Grants for Publications (for Artists and Publishers) are intended for the production of special publications on the work of living visual artists from the Netherlands and/or the Caribbean part of the Kingdom.
The Mondriaan Fund offers Publications grants to stimulate the knowledge and dissemination of Dutch contemporary art amongst the Dutch and international audiences, thereby boosting artists’ talent development. The grants are to be used to produce publications of work by living artists from the Netherlands and/or the Caribbean part of the Kingdom, who through substance and/or form contribute to the discussion of or insight into contemporary visual art.
Artists and publishers can apply for this grant to fund a publication that presents the work itself and will have a small print run. They can also apply for the grant to fund an oeuvre publication as a reflection of an artist at his or her work, a first publication of emerging talent to increase the profile of his/her work nationally or internationally, or a one-time, non-monographic opinionated edition as a reflection of the artistic practice that contributes to views on contemporary art. Innovation is an important feature of the practice of art and therefore also of publications. For this reason, the Mondriaan Fund also contributes to technically innovative publications that use printing on demand or integrate e-publishing and/or apps in a relevant manner. Publications grants also support relevant technological innovations associated with digital media in relation to a publication.
The amount of a grant for Publications will be determined per application. The maximum grant to be awarded by the Mondriaan Fund is 35% of the production costs. In the event that the publication is innovative in technical terms, the maximum grant award is 50%.
Applications for grants for Publications can be submitted through the Mondriaan Fund’s online application system, for which you need an account. With your account you can access the application form, where you can fill in the questions and upload the information requested in the checklist below. Click here for the FAQ about online applications.
Applications for grants for Publications can be submitted tree times a year. The deadlines in 2023 are: January 30, May 1 and August 28. Applications must be submitted at 5.00 PM (CET) on the day of the deadline.
Applicants must allow for a total processing period of a maximum of three months from the deadline of the application round. Grants from the Mondriaan Fund cannot be awarded with retroactive effect, which is why the application must be submitted well before the desired starting date.
- Grants for Publications may be awarded to visual artists and publishers, who are free to apply for them either jointly or individually.
- The publication must relate to one or several artists who are active in the visual arts and who are part of the professional visuals arts field in the Netherlands and/or the Caribbean part of the Kingdom.
- The artist to whom the publication relates must have been a professional visual artist for at least 4 years, or must have taken a 3-year visual arts degree with a visual arts curriculum at a university of the arts and have worked as a professional visual artist for at least 1 year since then.
- A Grant for Publications cannot be applied and used while attending education at institutions, such as bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes or participating in programmes at academic or post-academic institutions.
- If a publisher is involved in the project, the artist (or artists) must be given a fitting wage, which may be included in the budget as a ‘costs of production’ debit item. The artist’s wage may be listed among the ‘costs of production’, but must be paid by the publisher. The publisher is required to observe the Wage Guideline.
- If the work is not to be published by a vanity publisher, the grant application must include a publisher’s pledge to publish the work.
- If the grant application is submitted by the publisher, the application must include a pledge issued by the artist.
- If the work is to be published by a vanity publisher, the grant may include some compensation for the time the artist devoted to getting the publication ready for publication (part-time job). The grant application is more likely to be successful if the applicant has raised some funds itself by means of a crowd-funding campaign (e.g. through voordekunst.nl).
- Publications about historical subjects and/or historical developments are not eligible for a Grant for Publications. Nor are artists’ books. Artists’ books are considered autonomous works of art, which are eligible for an Artist Project grant.
- The contribution for technically innovative publications cannot be awarded for applications of printing techniques, bookbinding and/or the use of alternative types of paper. For this purpose, you can apply for the grant for 35% of the production costs.
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 Grant for Publications.
The Mondriaan Fund puts a great premium on the way in which publications are targeted to the right audience. Therefore, it is vital that grant applications include a realistic and ambitious distribution and promotion plan. The advisory committee will assess whether the publication will constitute a meaningful contribution to the Dutch visual arts scene.
A Grant for Publications can only be awarded if the advisory committee issues a positive recommendation on the artist’s artistic performance, the plan, the grounds for publishing the work and the distribution plan, and on the likelihood that the work will constitute a technical innovation, where applicable.
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 order to process your application, the Mondriaan Fund needs information: data that you can enter in the application form plus documents that you can upload. Here you will find a checklist that follows the layout of the application form.
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.