expenses (handling fee) will be minimised.
- The acquisitions will remain part of the Dutch National Cultural Heritage Collection for a long time and their ownership will not be transferred without the Mondriaan Fund’s authorisation. In the event that the institution chooses to dispose of its objects, this must be done in accordance with the Guideline for the Disposal of Museum Objects.
- The preservation of the acquired objects is guaranteed by means of proper constructional provisions, climate control and security measures.
- Privately owned museums are not eligible for this grant. Nor are art schools and post-academic institutions.
- The grant for Acquisition Programs cannot be used for acquisitions which have already received financial support from the government, or for acquisitions which institutions can be reasonably expected to fund from their regular budgets.
- The acquisition will be displayed to the public at once or as soon as possible.
- All cultural institutions subscribe to the Fair Practice Code, the Culture Governance Code and the Diversity & Inclusion Code.
All applications which satisfy all the formal requirements and which come with all the requested enclosures will be presented to a committee which will issue a recommendation on the award of the grant for Acquisition Programs.
Generally speaking, grant applications are more likely to be successful if they are submitted by 2 or more parties. One of the aspects which will be assessed is whether such collaborative efforts will create added value for the plan.
An Acquisition Programs grant can only be awarded if the committee advises to that effect. In addition, the advisory committee can make recommendations concerning the amount of the financial stipend and the period for which this is valid.
Due to our limited budget, it is not 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 always awarded a grant.
- An explanation of the institution’s acquisition policy and how this relates to its acquisition plans.
- An explanation of why the institution’s collection and acquisition plans are important and how they are relevant to the Dutch National Cultural Heritage Collection and to the institution’s own collection.
- A presentation plan explaining how the institution intends to attract and retain the right audience in an inspiring manner.
- An insight into the institution’s annual acquisition budget.
- An explanation of why the institution is collaborating with a partner institution, where applicable. If an artist is to be commissioned to create a work of art, the applicant is required to provide a budget including a realistic wage for the artist and to explain how this wage conforms with the Wage Guideline.
- The significance of the acquisition to the Dutch National Cultural Heritage Collection: do the institution’s plans complement the major collections of other Dutch institutions?
- The significance and quality of the applicant’s collection and acquisition plans.
- The significance and reputation of the institution applying for the grant.
- The quality of the presentation plan and its profile, particularly with regard to the (hopefully inspiring) manner in which the institution seeks to attract and retain the right audience.
- The institution’s opinion on the quality of the work of the artist involved, the artist’s plans and cultural entrepreneurship, on the basis of the criteria outlined in the General Terms and Conditions, where applicable.
- The applicant’s own share of the purchasing price must be in acceptable proportion to the grant awarded by the Fund. The budget must include a realistic wage for the artist, to be paid by the applicant. In this respect, the applicant must comply with the Wage Guideline. In order to encourage compliance with the Artists’ Wage Guideline, the Mondriaan Fund has drawn up regulations governing the partial reimbursement of costs incurred by institutions which comply with the Guideline.
- The artist must have been a professional visual artist for at least 1 year and be registerd as such with the Kamer van Koophandel, or have had at least 3 years of higher art education and have been working as a professional visual artist for at least 1 year or hav been working as a professional visual artist for at least 3 years since then.
- The artist must be creatively active in the visual arts and must play an active part in the Dutch professional visual arts community.
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.
A recent (not older than 1 year) registration of your organization with the Chamber of Commerce
Information on the organisation (max. 3 pages)
This should include a description of activities of the platform over the past three years, with your mission, target groups, cooperative partnerships, audience reach and how your normally respond to loan requests.
Explanation of collection and acquisition policy (max. 30 pages)
An explanation of the organisation’s policy, in conjunction with the acquisition plans and ambitions. This should contain an explanation of the importance of the collection and acquisition plans, and their relevance to the organisation’s collection and to the Dutch National Cultural Heritage Collection. This explanation should also contain the motivation of your museum’s profile compared to other museums for modern art in the Netherlands.
Presentation plan (max. 5 pages)
With a description of how the collection will be presented as soon as possible and a description of how you intend to attract and bind a relevant audience to the collection.
The approved annual report of the previous calendar year
The annual acquisition budget with a financing plan (max. 2 pages)
Please state which financer(s) supply the organisation with the required annual acquisition budget of €50,000, and which other means for acquisition are at the disposal of the organisation.
All cultural organizations in the Netherlands subscribe to the Dutch Fair Practice Code, 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 guideline for artists’ fees.
By commissioning an artist:
Commission plan (max. 2 pages)
Describe the commission of art work in a plan.
Curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages per artist)
Include a curriculum vitae for each artist with the most important information about their professional practice, notably over the last 1 to 4 years, including exhibitions (indicate solo or group), events, commissions, awards and publications, indicating the year for each. Also mention associated activities, such as teaching, advisory or jury functions. Include all the CVs in a single PDF document.
Explanation of the work (1 page maximum per artist)
Explain the work and the professional practice of the artist or artists, based on the principles underlying its content and starting points. Mention any possible collaborative connections.
Statement from the participating artist or artists
This must include permission for the application, including mention that the artist is aware of and in agreement with the financial structure of the commission.
Create a single PDF including visual documentation of work from the last 1 to 4 years, in no more than 20 digital images (total maximum of 100 MB). It is important here that the documentation is representative of the work and relevant to the application. Ensure that the materials used are well distinguished. You can also upload sound, video or film fragments. In that case, the total size and duration of the submitted documentation, including both the visual presentation and separate fragments, can be no more than 300 MB and no more than 15 minutes in duration. 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.)
Collaboration with museums (max. 2 pages)
If the application concerns a collaboration with a museum or several museums, a description of the activities of the relevant institution(s) in the past 3 years.
Statement from the participating Dutch museums
With permission to submit the application.
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. If your account number has changed or if it is new to the Mondriaan Fund, upload a bank statement which clearly includes your name and IBAN (International Bank Account Number).