Heritage Innovation

Are you working to develop new visions or narratives about our cultural heritage, for example through an exceptional presentation, a new presentation arrangement, layout or structure, or a thematic collaboration that is relevant to society and would reach a diverse audience? If so, you may be eligible for a Heritage Innovation grant.

For whom

Museums and cultural heritage institutions that manage collections with open public presentation objectives, including archives.

For what

For innovative programming or for long-term thematic collaborations. Applications for a feasibility study on collaboration and innovative programming are also welcome.


Please check this list carefully before you start your application.

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For whom

Heritage Innovation grants are for museums and cultural heritage institutions that manage collections with open public presentation objectives, including archives.

Museums and other cultural heritage institutions that manage and preserve collections, making them visible to the public, can apply for innovative programming or for long-term thematic collaborations. Applications for a feasibility study on collaboration and innovative programming are also welcome.

The Heritage Innovation grant stimulates cultural heritage organizations to develop new trajectories that lead to transition, including research, new programming, exceptional thematic collaborations and new presentation arrangements, structures or designs that do justice to up-to-date visions and narratives for a diverse public.

For what

  • Research or programmes focused on new forms for the presentation or new designs or layouts for cultural heritage organizations. This could entail research into new ways of preserving and managing contemporary art or towards the development of new narratives that can be expressed through the collection.
  • Collaborations between museums and other organizations that manage collections, either between themselves or together with other cultural parties in the field of research and scholarship, public reach or collection management.
  • Conducting a feasibility study as part of the development process towards a programme or a thematic collaboration.

How much

The amount of the stipend is separately determined for each individual application. The stipend for an innovative programme is a maximum of 40% of the flexible costs. The costs of the total programme must be over € 25,000. For a feasibility study, the amount can be no more than 70% of the costs, with a total maximum award of € 15,000.


Applications for the Heritage Innovation grant can be submitted twice each year, using the Mondriaan Fund online application system. Deadlines for the submission in 2022 are 4 April and 19 September, 5 P.M CET. You first apply through the website for an account with the Mondriaan Fund, which you need in order to apply. When determining your dates, keep in mind that the processing of your application will take 3 months after the deadline. A grant cannot be awarded retroactively.

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  • Cultural Heritage Innovation grants are available to Dutch museums and other collection-managing cultural heritage institutions with a public function that are primarily focused on presenting cultural heritage and/or visual arts in the Netherlands, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius or St. Maarten.
  • Higher art education institutions and sector institutes without collections may not apply.
  • Activities that are already or will be financed through other Mondriaan Fund support, under the Regeling op het specifiek cultuurbeleid, or through any other provisions financed from public funds do not qualify.
  • For an application for funding through extra resources for large-scale archaeology for the period 2018-2021 arrangement, collaboration, especially with scientific parties, is a plus. This is also true for the use of innovative presentation methods to reach broader or new audiences and to contributing to the objectives of Erfgoed Telt (Heritage Counts) with regard to diversity, reaching young people and involving volunteers.
  • Cultural Heritage Innovation grants cannot be requested for fixed costs, for building or founding museums or for regular operations.
  • The minimum budget of the project must exceed € 25,000. The maximum contribution from the Mondriaan Fund is 40% of the project costs.
  • The maximum contribution for feasibility studies is € 15,000. For these studies, the maximum contribution of the Mondriaan Fund is 70% of the total project costs.
  • The disposal of collections must be carried out in accordance with the Guide to the Disposal of Museum Objects and, where possible, in accordance with the valuation framework of the Cultural Heritage Agency.
  • An application for a collaboration must be accompanied by a jointly reasoned plan that includes: an explanation of how the applicant will safeguard the knowledge and experience gained and share it with the museum field; a presentation plan; a budget with, where possible, price estimates and, if applicable, a statement of commitment from inviting or participating parties. For applications in the area of collection mobility, a collection plan from both the receiving and the relinquishing museum is required.
  • If artists are involved in the programme, realistic remuneration for the artist is required. The guideline for artist honoraria must be followed.
  • Applicants subscribe to the Fair Practice Code, the Culture Governance Code and the Diversity & Inclusion Code. Application of the Fair Practice Code automatically means that the institution implements the guidelines on artists’ honoraria.
  • Your description of the mission, vision and profile of the institution or institutions.
  • Your plan, consisting of a motivation and description of the programme, possible collaborations or development plan, including a communications plan explaining how the experience of this programme will connect with new target groups and how this audience can be reached, and your strategy of how this programme fits into local, national and international contexts.
  • In the case of applications for research or collaboration, an explanation of how the added knowledge and experience will be permanently established and shared with the museum world.
  • A budget with a financing plan.
  • The vision, mission, and profile: how do we see these reflected in the proposed activities and/or collaborations.
  • The quality and importance of activities to date: how do these relate to the current context, specifically in terms of cultural heritage.
  • The quality of the activities in the plan: do these activities convincingly establish precedents or examples, or are they distinguishing or exceptional for other reasons.
  • Innovative qualities: how does the programme relate to developments in society? Does this plan contribute to artistic or substantive development and innovation.
  • Public reach: this concerns the way in which the programme is presented and, in addition to a suitable audience, also reaches a new and broader public;
  • National, international and regional embedding: what does the programme add to the present cultural infrastructure and what makes it relevant for the public.
  • Added value for the museum world: if the application concerns a thematic collaboration, the committee also assesses whether that collaboration will produce durable results and how the knowledge it generates benefits the museum field as a whole.


To process your application, the Mondriaan Fund needs information. All of this information can be submitted in the application form itself, together 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. 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.

Recent (less than 1 year old) and valid registration excerpt from the Kamer van Koophandel (KvK- Chamber of Commerce)

Factual information about the institution or institutions (4 pages maximum)
Describe the activities of the last 3 years on the parts of all participating institutions or organizations, as well as those of collaborating partners, including objectives, target groups and the public reach of those activities.

Plan (20 pages maximum)
Give the title of the programme, the date it begins, the contents of any proposed collaborations, location or locations, the expected numbers of participants and visitors and how the organization means to reach them, as well as those responsible for their content and organization. Provide an explanation of the way in which any collaboration will be organized and who is responsible for it.

Describe the specific area to which your plan applies, for example, expanding public reach by appealing to  a larger or a new audience, improving the visibility of a collection, or sharing or establishing knowledge in the museum field.

Applying codes
It is expected of all cultural institutions that they follow the Dutch Fair Practice Code, the Governance Code Cultuur (Governance Code for Culture) and the Code Diversiteit & Inclusie (Code for Diversity & Inclusion). Adopting the Fair Practice Code automatically implies that the organization adheres to the guidelines for artists’ fees.

Specified budget with financing plan
Click here for an explanation of budgets for institutions.
This concerns the complete budget and financing plan, not just the segment for which assistance is being requested from the Mondriaan Fund. Where there are questions about any given budget entry, the Mondriaan Fund can request relevant documents, such as price estimates.

Letters of confirmation of contributions from all participating institutions
All of these letters should be included in a single PDF document.

Approved Annual Statement of Accounts for the previous calendar year

Where applicable:

Bank details
We need the bank account number of the applying organization in order to transfer the money for approved applications. If your bank account number has changed or is new to the Mondriaan Fund, upload a recent bank statement that clearly shows the name and International Bank Account Number, or IBAN.

Permission statements from participating institutions
If the other participating organizations are not submitting applications of their own, we request that you provide statements of permission for your application from the partner organizations. Include all of these declarations in a single PDF document.

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

Lara Riga

Lotte Hemelrijk

Minouche Wardenaar