Caribbean Art Heritage

Are you affiliated with a museum, cultural heritage or visual arts related organisation in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius or Sint Maarten? Does your organisation contribute to the visibility of the visual arts and/or heritage on the islands? For example, through public presentations, reassessment of collections or multifaceted activity programmes? Or does your organisation have good ideas about the sustainable exchange of knowledge, research, partnerships or professionalising the arts and culture sector? Then you might be eligible to make use of the Caribbean Art Heritage Open Call.

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

For whom

Museums, heritage organisations and visual arts institutions in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten.

For what

For projects involving collections, exchange of knowledge, substantive programmes and presentations open to the public or for organisational development.

For what

For projects involving collections, exchange of knowledge, substantive programmes and presentations open to the public or for organisational development.

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For whom

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.

For what

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.

How much

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:

  1. Submit a written application through the application system. This application consists of a factual description of the organisation, the plan and the budget.
  2. 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.

Procedure

  • 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.

  • The written application is presented to the advisory committee, which assesses the application according to the stated criteria.
  • After receiving confirmation that their application is complete,, applicants who indicate on their application form that they wish to verbally present their plan to the advisory committee, will receive an invitation for an online meeting. These online meetings will be held between 27 June – 1 July 2022.
  • The applicant will be invited to present their plan and clarify it. This may be done either in Dutch or English. The meeting will last no longer than 20 minutes. The advisory committee may ask questions about the contents of the plan.
  • Following the meeting, the applicant will receive a brief report. The applicant will have one week to respond to the report after receiving it. The report will subsequently be added to the application.
  • The committee will then assess the application according to the stated criteria.

Conditions

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.

Assessment

All submitted applications will be presented to the advisory committee responsible for granting funding in the context of this Caribbean Art Heritage open call.

Decision
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.

What happens with my application?
  • A factual description of the organisation and a summary of its activities during the past 2 years.
  • The project plan and a justification of its contents that is either presented entirely in writing or partially in writing and partially presented verbally to the advisory committee during an online meeting. The project plan consists of a description of the project and (if applicable) a clarification of partnerships, public reach and presentation.
  • A general budget and a financial plan. Following the allocation of a grant, a specified budget and financial plan may be requested.
  • The quality and reputation of the applicant and the institution(s) involved in the plans and the importance of the institution(s) for contemporary visual arts and cultural heritage in the Kingdom’s Caribbean territories.
  • The artistic and cultural context. How exceptional the project is will be judged by comparing how the project relates to developments in the field, the professional area, and its relevance for its own locality.
  • The project’s added value for the visual arts and cultural heritage sector in the Kingdom’s Caribbean territories.
  • The way the institution appeals to and attracts the public (if applicable).
  • A partnership between two or more parties is an advantage.

Checklist

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.

Recent and up-to-date (max. 1 year old) proof of membership of the Chamber of Commerce

Description of the organisation (maximum 2 pages)
A brief description of the organisation and a summary of its activities during the past 2 years.

Endorsement of the codes
We expect organisations to have familiarised themselves with the Fair Practice Code, de Governance Code Cultuur and the Code Diversity & Inclusion and that they endorse these codes and apply them to the best of their abilities.

Brief summary of the project plan on the application form
Please provide a brief description of the project for which you are submitting an application.

Project plan and – if applicable – presentation plan (maximum 20 pages)
Including an explanation of the contents of the project and – if applicable – a description of the partnership(s), a clarification of how a relevant target audience will be reached and attracted to the project.

General budget and financial plan in euro’s
You can view more information on budget overviews for institutions here. You need to provide a total budget and financial plan of the entire project and not just the section for which you are requesting funding.

Recent and up-to-date (max. 1 year old) proof of membership of the Chamber of Commerce

Description of the organisation (maximum 2 pages)
A brief description of the organisation and a summary of its activities during the past 2 years.

Endorsement of the codes
We expect organisations to have familiarised themselves with the Fair Practice Code, de Governance Code Cultuur and the Code Diversity & Inclusion and that they endorse these codes and apply them to the best of their abilities.

Brief summary of the plan on the application form
Provide a brief description of the project you are applying for.

General budget and financial plan in euros
You can view more information on budget overviews for institutions here. You need to provide a total budget and financial plan of the entire project and not just the section for which you are requesting funding.

If applicable:

Undertakings from invited or participating parties
Including approval for submitting the application. Collate all the letters in a single PDF.

Bank details
Please provide the bank account details of the organization submitting the application. We will need this to transfer the funds if the subsidy is granted. If the account number has changed or is not already familiar to the Mondriaan Fund, please upload a recent bank statement together with your application, on which the name of your organization and your bank account number or IBAN is clearly visible.

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Questions & contact

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

Or contact us via: +31 (0)6 - 83950022

Lara Riga

Talitha van Ooyen

Lise Hermans