This open call is directed at museums, heritage organisations and visual arts institutions in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten. The objective of this call is to provide a contribution to cultural heritage and visual arts organisations, enabling them to develop over the long-term. This call is part of a wider-ranging pilot project that aims to map out Caribbean visual arts and cultural heritage practices, in order to ensure our funding policy for applicants in this region is as inclusive as possible.
The funding may be used for projects involving collections, exchange of knowledge, substantive programmes and presentations open to the public. For example: exhibitions, reassessing collections, special (inter-island) partnerships between cultural heritage and visual arts institutions, and/or research. This call also accepts funding applications for organisational development. Organisations can use the funding to explore how and in what way they might realise plans, to investigate current major developments in the visual arts and cultural heritage sector, to identify who else in this sector is focusing on similar topics, and what characterises (future) participants/visitors. Moreover, it also allows recipients to explore the financial viability of their plans.
The Mondriaan Fund is able to grant a fixed amount of €5,000, €10,000 or €20,000. The Mondriaan Fund awards a maximum of 90% of a project’s total costs. The total budget available for this open call is €250,000.
How and when to apply
There are 2 ways to apply for a grant:
- Submit a written application through the application system. This application consists of a factual description of the organisation, the plan and the budget.
- Submit a written application through the application system and subsequently provide additional verbal information in a meeting with the committee as part of the application procedure. In this case, the application consists of a factual description of the organisation, a very brief summary of the project plan and a budget overview. The meeting with the committee will take place online and will last no longer than 20 minutes.
When the applicant fills in the application form, they can indicate whether they prefer the option of a completely written application or the option of including a verbal presentation of the project plan.
Applications can be submitted until 16 May 2022 before 5 PM timezone the Netherlands (CET)/ 11 AM timezone Caribbean (AST). In order to submit an application, you must create an account on the website. This only applies if you haven’t done this previously. Following the submissions deadline, applications will take three months to process. The Mondriaan Fund does not award grants retroactively. For this reason, you should submit your application well in advance of the intended starting date of your project. The advisory committee will advise the Mondriaan Fund management about whether or not to award the grant.
- Applicants must submit applications through the application system. Applicants can choose to apply in Dutch or English. Depending on this choice, the system will open either the Dutch or the English version of the application form.
- On the application form (Dutch or English), the applicant can select their preferred method of submission: all in writing (including a written description of the plan) or a hybrid form consisting of a brief written description combined with a verbal presentation of the plan to the advisory committee during an online meeting.
- Applications must be submitted before 16 May 2022 before 5 PM timezone the Netherlands (CET)/ 11 AM timezone Caribbean (AST).
- After an application has been submitted, the so-called fund agency will check whether the application is complete. If the application is not complete, someone from the fund agency will contact the applicant. The applicant will then have 5 business days to ensure the application is complete. If the application is still incomplete after this period, we will unfortunately be unable to consider it.
- If the application is complete, the applicant will receive confirmation by email of the submission.
The advisory committee will advise the Mondriaan Fund management about whether or not to award the grant. The management’s decision will be sent to the applicant within three months after the submissions deadline.
This open call is intended for museums, cultural heritage organisations and visual arts institutions in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten.
- Organisations must have as their core activity the development of presentations accessible to the public and/or activity programmes that focus on contributing to the visibility of visual arts and cultural heritage, while not having profit as their primary objective.
- Institutes for creative arts education and post-academic institutions, commercial institutions focussed on sales or sector institutions that do not have a museal function, are not eligible to apply.
- Applications intended to support the construction or establishment of museums, restorations, archaeological excavations, the purchase of objects or partial collections, the digitalisation of collections, or for regular operational expenses and permanent operations are not allowed.
- Cultural institutions in the Caribbean territories of the Kingdom endorse the Fair Practice Code, de Governance Code Cultuur and the Code Diversity & Inclusion.
All submitted applications will be presented to the advisory committee responsible for granting funding in the context of this Caribbean Art Heritage open call.
A grant can only be awarded if the advisory committee approves an application. The management of the Mondriaan Fund may ask the advisory committee to make a selection from the approved applications. This selection will be based on the diversity of projects, their regional distribution and a balanced variety of project types. The management may also decide to grant a lower amount than the amount requested, depending on the available budget.
In order to process your application, the Mondriaan Fund needs specific information that you can fill in on the application form, plus copies of documents you can upload. You may provide the necessary information in Dutch or in English. The application form is available in Dutch and in English.
Tip: collect all the information before you start filling in the online application form. Please upload the required documents in .pdf format. Important: do not exceed the number of pages where a maximum is indicated.