The grant Collection Mobility is intended for museums and other cultural heritage institutions that wish to select, dispose of or relocate collection components.
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. 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.
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.
For budgetary reasons, the Mondriaan Fund’s board may request the advisory committee to weigh the applications against each other and rank the positive recommendations in order of priority.
The advisory committee will assess the cultural and historical significance of the collection and the relevance to the public of relocating part of the collection. It will do so on the basis of:
- A statement as to why it is important that an object be relocated and how it is relevant to the institution’s own collection and the Dutch National Cultural Heritage Collection.
- The collection plan.
- A budget covering all expenses that complies with the Mondriaan Fund’s guidelines.
And, where applicable:
- The reasons for the collaboration.
- A presentation plan that explains how the right audience will be reached.
The advisory committee will use five interrelated criteria to assess the application:
- The importance for the Dutch National Cultural Heritage Collection.
- The importance for the receiving collection.
- The importance for and the reputation of the applicant and the receiving institution.
- The cultural and historical value and the condition of the object or of the collection or sub-collection.
- The degree of visibility and the quality of the presentation plan, particularly with regard to the way it seeks to reach an appropriate audience in an inspiring manner.
- 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.
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. 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.
A recent (not older than 1 year) registration of your organization with the Chamber of Commerce
Information on the organisation
This should include a description of activities of the organisation over the past three years, with your mission, target groups, cooperative partnerships, audience reach and how your normally respond to loan requests. If the application involves a collaboration with one or several organisations, we also ask a description of the activities of those organisations.
Information on the collection
Concerning the collection that will be reallocated or deaccessioned. Include information like: a description of the collection, dates, origins and, if applicable, the names of the artists.
With a description of the importance of the proposed selection, deaccessioning or reallocation – for the collection of the organisation, for the Dutch National Cultural Heritage Collection, and for the embedding of the reallocation within the collection and presentation policy of the receiving organisation. It should also include a plan of action and timeline. A maximum of 20 pages.
The most recent collection plan of the receiving museum.
Specified budget with a financing plan
Including a motivation of the requested amount of funding. If third parties are involved in the financing of the plan, please upload the total budget with financing plan and not just the part for which you apply with the Mondriaan Fund.
Declarations of financial contributions
Collect all documents in one PDF file.
Tenders of crucial items in the budget
Collect all documents in one PDF file.
Recent bank statement
If this is the first time your organization is applying with the Mondriaan Fund or if your bank account details have changed since your previous application, we request you to upload a recent bank statement.
Declaration of consent of participating organisations
If the participating organisations do not file their own application, we ask for a declaration of consent for the application. Collect all documents in one PDF file.
With an explanation of when the reallocated parts of the collection will be presented, how the presentation will be announced, and how the organisation intends to attract and bind a relevant audience. A maximum of 20 pages.
To complement your application. Please collect all images in one PDF file with a maximum of 12MB.