What are the opening hours of the Mondriaan Fund?
The Mondriaan Fund is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for directions.
Where can I find the application forms?
You can find the application form with the relevant grant. First save the form before you fill it in. You need Adobe Reader to fill in the form (click here for a free download).
For the grants with annual rounds of applications, the relevant application form can only be downloaded when the round of applications has opened.
How can I apply?
You can use the digital application system to apply for a grant from the Mondriaan Fund. To do this, you need an account so that you can log on and open a digital application form. Click here for more information about the digital application system.
What will happen with my application?
When an application is received, an employee of the fund checks whether it has been filled in properly and whether the requested annexes have been included. If this is not the case, you may be asked to provide additional information. The application is then assessed according to the conditions specified in the Explanations and in the General Terms and Conditions. When an application complies with all the formal conditions, it is processed and presented to expert advisers, who assess the content. At this point, quality the most important criterion. Click here for more information about how applications are processed.
Who will assess my application?
If an application complies with all the conditions, it is presented to expert advisers, who assess the content. The advisers are recruited on the basis of an open job application procedure. They are all experts in their field and include visual artists, observers, critics, exhibition designers, curators and collectors from inside and outside the Netherlands. They have a thorough knowledge of contemporary visual art or cultural heritage, or have other specific expertise. Every year, new advisers are added, replacing advisers whose contracts have expired. The advisers meet as part of a committee under the supervision of a chairperson. The names of the advisers are listed here.
Which working method does the advisory committee use?
In order to prepare for the meeting, advisers receive a digital copy of the application form, (visual) documentation materials and other annexes. In the case of individual applications, the advisers are never given access to the income data of applicants. The applications are assessed on the basis of the application form and the documentation. During the meeting, any visual documentation is once again viewed on screens by the advisers. The advisory committee assesses the application on the basis of the criteria set out in the Explanations under the header ‘How are applications assessed’. If the committee concludes during the meeting that it does not have a sufficiently clear impression of the applicant, it can decide to request additional information or, if the application was made by an artist, to visit the artist’s studio. If the artist lives abroad, there will be no studio visit.
How much time is there between the submission of the application and the decision whether to award the grant or not?
Applicants must allow for a total processing period of a maximum of three months.
Can I as a visual artist ask for a detailed justification if I am rejected?
In case of negative advice and if the advice is not included in the decision, the applicant can request justification for the rejection within 14 days. This justification is an abbreviated version of the advisory committee’s assessment.
What can I do if I do not agree with the reason for my rejection or with the amount that I have been allocated?
The Mondriaan Fund is an independent administrative body and is governed by General Administrative Law Act. This means that applicants can lodge an objection if they do not agree with a decision. That is possible if an application is rejected, but also if the Mondriaan Fund allocates a different amount than requested. An applicant can also lodge an objection if the definitive grant deviates from the amount that was originally allocated. An applicant can lodge an objection up to a maximum of six weeks after the day when the decision was publicised. After those six weeks have elapsed, it will no longer be possible to lodge an objection.
When a detailed justification is requested, an objection on ‘grounds to be submitted’ can be submitted within six weeks of the decision date. The grounds for the objection must then be submitted no more than six weeks after the detailed justification was sent.
An objection must be signed by the applicant and include at least the applicant’s name and address, the date, the application reference number and written justification for the objection.
The assessment of the objection focuses mainly on the justification for the objection and the explanation of that justification at a hearing. When an objection is being assessed, one important point of focus is whether the interested party can provide information that could shed new light on the application. This information will be taken into account when evaluating the objection.
If the objection is rejected, within six weeks of the decision an appeal can be made to the administrative law sector of the Dutch District Court.
How much time do I have to lodge an objection?
You must send your signed objection to the fund by regular mail not more than 6 weeks after the decision was made. If you have asked for a detailed justification and have not yet received it, you must still lodge a pro forma objection within 6 weeks based on grounds still to be specified. After you have received the detailed justification, you can substantiate your objection in writing.
Why must I mention the Mondriaan Fund when communicating about my project or my work?
The Mondriaan Fund attaches great importance to the use of its name to give the public, policymakers and potential applicants an insight into the projects that were supported with a contribution by the Mondriaan Fund. It shows how Dutch society is investing in visual art and cultural heritage through the Mondriaan Fund. In this way, the Mondriaan Fund aims to increase the support base for visual art and cultural heritage in the Netherlands.
What is a presentation plan and which requirements must it comply with?
A presentation plan is a plan that describes how work(s) will be made visible in an inspirational way for an appropriate public. A presentation plan should be submitted with every application. The various contributions have different requirements for the presentation plan. For example, a presentation plan submitted by an individual artist will by nature be different to a presentation plan submitted by a museum. The requirements for a presentation plan are specified in the ‘checklist’ for the relevant contribution.
What is a realistic fee?
The Mondriaan Fund believes it is important that artists are paid a realistic fee. In fact, this is compulsory for some grants. No guideline has been defined for the size of this fee because it depends on several factors, including the time that was invested. Institutions are therefore asked to substantiate the size of the fee in the plans they submit. The Mondriaan Fund will then assess whether this amount is realistic.
On 1 January 2017, a guideline for artists’ fees will be introduced by stakeholder organisations and associations in the visual arts sector in the Netherlands. Where applicable, the Mondriaan Fund will use this guideline when assessing applications. For more information, see www.kunstenaarshonorarium.nl.
Where can I download the logo?
You can find the logo here in a number of different file types.
Can designers and architects apply for a contribution from the Mondriaan Fund?
No, on 1 January 2012 the schemes for design and architecture were transferred to the Creative Industries Fund NL (Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie).
How do I supply the documentation?
Click here for more information about supplying your documentation.
Can I apply for a Project Investment for Artists for a work period at the ISCP in New York, for example, or for another artist in residency that is also being offered by the Mondriaan Fund?
No, that is not possible. No grant can be requested for a work period in an artist in residency that is already being offered in the Mondriaan Fund’s artist-in-residency grant programme.
When can applications be submitted for the KunstKoop (art purchase)?
Galleries can submit an application for the KunstKoop every two years. The deadline for the 2017-2018 round of applications was 7 October 2016.
Can I apply for a Work Grant for Proven Talent if I am still receiving a basic grant (basisstipendium)?
No, this is not possible because that would mean that you were applying twice for more or less the same thing.
Must I also submit a work plan for a Stipendium Emerging Artists?
Yes, you must submit a global work plan with at least an indication of your plans for the coming years that will lead to new work. You must also submit a presentation plan.
For a Project Investment, the Mondriaan Fund asks for a personal contribution by artists or intermediaries who are submitting applications. Can that also be a personal contribution in terms of the time I have invested?
No, the personal contribution must be a financial contribution. This may be a personal investment, but also a contribution by third parties, an interest-free loan from Fonds Kwadraat or a contribution financed by means of crowdfunding. The way the personal contribution is realised can have a positive effect on the assessment. Crowdfunding – for example, through voordekunst – ties in with the importance that the Mondriaan Fund attaches to a support base for projects.
Can only Dutch artists apply for an individual grant?
An application can be made by an artist with the Dutch nationality or by an artist who does not have the Dutch nationality if he or she is artistically active in the visual arts and/or cultural heritage and has become integrated in that capacity into professional visual art and/or cultural heritage practices in the Netherlands.
Can a museum apply if it wants to ‘de-collect’?
Yes, an application can be submitted to dispose of parts of a collection, preferably with another, receiving party that can demonstrate that the object fits in its collection, and the object is also displayed.
From when can I submit an application for a studio abroad that is being offered in the Mondriaan Fund’s artist-in-residency grant programme?
Visual artists who apply for an artist-in-residency grant programme. must have been working professionally as visual artists for at least 3 years or must have followed a higher vocational study programme with a visual art curriculum to become a professional visual artist for at least 3 years and then worked professionally for at least 1 year.
Intermediaries applying for an artist-in-residency grant programme must have been working professionally for at least 2 years as a intermediary in the field of visual arts or cultural heritage. This must be demonstrated by means of publications, exhibitions, research studies and/or initiated projects.
Has the basic grant (basisstipendium) been replaced by something else?
Yes, the Stipendium for Emerging Artists is comparable to the earlier basic grant. Visual artists can apply for this grant to help reimburse them for the money they have invested in materials, time and services provided by third parties. The grant is aimed at enabling artists to create new work and to experiment. Click here for more information.
Is it true that if my application for a Stipendium for Established Artists is rejected I must wait for four years before I can submit a new application?
No, you can submit a new application for a Stipendium for Established Artists for up to 12 months after your previous application was rejected.
For how much can I apply as a contribution for a Project Investment for Institutions?
The Mondriaan Fund can provide financial support for a maximum of 40 percent of the variable project costs for the Project Investment for Institutions. No financial support is provided for recurring expenses. The average contribution for each project in 2015 was around 45,000 euros. Contributions of 75,000 euros or more are extremely rare. Contact the Mondriaan Fund if you wish to apply for a contribution of this size.
Collaboration and commissions
Must an application always be made in collaboration?
No, that is not necessary and is even not always possible. However, the Mondriaan Fund attaches great value to meaningful collaboration aimed at generating a broader support base for the plan.
What is the difference between a collaboration and a commission?
In the case of a commission, there is a commissioning party (which can vary from a private individual to a cultural institution or a hospital) that commissions new work from an artist. A commission is a type of collaboration, involving many different aspects. However, not all types of collaboration are a commission. Collaboration is also possible between two museums, between an artist and a university and between a presentation institution and a football club, for example.
For a commission, the Mondriaan Fund requires a 50 percent personal contribution from the client, and a fee for the artist is also a requirement. This always applies to the Commissioning Contemporary Art Grant and, if new work is created, to the International Presentations Grant.
Other conditions apply to applications for grants involving collaboration, and in most cases a personal contribution and a realistic fee for the artist are required (see the relevant explanation). A collaboration can also relate to institutions that are working together or to a collaboration between several artists and/or intermediaries.
If two museums jointly apply for a contribution for a purchase, is that an advantage?
When two or more parties apply for the contribution, this is an advantage, in principle. It is assessed whether the collaboration gives the plan added value.