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 every 2 years, during an application round announced on the website. The deadline for an application in 2023 is July 31. 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.
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.