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Questions about your application, project or event, with regard to the coronavirus? (2020/2021)

We too follow the instructions of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment), the government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Read the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding covid-19 here.

All extra measures regarding covid-19 at a glance (2020/2021)

To artists, intermediaries, museums and art institutions: the Mondriaan Fund is providing extra support in times of corona. All additional measures are listed in one overview below. It is regularly updated.

Latest update: 31 december 2021

Covid-19 measures in 2021:

Covid-19 measures in 2020: 

  • Project Grants for Artists and Intermediaries (including support linked to the corona crisis) (closed)
    temporary grants for working periods of up to six months, to compensate for losses and reflect on new projects
  • Compensation for Stand Rental at Dutch Art Fairs (closed)
    a compensation for stand rental for galleries at Art Rotterdam: the compensation is managed through the fair.
  • Corona Crisis Compensation Arrangement for Museums with over 100,000 Annual Visitors (closed)
    the Mondriaan Fund matches the amount already awarded by the region to the museum in question.
  • Corona Crisis Compensation Arrangement for Museums with 40,000-100,000 Annual Visitors (closed)
    the corona virus compensation arrangement for museums with up to 100.000 visitors is a new arrangement complementing the possibilities for regional museums of national importance for the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW).
  • Corona Crisis compensation arrangement for museums with 7.500 or more visitors (closed)
    a grant for museums with an average of 7.500 or more visitors

Former updates

The cultural sector will receive 482 million euros in extra support from the cabinet. The Mondriaan Fund is pleased that Minister Van Engelshoven of OCW has managed to convince the cabinet of this important impulse and agrees with her words: ‘The cultural and creative sector is indispensable in this time of crisis. A sector that makes life more beautiful, connects and surprises people and offers many people employment and income. Creativity is needed to find a way out of the limitations we have to impose on ourselves. You can also see this in the many initiatives that have arisen to enable performances, exhibitions and all kinds of other creative ideas for the public at one and a half meters. I greatly appreciate that. But unfortunately we are not there yet, which is why this support is so important.’ The National Cultural Funds are talking with the minister about their role in the distribution of the support package.

The Dutch government has made an additional support package of €300 million available for the cultural sector. In a letter to Parliament, Minister Van Engelshoven announced how these additional support measures are to be worked out. The Mondriaan Fund is very pleased that the Minister has made €11.8 million available to the six National Culture Funds for the support of individual makers. Of this amount, an amount of almost €2 million will be allocated to the Mondriaan Fund, through which artists and intermediaries can receive extra support. It is also good news that money will be made available for presentation institutions through the Mondriaan Fund and that €16 million will be made available to regional museums.

In addition to the existing support measures, the Mondriaan Fund offers additional support to makers and small institutions. The project subsidy scheme for artists and intermediaries will be adapted to provide space for individual makers who have had to change their plans or practices due to the corona crisis. €1.6 million have an been made available for this purpose. There will be an increased budget for artist initiatives, totalling €100,000. Gallery presentations of work by contemporary artists will be supported with €850,000 in the form of contribution to stand rentals at Dutch art fairs with international appeal. In addition, €1.8 million has been reserved for small museums. For this group, the Mondriaan Fund will provide a scheme consistent with the possibilities for regional museums of national interest to the OCW, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. In addition to these extra measures, the Mondriaan Fund has temporarily increased the budget for the Stipendium for Established Artists in order to meet the increased demand at the moment. With these extra measures the Mondriaan Fund hopes – within our limited possibilities – to offer a helping hand to individual creators and smaller institutions in these difficult times.

Frequently asked questions

Read the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions regarding covid-19 in relation to new applications below. A total overview of frequently asked questions can be found here.

The coronavirus means that the future has become more uncertain. Does it make sense to submit an application at this moment?

  • Yes, it certainly makes sense to submit an application. We hope that, in spite of the coronavirus crisis, everyone will keep doing so.

It is possible that the Corona crisis will affect my ability to complete my project. Can I discuss this possibility in my application?

  • If you already suspect that the corona virus may affect your ability to realize your project, you need to discuss this in your application. To what degree might it be affected and how are you coping with that possibility? In order to be approved for a project, a plan has to be achievable and practicable. If the project cannot be begun within a foreseeable time because of the corona virus, it is possible that the application will be refused.

Is it worthwhile to apply for support for travel or a working period in another country during the Corona crisis?

  • Yes. But take into account any potential interference that the coronavirus may have on your plans. If the country you wish to travel to becomes subject to a negative travel advisory after you have applied, then the amount of support is still valid for the period covered in your application. If that negative travel advisory continues for the entire period, get in touch with your contact person at the Mondriaan Fund.

Can I apply for a project in a country for which there is currently a negative travel advisory (code red or orange)?

  • Yes, this is possible if you expect the negative travel advisory to change to positive in the foreseeable future. See also the answers given above. Mondriaan Fund regulations require that we not support projects in countries for which a negative travel advisory is in effect.

Where can I find an overview of the deadlines in 2021?

  • The Mondriaan Fund wants as many projects and grants as possible to continue as normal. Unfortunately, there are no application rounds for the Residencies abroad in 2020/2021. As soon as they can be offered again, we will mention this on our website. An overview of the other deadlines of 2021 can be found in our overview of grants and in the calendar.


The Mondriaan Fund can be reached by phone, but we ask you to contact us by email as much as possible. Mail to vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay or call 020 523 15 23.