Faq

General

  1. 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.

    Applications for the grants of the Mondriaan Fund can be submitted 24 hours a day through the online application system. Click here for more information and frequently asked questions about online applications.

  2. Can I apply with the Mondriaan Fund?

    The grants of the Mondriaan Fund are aimed at various target groups. Depending on the type of grant, those groups are: visual artists, intermediaries, institutions, private individuals and commissioning parties in the field of visual art and cultural heritage.
    In the general terms and conditions you will find a description of these target groups and the formal conditions for applicants.

    Designers and architects cannot apply with the Mondriaan Fund. They can turn to the Creative Industries Fund NL (Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie).

    Should you have any questions about crossover applications or interdisciplinary cooperation, you may contact Lara Riga. She is the contact person on behalf of the six cultural funds for applicants at the intersection of art and society or of various art disciplines.

  3. Which grant applies to me?

    The Mondriaan Fund offers a range of grants to artists, intermediaries, institutions and commissioning parties. To assess which possibility may suit you, please consult the overview of application possibilities or the application finder. If you have any questions regarding the grants, please contact one of our project officers. Their contact details are listed in the explanatory notes with each grant.

    To help everyone along in the various possibilities that are offered, the Mondriaan Fund periodically organizes an Open House. Keep an eye on our website and newsletter for the next date and the programme. During these special information days, our employees are ready to advise you and to explain the possibilities.

  4. Can I make an appointment with someone from the Mondriaan Fund staff?

    If you are not sure which grant to apply for, first consult the overview of application possibilities or the application finder for details of the regulations. For information and advice about applications, you may contact the Mondriaan Fund staff by email or telephone. For each grant, the explanatory notes list the contact persons that may answer your questions. In consultation with them, we can determine whether an appointment is necessary, and if so, with which staff member.

    If you have any questions about an on-going application, please keep your application number at hand, so we can quickly connect you with the right employee. Click here if you wish to know what happens with your application.

  5. 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. For questions about digital applications please contact helpdesk@mondriaanfonds.nl, tel. 020 5231523.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    The various committees represent a diversity of expertise. Advisers evaluate for example applications from visual artists, intermediaries, museums, archives and archaeological institutions, but also projects in migrant heritage or multidisciplinary festivals. The advisers are able to assess several different disciplines and to look beyond their own preferences. Furthermore, they are aware of the aim of the Mondriaan Fund; they are familiar with the procedures of the advisory committees and agree with them. Click here for the protocol. (The names of the advisers can be found here)

     

     

  9. 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. Incomplete submissions will be held up in the application process. We will contact you if anything is missing or if there are any questions or uncertainties.

     

  10. Can I submit several applications at the same time?

    You can. But you cannot apply twice for the same cost item. With some grants, the committee’s advice may have consequences for a different application. An artist who has been rejected before on the basis of artistic performance cannot submit another application for a period of twelve months, unless it is about a completely different plan, which is expected to take the development of the applicant’s work into a different direction.

Grants

  1. Talent development

    1. 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.

    2. The Mondriaan Fund asks its applicants to provide a personal contribution. What is a personal contribution and can such a contribution be made in the form of a time investment?

      Individual applicants are expected to provide a personal contribution of a minimum of ten percent of subsidizable costs. This personal contribution must be financial. It can be a personal investment, as well as a contribution from a third party, through an interest-free loan from , or through crowdfunding.
      The way the personal contribution is realised may 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 its projects. The personal contribution must always relate to the expenses that can be applied for with the Mondriaan Fund. A personal contribution cannot consist of another grant from the Mondriaan Fund.

    3. 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.

    4. Can I apply when a previous grant from the Mondriaan Fund has not yet been completed?

      That is possible in principle, with specific conditions varying per grant. You cannot, however, apply for expenses that are covered by a different grant from the Mondriaan Fund, in the same period.

      For all applications, if during your current application the deadline for submitting your final report has expired, you must first complete the earlier grant before you may apply again.

    5. 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. If in doubt, please contact the project officers of the Mondriaan Fund.

    6. 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.

  2. Vital Dutch Collection

    1. 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. 

  3. Stimulating markets

    1. 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.

  4. Commissions

    1. 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.

  5. Presenting & programming

    1.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 2016 was around 40,000 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.

Applications

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. How do I supply the documentation?

    Click here for more information about supplying your documentation.

  4. 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.

  5. Should my budget include VAT?

    No, it should not. All amounts must be listed exclusive of VAT. The sums will be allocated exclusive of VAT, unless the applicant is not subject to VAT; in those rare cases you should first contact the Mondriaan Fund finance department.   

After allocation

  1. What does the Mondriaan Fund expect of me upon the allocation of a grant?

    The Mondriaan Fund grants are subject to the general terms and conditions and to the conditions stated in the explanatory notes of the relevant grant. This means, amongst other things, that you are required to notify the Mondriaan Fund in writing about substantial changes in the realisation, budget, or financing scheme of your project, and that you must send the Mondriaan Fund a final report within three months after the final date of the project.

    Furthermore, everyone receiving a grant from the Mondriaan Fund, for example for the realisation of a project or presentation, must mention that it was (partly) made possible through financial support from the Mondriaan Fund (in Dutch: Mondriaan Fonds). The Fund should be mentioned in this respect in invitations, colophons, press releases, websites, publications, credit titles, captions, etc. The logo can be downloaded here. We ask you to send the Mondriaan Fund invitations for and announcements of any results of the grant.

  2. 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.

  3. Where can I download the logo?

    You can find the logo here in a number of different file types.

  4. Which are the conditions under which my grant is allocated?

    The grant is awarded under the general terms and conditions, and under the conditions stated in the explanatory notes of the relevant grant. The specific conditions holding for your grant can be found on the back of the confirmation statement from the Mondriaan Fund. All substantial changes in the realisation, budget and finance scheme must be reported in writing.

  5. Do I receive an advance on my grant?

    The various grants make different demands on the payment of advances, and apply different advance percentages. In the explanatory notes of the grant, you will find the information that is relevant to your situation.

  6. When should I submit my final report?

    The deadline for the final report is generally within three months of the planned final date of the activities. You will find this in the confirmation statement you have received from the Mondriaan Fund. You will also receive an invitation by email.

  7. What is expected of my final report?

    That depends on the grant you have received. With most grants, it involves a report concerning the content of the project, with an evaluation of your activities, and a financial report. The specific conditions for your grant can be found on the backside of the written confirmation from the Mondriaan Fund. You should submit the final report digitally through the online application system. You will automatically receive a notification when you have to submit the final report.
    As part of the digital report, we ask you to answer a number of questions that will help the Mondriaan Fund in measuring the effect of the awarded grants. After the grant period, you will find a form in your inbox in the Fund’s online application system, on which you need to answer seven questions that all the applicants are asked. Further, a number of additional questions are asked per grant. These specific questions can be found here.

     

  8. Can I ask for a postponement of the submission of my final report?

    You can ask for a postponement of the submission of your final report by sending your request through email to info@mondriaanfonds.nl, explaining why you cannot make the deadline. In that case, please refer to your application number.

After rejection

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. It is also possible to send it as a PDF file with your signature to info@mondriaanfonds.nl along with your application number. 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.