Artist Basic grants are for visual artists, to help them make new work and further development of their professional practice.
The Mondriaan Fund offers Artist Basic grants to stimulate the development of visual artists’ oeuvres, their cultural entrepreneurship and their visibility, supporting the creation of work that can make a valuable contribution to contemporary visual art in the Netherlands and/or the Caribbean part of the Kingdom.
You can use this grant to create work. That can include research, experimentation, or the purchase of new materials or equipment. Or it can help with the execution of a commission and/or participation in exhibitions or events in the Netherlands or abroad.
€ 44,000. This amount will be paid in segments over no less than 2 and no more than 4 years.
Applications can be submitted at any time of the year, using the Mondriaan Fund’s online application system. You must first apply for an account in order to submit your application. Once your application is complete, please allow for a processing period of 3 months from the moment your application has been submitted in full. Grants cannot be awarded retroactively. However, due to the many applications to the fund, the processing time can take longer than expected.
The following is based on the deelregeling Kunstenaar Basis (in Dutch).
The Mondriaan Fund advises you to travel in a safe and responsibly manner. We advise you not to travel if the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues a negative travel advice (color code orange/red) for the country concerned. The Mondriaan Fund is not liable and cannot contribute to additional costs resulting from Covid 19-related circumstances (such as long stay or medical expenses). If your work plan changes due to circumstances, please notify us as soon as possible.
The Mondriaan Fund staff check the submitted applications and attachments to ensure that they are complete. Once an application is complete, it is submitted to the committee that advises on awarding Artist Basic grants.
When the committee approves the quality of the work and your artistic practice, it also assesses your working plan and ways in which you, as an artist, try to find an audience for your work.
Due to our limited budget, it is not always 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 weigh up 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 not 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 can 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. The attachments can be uploaded as PDFs. Important: wherever a maximum number of pages is given, do not exceed that number of pages! Additional pages will be ignored.
Artists who are recipients of Mondriaan Fund grants qualify for pre-approved, interest-free loans from Fonds Kwadraat. This could, for example, cover the purchase of materials or equipment.