Artist Start

Are you at the beginning of your career as a visual artist and do you have plans for new work? If so, you may be eligible for an Artist Start grant from the Mondriaan Fund.

For whom

For visual artists who have been working professionally for at least 1 and no more than 4 years.

For what

For the development of work and art practice.

How much

€ 22,000 for 12 months.


Please check this list before starting your application.

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The Mondriaan Fund offers Artist Start grants to stimulate the artistic development and cultural entrepreneurship of promising artists at the start of their careers, 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.

For whom

Artist Start grants are for visual artists who have been working professionally for at least 1 and no more than 4 years.

Artists who have been working for 4 years or more can apply for an Artist Basic grant.

Artists who have been working for 4 years or more can apply for an Artist Basic grant.

For what

You can use this grant to develop your art practice. That can include making work, research, experimentation, the purchase of materials and equipment, and so on. Or it could be used for working on a commission or participating in exhibitions or events at home or abroad.

How much

€ 22,000 for 12 months.


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 Start (in Dutch).

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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 Start 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 unfortunately not always possible to award grants to all those whose applications receive positive advisories from the committee. The board of the Mondriaan Fund therefore asks the committee to weigh up the approved applications in relation to 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.

What happens with my application?


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. Your attachments should be uploaded as PDFs. Please note: make sure that your documents meet the stated conditions. Otherwise, we will unfortunately not be able to process your request. Do not exceed the number of pages where a maximum is indicated.

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The Mondriaan Fund offers more opportunities

If you receive an Artist Start grant, the Mondriaan Fund offers you even more opportunities to develop your art career.

Questions & contact

If you have a question please reach out to a contact person of this grant.

Or call to 020 523 15 23 or send an e-mail to vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay

Carmen Muskee

Joyce Poot

Sreymom Korng