Are you planning on making a special and innovative publication about the work of a living visual artist from the Netherlands and/or the Caribbean part of the Kingdom? Or an oeuvre publication as an artist’s reflection on his work? Perhaps the Publication grant is something for you. The grant can be requested by artists and publishers.

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For whom

For artists and publishers.

For what

For the production of special publications about the work of living artists from the Netherlands and/or the Caribbean part of the Kingdom.

How much

The amount of a Grant for Publications will be determined per application.


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For whom

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.

For what

The grant can be applied for to be used for a special and innovative publication about the work of a living visual artist, which is published in a limited edition. Applications can be made for an oeuvre publication as an artist’s reflection on the work itself, a first publication of starting talent that increases (inter)national visibility, or a one-off, non-monographic opinion publication that reflects on the artist’s practice and as a result contributes to the formation of ideas about contemporary visual 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 that provide an additional artistic value to the publication. Publications grants also support relevant technological innovations associated with digital media in relation to a publication.

How much

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.

The deadlines in 2024 are May 23 and August 29. Applications must be submitted at 4.00 PM (CEST) / 10.00 AM (AST) 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.

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  • 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, then a realistic fee for the artist(s) is required, with a clarification of how the amount of the fee has been determined. This item can be included in the budget as part of the production costs. The fee can be included in the production costs, but must be paid by the publisher. The publisher must follow the guideline for fees.
  • 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
  • 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, and have a circulation of a maximum of 3 copies. An Artist Project can be requested for this.
  • 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.
General terms and conditions


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.

If the advisory committee is positive about the artistic performance of the artist, it also assesses the plan and motivation for the publication, and if applicable whether there is a technical innovation. A Publication contribution can only be awarded if the committee advises positively on the artistic performance and the quality and importance of the publication.

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.

What happens with my application?


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. 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.

Questions & contact

If you have a question you can contact us. Here you will find the contact person for this grant.

Or call to 020 523 15 23 or send an e-mail to vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay

Mirthe Wacki

Tessa Ebbers