Art Platform Programme 2023

Are you a contemporary visual arts organisation without a collection, with the presentation of visual arts as your core activity? Do you have plans for a publicly accessible art venue programme? Whether your plans are experimental or otherwise, whether they aim at a broad or indeed a specific audience, you may be eligible for an Art Platform Programme Grant.

Note: In case of divergence between the language versions, the Dutch version shall prevail.

Art Platform Start

For small organisations and collectives in the field of contemporary visual arts.

Art Platform Programme Basic

For professional contemporary visual arts organisations with a relevant artistic and substantive programme for a professional audience and aim to broaden the audience.

Art Platform Pro

For professional contemporary art organisations that have presented a regular artistic and substantive programme, complemented by activities that support that programme for a diverse audience of professionally and otherwise interested parties.

Art Platform Broad

For institutes ranging from the local to the international level with a fully-fledged professional organisation, which seek support for a regular annual programme of presentations, complemented with an extensive programme of activities.

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For those art platforms hoping to qualify for this grant, presenting contemporary visual arts must be a core activity.

With the Art Platform Programme grant, the Mondriaan Fund provides support to art venues whose programming contributes to the high qualitative standards and pluriform range of visual arts in the Netherlands, and to reaching and expanding its audiences. Small arts initiatives, collectives and visual arts organisations with 1 to 4 year programmes may apply. All sorts of applications are welcome. Indeed, diversity among the recipients of the grant is of great importance. Collectively, a varied range ensures a fully-fledged visual arts field in the Netherlands, as well as a diverse audience.

For those art platforms hoping to qualify for this grant, presenting contemporary visual arts must be a core activity. A planned programme to that effect is essential.

The Art Platform Programme grant applies to 4 categories of art venues. Together, they ensure a broad range of contemporary visual art in the Netherlands. Before you apply, please carefully consider which of the 4 categories best suits your practice and your plans.

For whom and for what / the categories:

START – For small organisations and collectives in the field of contemporary visual arts.

Do you have plans for a series of visual arts presentations in the coming year, perhaps including associated activities? If so, Start is your category. The grant amount is € 25,000 for a single calendar year. A minimum of 10% of the total budget must be covered by financial contributions from third parties and/or your own earnings towards your organisation’s structural operating costs.

All applicants for grants in the Start category need to endorse the Fair Practice Codethe Governance Code for Culture and the Code for Diversity & Inclusion. Each category has its own requirements concerning the codes. For an Art Platform Programme grant in the Start category, applicant organisations must endorse the codes.

BASIC – For professional contemporary visual arts organisations with a relevant, annual artistic programme for a professionally allied audience and intentions for expanding that audience.

Do you have plans for an annual programme that will provide a venue for 2 years of presentations and activities that contribute to the total range of visual arts in the Netherlands in an interesting way? Have you already presented such programming for at least 2 years and have you been able to find people in the field with demonstrable consistency? Are you seeking audiences that extend beyond the professionally associated visual arts audience? If so, you may qualify for a Basic grant. The grant amount is €110,000 per year for 2 calendar years. At least 30% of the total budget must be covered by financial contributions from third parties and/or your own income for the structural operation of your organisation.

All applicant organisations must have a foundation for policy that endorses the Fair Practice Codethe Governance Code for Culture and the Code for Diversity & Inclusion. Each category has its own requirements. Applicants for Basic grants are asked to reflect on the codes and identify areas for improvement: what do you hope to achieve in this respect and how do you hope to get to that point?

PRO – For professional contemporary visual arts organisations with a regular, pertinent and substantive artistic programme, complemented with activities to support that programme for a diverse audience of professionals and interested parties.

Do you have a regular annual programme of presentations and activities and, in addition to what you regularly offer, do you want to develop new ideas in order to bring diverse target groups to your organisation and your programming? Does your existing practice inspire confidence that your organisation is able to achieve these goals? The Pro category could give you that opportunity. The grant amount is €175,000 per year for 3 calendar years. At least 50% of the total budget must be covered by financial contributions from third parties and/or the venue’s own earnings or income towards structural running costs.

All applicants in the Pro category must consider and reflect upon the Fair Practice Codethe Governance Code for Culture and the Code for Diversity & Inclusion. Each grant category has its own requirements. The Art Platform Pro category requires a significant, actively implemented policy vision that endorses and reflects the codes. Include factors that can be improved upon and formulate a step-by-step plan to achieve that improvement.

BROAD – For institutes spanning the local to the international level, with fully-fledged professional organisations, which seek support for a pertinent, regular annual programme of presentations, complemented with an extensive programme of activities.

Do you have well-considered artistic programming with a high degree of production excellence? Is this a regular, annual programme of presentations and activities? Does your hospitality policy aim towards reaching a broad audience and are your public facilities advantageous for the reception and care of large audiences? Do you have a unique and ambitious plan that extends beyond your regular offerings and regular role and with which you can attract and maintain an audience that reaches well beyond the professional visual arts field? Do you moreover have a clear and convincing vision of marketing and communication and a convincing approach to informing, expanding and educating your audience? If so, you may qualify for the category Broad.

The subsidy amount is €275,000 per year for 4 calendar years. At least 50% of the total budget must be covered by financial contributions from third parties and/or the venue’s own earnings or income towards structural operation costs.

All applicants for support in the Broad category must consider and reflect on the Fair Practice Codethe Governance Code for Culture and the Code for Diversity & Inclusion. Each category has its own requirements. The Art Platform Broad category requires that organisations endorse the codes, actively implement a policy vision that sets an example, reflect on the codes and identify where improvements can be made, as well as identifying goals and describing how these goals will be achieved and put into effect.

Which category?

In assessing the applications, the committee can consider whether or not the applicant has selected the appropriate category. As a result, an application can be rejected or approved in a different category. The committee may also be requested to consider the necessity of an application. If the applicant has received support in the past for a programme that is ongoing, the committee will be asked to take this into critical account.

All decisions and advisory texts regarding this grant will be published online.

How and when to apply?

Applications for Art Platform Programme grants and subsidies can be submitted once each year through the Mondriaan Fund’s online application system. In 2023, the deadline for the receipt of the applications is 5:00 PM on Monday, 27 March. You need to have an account with the Mondriaan Fund in order to submit an application. If you do not yet have an account, you can apply for one through the website. When applying, please remember that the application process takes 3,5 months following the deadline on March 27. Funds cannot be approved retroactively.

This grant is based on deelregeling Programma’s Kunstpodia (Dutch only).

Direct aanvragen

Art Platform Start

For small organisations and collectives in the field of contemporary visual arts.

Do you have plans for a series of presentations for the coming year, perhaps along with associated activities? If so, Start is your category.

The grant amount is €25,000 for a single calendar year. At least 10% of the total budget must be covered by financial contributions from third parties and/or your own earnings for the structural operation of the organisation.

The Art Platform Programme grant applies to 4 categories of art venues. Read below the explanation of category Start.

For whom

For small organisations and collectives in the field of contemporary visual arts.

For what

The grant is intended for plans for a number of presentations during the course of a single year, possibly also with associated activities.

How much

€25,000 for a single calendar year.
No more than 12 Art Platform Start grants will be awarded for the year 2024.

Terms and conditions for a Start grant

  • Applicants must endorse the Fair Practice Codethe Governance Code for Culture and the Code for Diversity & Inclusion.
  • Institutions for higher art education and organisations that are directly supported by the Dutch government (through the Basisinfrastructuur, Rijkscultuurfondsen, or sector and umbrella institutes) may not apply.
  • At least 10% of the total budget must be covered by financial contributions from third parties and/or the organisations own earnings towards structural running costs.
General terms and conditions

Assessing Start applications

All applications and the relevant attachments are first checked to ensure they are complete and tested against the formal conditions by Mondriaan Fund staff. If so, the application is then submitted to the committee that advises on awarding Art Platform Start grants.

An Art Platform Start grant can only be awarded if the committee advises to that effect.

If the applicant has already been awarded a grant in previous years, the committee will be asked to take this critical consideration into account.

Because the total amount available is limited, it may unfortunately not be possible for all positive advisories to be honoured. If this is the case, the Board of Directors of the Mondriaan Fund will ask the advisory committee to consider the applications against one another and indicate an order of priority. This means that it is possible that an application receives a positive advisory, but unfortunately does not receive financial support.

All assessments and advisory texts will be published online following the decisions.

What happens to my application?

Art Platform Start Checklist

Carefully run through the following list before you begin filling in your application. In order to process your application, the Mondriaan Fund needs information, both in the form of information filled in on the application form and PDF documents that need to be uploaded. Below is a checklist that follows the same order as the application form.

Tip: collect all your information before you start filling out the online application form. Your attachments* should be uploaded as PDFs.

*NB: conditions appendix:

  • The stated number of pages includes any images, table of contents, front and back cover.
  • Do not put more than 1 page on one sheet in the PDF.
  • The format of the document is portrait, not landscape.
  • Use a minimum font of 10.

NB: Wherever a maximum number of pages is given, do not exceed that number of pages! Additional pages will be disregarded.

Questions about Art Platform Start?
If something is unclear to you, you can reach out to the contact persons of category Start: Douke IJsselstein, Minouche Wardenaar, Philip Romer of bel 020 523 15 23 of mail naar vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay.

Art Platform Programme Basic

For professional contemporary visual arts organisations with a relevant artistic and substantive programme.

Have you been programming your events for at least 2 years and are you able to consistently attract people in the field for these events? Do you have plans for the upcoming 2 years with interesting ways of offering venues for presentations and activities that contribute to the total range of visual arts in the Netherlands? Do you strive to achieve greater audiences for these professional-level plans? If so, you may qualify for support in the Art Platform Basic category.

An Art Platform Basic grant comprises an amount of €110,000 per year for 2 calendar years. At least 30% of the total budget must be covered by financial contributions from third parties and/or your own earnings for the structural operation of the organisation.

The Art Platform Programme grant applies to 4 categories of art venues. Read below the explanation of category Basic.

For whom

Basic grants are for professional contemporary visual arts organisations that have had a relevant artistic and substantive programme for at least 2 years, attracting audiences comprised primarily of people professionally involved in the visual arts, and that also have plans to expand their audiences beyond that professional audience.

For what

The grant is intended for a programme that for the next 2 years shows an interesting way of offering a platform to presentations and activities that add to the total range of visual arts in the Netherlands.

How much

An Art Platform Basic grant comprises €110,000 per year for 2 calendar years.
No more than 8 Art Platform Basic grants will be awarded for the 2024-2025 period.

Terms and conditions for Basic grants

  • Applicants endorse the Fair Practice Codethe Governance Code for Culture and the Code for Diversity & Inclusion. You must be able to reflect on the position your organisation holds in relation to the codes and how they provide a basis for your policies.
  • Institutes for higher art education that are directly financed by government (via the Basisinfrastructuur, Rijkscultuurfondsen, or sector and umbrella institutes) may not apply.
  • At least 30% of the budget must be covered by financial contributions from third parties and/or your own earnings for the structural operation of the organisation.
General terms and conditions

Assessment Basic applications

All applications and the relevant attachments are first checked to ensure they are complete and tested against the formal conditions by Mondriaan Fund staff. When they are approved, the application is presented to the committee that advises on awarding Art Platform Basic grants.

An Art Platform Basic grant can only be awarded if the committee advises to that effect.

In making its assessment, the committee can consider whether the applicant organisation has attributed itself to the correct category. Depending on that assessment, an application can be rejected or awarded in a different category.

The committee can be requested to consider the necessity of an application. If an applicant has received support in previous years for a programme that is ongoing, the committee will be requested to take this into critical consideration.

Because overall funds are limited, we are not always able to honour all positive advisories. In that case, the Board of Directors of the Mondriaan Fund will request that the advisory committee compare the positive advisories and indicate which have greatest priority. Here, the pluriformity of the total group of venues to receive grants is considered, in order to ensure a representative and multifaceted range of contemporary visual arts in the Netherlands. This means that it can happen that an application receives a positive advisory, but the grant can unfortunately not be awarded.

All assessments and advisory texts will be published online following the decisions.

What happens with my application?

Art Platform Basic Checklist

Carefully run through the following list before you begin filling in your application. In order to process your application, the Mondriaan Fund needs information, both in the form of information filled in on the application form and PDF documents that need to be uploaded. Below is a checklist that follows the same order as the application form.

Tip: collect all your information before you start filling out the online application form. Your attachments* should be uploaded as PDFs.

*NB: conditions appendix:

  • The stated number of pages includes any images, table of contents, front and back cover.
  • Do not put more than 1 page on one sheet in the PDF.
  • The format of the document is portrait, not landscape.
  • Use a minimum font of 10.

Please note: there is a maximum number of pages for the attachments with reviews and articles, however the conditions above are taken less strictly because this depends on the form in which the publication is published.

NB: Wherever a maximum number of pages is given, do not exceed that number of pages! Additional pages will be disregarded.

Questions about Art Platform Basic?
In case anything is unclear to you, you can get in touch with the contact persons of category Basic: Bonnie DumanawCarmen Muskee or call 020 523 15 23 or send an e-mail to vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay.

Art Platform Pro

Art Platform Pro grants are for professional contemporary art organisations that have presented a regular artistic and substantive programme for at least 2 years, complemented by activities that support that programme for a diverse audience of professionally and otherwise interested parties.

Do you have a regular, annual programme of presentations and activities, and are you moreover able to develop ideas in order to attract and win the allegiance of different target groups to your programming and your organisation? Do you furthermore have an existing practice that inspires confidence that your organisation can realise these plans? A Pro grant offers possibilities.

The Pro category includes a subsidy of €175,000 per year for 3  calendar years. A minimum of 50% of your budget must be covered by financial contributions from third parties and/or your own earnings for the structural operation of your organisation.

The Art Platform Programme grant applies to 4 categories of art venues. Read below the explanation of category Pro.

For whom

Professional contemporary visual arts organisations that have maintained a regular artistic, substantive programme for at least 2 years, complemented by activities for a diverse public of professionals and interested parties, and that also, in addition to the regular programming, moreover develop ideas to attract and win the allegiance of different target groups to the organisation and the programming.

For what

An Art Platform Programme Pro grant is for a substantive artistic programme for contemporary visual arts, complemented with activities that support the programme and draw audiences extending beyond the professionally allied audience.

How much

€175,000 per year for 3 calendar years
A maximum of 5 Pro grants will be awarded for the years 2024-2026.

Terms and conditions for Art Platform Pro grants

  • Applicants have an extensive and actively implemented policy vision in terms of the Fair Practice Codethe Governance Code for Culture and the Code for Diversity & Inclusion. You must be able to reflect upon the position of your organisation in relation to the codes and include a step-by-step plan in which you sketch points for improvement in your own performance in regards to the codes.
  • Institutes for higher art education and organisations that are directly financed by government (via the Basisinfrastructuur, Rijkscultuurfondsen, or sector and umbrella institutes) may not apply.
  • At least 50% of the budget must be covered by financial contributions from third parties and/or your own earnings for the structural operation of the organisation.
General terms and conditions

Assessing Art Platform Pro applications

An Art Platform Pro grant can only be awarded if the advisory committee advises to that effect.

In its assessment, the committee can consider whether the applicant organisation has selected the correct category. Depending on that assessment, an application can be rejected or approved within the same or a different category.

The committee may be asked to weigh the necessity of an application. If an applicant has already received support for a programme that is still ongoing, the committee will be requested to take that into critical consideration.

To help assess compliance with the codes, for the Pro and Broad grant categories, an external agency will provide an analysis of the Fair Practice Code, the Governance Code for Culture and the Code for Diversity & Inclusion. This agency will provide preliminary advice based on that analysis. For applications for Pro and Broad grants, the preliminary advisories of the external agency will be used in assessing the 3 codes.

Because the total budget is limited, it is unfortunately not always possible to honour all positive advisories. If this is the case, the Board of Directors of the Mondriaan Fund will ask the committee to compare the approved applications and indicate which have greater priority. In doing so, they will weigh the pluriformity of the of the entire group of art platforms being awarded support in order to ensure a representative and multifaceted range of contemporary visual arts in the Netherlands. This means that it can happen that an application is approved but that the organisation unfortunately does not receive a grant.

All assessments and advisory texts will be published online following the decisions.

All applications and the relevant attachments are first checked to ensure they are complete and tested against the formal conditions by Mondriaan Fund staff. If so, the application is then submitted to the committee that advises on awarding Art Platform Pro grants.

Art Platform Pro Checklist

Carefully run through the following list before you begin filling in your application. In order to process your application, the Mondriaan Fund needs information, both in the form of information filled in on the application form and PDF documents that need to be uploaded. Below is a checklist that follows the same order as the application form.

Tip: collect all your information before you start filling out the online application form. Your attachments* should be uploaded as PDFs.

*NB: conditions appendix:

  • The stated number of pages includes any images, table of contents, front and back cover.
  • Do not put more than 1 page on one sheet in the PDF.
  • The format of the document is portrait, not landscape.
  • Use a minimum font of 10.

Please note: there is a maximum number of pages for the attachments with reviews and articles, however the conditions above are taken less strictly because this depends on the form in which the publication is published.

NB: Wherever a maximum number of pages is given, do not exceed that number of pages! Additional pages will be disregarded.

Questions about Art Platform Pro?

If something is still unclear to you, please get in touch with the contact persons of category Pro: Bonnie DumanawCarmen Muskee or call 020 523 15 23 or send an e-mail to vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay.

Art Platform Broad

Art Platform Broad grants are for institutes ranging from the local to the international level with a fully-fledged professional organisation, which seek support for a regular annual programme of presentations, complemented with an extensive programme of activities.

Do you have a well-considered artistic, substantive programme of high production quality standards? Is it a regular annual programme with presentations and associated activities? Is your hospitality policy aimed at a broad public and are your public facilities sufficient to receive and care for large audiences?

Do you have a unique and ambitious plan with which you reach beyond your regular programming and role in order to attract and win the allegiance of a public that transcends the related professional visual arts audience? Do you moreover have a clear and convincing vision of marketing and communications and a convincing financial commitment directed towards public information, audience expansion and cultural education? In that case, your organisation could be eligible for support in the Broad category.

A Broad category subsidy concerns a contribution of €275,000 per year for 4 calendar years. At least 50% of the budget must be covered by financial contributions from third parties and/or your own earnings towards the structural operation of the organisation.

The Art Platform Programme grant applies to 4 categories of art venues. Read below the explanation of category Broad.

For whom

For institutes extending from the local to the international level with a fully-fledged professional organisation which, with a significantly higher budget than is available in the Pro category, wants to achieve ambitious plans for expanding audiences beyond the relevant professional audience or the audience whose allegiance you have already attracted.

For what

This amount is intended for ambitious artistic and substantive programming, with which you reach beyond the regular offerings and transcend your regular role in order to win the allegiance of a public extending beyond the professional visual arts audiences.

How much

The amount is €275,000 per year for 4 calendar years.
Only 1 Art Platform Broad grant will be awarded for the period 2024-2027.

Terms and conditions for Art Platform Broad grants

  • The art platform will use the extra 100,000 euros to come up with a convincing strategy for significant audience expansion. Reaching an audience that has not yet been initiated into the visual arts is an important part of this strategy.
  • The business operations are/will be organised and equipped in such a way that the use of the extra 100,000 euros will lead to a significant and demonstrable broadening of the public reach in the next 4 years.
  • To apply, organisations must have an actively implemented policy vision that sets an example in regards to the Fair Practice Codethe Governance Code for Culture and the Code for Diversity & Inclusion. You must be able to reflect upon the position of your art venue in relation to the codes, identify areas for improvement, set goals and describe how you will achieve and express those goals.
  • Applicant organisations do not only exhibit the work of artists, but regularly contribute to the development and production of new work.
  • Institutes for higher art education and organisations that are directly financed by government (via the Basisinfrastructuur, Rijkscultuurfondsen, or sector and umbrella institutes) may not apply.
  • At least 50% of the budget must be covered by financial contributions from third parties and/or your own earnings for the structural operation of the organisation.
General terms and conditions

Assessing Art Platform Broad applications

In its assessment, the committee can consider whether the applicant has selected the correct category for their organisation. Depending on that assessment, an application can be rejected or approved within a different category.

The committee may be asked to weigh the necessity of an application. If an applicant has already received support for a programme that is still ongoing, the committee will be requested to take that into critical consideration.

To help assess compliance with the codes, for the Pro and Broad grant categories, an external agency will provide an analysis of the Fair Practice Code, the Governance Code for Culture and the Code for Diversity & Inclusion. This agency will provide preliminary advice based on that analysis. For applications for Pro and Broad grants, the preliminary advisories of the external agency will be used in assessing the 3 codes.

Because the available funds are limited, it is unfortunately not always possible to honour all positive advisories. If this is the case, the Board of Directors of the Mondriaan Fund asks the committee to compare the approved applications and indicate which have greater priority. In doing so, they will weigh the pluriformity of the entire group of art venues being awarded support in order to ensure a representative and multifaceted range of contemporary visual arts in the Netherlands. This means that it can happen that an application is approved, but the organisation unfortunately does not receive a grant.

All assessments and advisory texts will be published online following the decisions.

All applications and the relevant attachments are first checked to ensure they are complete and tested against the formal conditions by Mondriaan Fund staff. If so, the application is then submitted to the committee that advises on awarding Art Platform Broad grants.

Art Platform Broad Checklist

Carefully run through the following list before you begin filling in your application. In order to process your application, the Mondriaan Fund needs information, both in the form of information filled in on the application form and PDF documents that need to be uploaded. Below is a checklist that follows the same order as the application form.

Tip: collect all your information before you start filling out the online application form. Your attachments* should be uploaded as PDFs.

*NB: conditions appendix:

  • The stated number of pages includes any images, table of contents, front and back cover.
  • Do not put more than 1 page on one sheet in the PDF.
  • The format of the document is portrait, not landscape.
  • Use a minimum font of 10.

Please note: there is a maximum number of pages for the attachments with reviews and articles, however the conditions above are taken less strictly because this depends on the form in which the publication is published.

NB: Wherever a maximum number of pages is given, do not exceed that number of pages! Additional pages will be disregarded.

Questions about Art Platform Broad?
If anything is still unclear to you, please get in touch with the contact persons of category Broad: Bonnie DumanawCarmen Muskee, or call 020 523 15 23 or send an e-mail to vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay.

Vragen & contact

Als iets niet helemaal duidelijk is, kun je contact met ons opnemen. Hiernaast vind je de contactpersonen van deze regeling.

Of bel 020 523 15 23 of mail naar vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay

Bonnie Dumanaw

Carmen Muskee

Douke IJsselstein

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