The Mondriaan Fund offers Collection Mobility grants to help boost the quality and visibility of the Dutch State Art Collection for the public. Selection, relocation and divestment will result in an improved overview of the Collection, greater insight into what is important to the Collection, and help cultural heritage institutions to stand out from the crowd.
The grant Collection Mobility is intended for museums and other cultural heritage institutions that wish to select, discard or relocate parts of their collections in order to increase the quality of those collections, raise their profile, and improve the focus of their collection profiles.
The aim is to promote a better understanding of what is important to the Dutch National Cultural Heritage Collection, so as to increase its quality and profile.
An application for a Collection Mobility grant cannot be submitted to fund construction work, the preservation of listed buildings, the excavation of archaeological objects, passive conservation or documenting the collection. Furthermore, the grant is not intended for relocations that are already being supported with State cultural resources or which institutions can be reasonably expected to fund from their regular budgets.
The amount of Collection Mobility will be determined for each individual application. The Mondriaan Fund will finance up to 40% of the eligible costs.
An application for a Collection Mobility can be submitted through the Mondriaan Fund’s online application system. You will have to have an account in order to do this. The system will allow you to fill in an online application form and submit it along with the annexes requested in the checklist below. Click here for the FAQ (in Dutch) about online applications.
Applications for a Collection Mobility can be submitted throughout the year. Applicants must allow for a total processing period of a maximum of 3 months. However, due to the many applications to the fund, the processing time can take longer than expected.
Grants from the Mondriaan Fund cannot be awarded with retroactive effect, which is why the application must be submitted well before the desired commencement date.
- The application procedure is only open to publicly accessible Dutch institutions that are in charge of museum collections of national and international significance.
- If there is a receiving institution, the institutions must submit the application jointly.
- The applicants must be registered with the Museums Register.
- The applicant institutions must be accommodating in respect of the loan transactions with Dutch institutions and act in accordance with the Basic Principles for Smarter Loan Transactions in the Netherlands (Slimmer Lenen Uitgangspunten bruikleenverkeer binnen Nederland). This means that Dutch museums will not be charged expenses for loaning works of art and that direct costs such as transport, insurance and packaging expenses (handling fee) will be minimised.
- Collections must be disposed of in accordance with the Guideline for the Disposal of Museum Objects and, where possible, according to the valuation framework of the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency.
- Applicants are expected to make a significant financial contribution themselves.
All applications that comply with the formal conditions and that have been submitted with the requested annexes will be presented to a committee which will issue recommendations on the allocation of a Collection Mobility.
Generally speaking, grant applications are more likely to be successful if they are submitted by two or more parties. One of the aspects which will be assessed is whether the collaboration will create added value for the plan.
Applicants are only eligible for a Collection Mobility if the advisory committee issues a positive recommendation regarding the above criteria. Such a positive recommendation may come with a recommendation on the sum to be awarded as a grant.
Due to budgetary restrictions, we are unfortunately not always able to award grants to all applications that receive positive advisories from the committee. In this case, the Mondriaan Fund Board asks the advisory committee to prioritise the positive advisories. This means that an application may receive a positive advisory, but a grant is nevertheless not awarded.
In the online application form you must upload the requested information as a PDF. We advise you to formulate and collate this information before you fill out the form. We additionally request you to answer various questions, including questions for evaluation purposes.
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.