Grants for Acquisition Programs

For whom and for what?

Grants for Acquisition Programs are intended for publicly accessible museums that wish to make structural purchases of art and/or design created after 1945, based on their collection programs and acquisitions plans.

The grant amount may be used to fund major acquisitions that fit into the collection plan of the museum and are displayed to the public on a permanent or semi-permanent basis. Alternatively, museums may use the grant to, commission a visual artist to create one or more works of art for the collection, as part of their acquisition plans. In either case, the acquisition must fit into the museum’s collection plan and be important to the Netherlands.

The aim is to increase the quality, coherence and visibility of the Netherlands Art Collection.

The amount of a Grant for Acquisition Programs is determined. Acquisition plans submitted in conjunction with another museum or other museums are eligible for an additional grant. The grant is intended to cover a two-year period.

  • Conditions

    In addition to the General Terms and Conditions, Grants for Acquisition Programs are subject to the following conditions:

    • Grant applications may be submitted by publicly accessible Dutch institutions which are listed with the Museums Register and which manage a substantial collection of contemporary visual art and/or design of national or international significance. Such institutions are also allowed to submit joint applications, or to apply for a grant in association with a visual artist.
    • The institution must have a permanent budget of at least €50,000 per year for the acquisition of contemporary visual art and/or design. This budget may be funded by public or privat means. At least 50 percent of the budget must be spent on Dutch visual artists and/or designers, or on visual artists and/or designers who have been assimilated into the Dutch art scene.
    • The institution must be willing to loan its objects to Dutch institutions and acts in accordance with the Basic Principles for Smarter Loan Transactions in the Netherlands. This means that Dutch museums will not be charged expenses for loaning works of art and that direct costs such as transport, insurance and packaging expenses (handling fee) will be minimised.
    • The acquisitions will remain part of the Dutch National Cultural Heritage Collection for a long time and their ownership will not be transferred without the Mondriaan Fund’s authorisation. In the event that the institution chooses to dispose of its objects, this must be done in accordance with the Guideline for the Disposal of Museum Objects.
    • The preservation of the acquired objects is guaranteed by means of proper constructional provisions, climate control and security measures.
    • Privately owned museums are not eligible for this grant. Nor are art schools and post-academic institutions.
    • Grants for Acquisition Programs cannot be used for acquisitions which have already received financial support from the government, or for acquisitions which institutions can be reasonably expected to fund from their regular budgets.
    • The acquisition will be displayed to the public at once or as soon as possible.

    If the acquisition plan involves an artist being commissioned to create a work of art, the following conditions will apply, as well:

    • The applicant’s own share of the purchasing price must be in acceptable proportion to the grant awarded by the Fund. The budget must include a realistic wage for the artist, to be paid by the applicant. In this respect, the applicant must comply with the Wage Guideline. In order to encourage compliance with the Artists’ Wage Guideline, the Mondriaan Fund has drawn up regulations governing the partial reimbursement of costs incurred by institutions which comply with the Guideline.
    • The artist must have been a professional visual artist for at least four years, or must have taken a three-year visual arts degree with a visual arts curriculum at a university of the arts and have been a professional visual artist for at least one year since then.
    • The artist must be creatively active in the visual arts and must play an active part in the Dutch professional visual arts community.
  • Assessment

    All applications which satisfy all the formal requirements and which come with all the requested enclosures will be presented to a committee which will issue a recommendation on the award of the Grant for Acquisition Programs. The advisory committee will assess the significance of the applicant’s collection and acquisition plans to visual arts in general and to the Dutch National Cultural Heritage Collection in particular, as well as its relevance to the public at large. It will do so on the basis of:

    • An explanation of the institution’s acquisition policy and how this relates to its acquisition plans;
    • An explanation of why the institution’s collection and acquisition plans are important and how they are relevant to the Dutch National Cultural Heritage Collection and to the institution’s own collection;
    • A presentation plan explaining how the institution intends to attract and retain the right audience in an inspiring manner;
    • An insight into the institution’s annual acquisition budget;
    • An explanation of why the institution is collaborating with a partner institution, where applicable. If an artist is to be commissioned to create a work of art, the applicant is required to provide a budget including a realistic wage for the artist and to explain how this wage conforms with the Wage Guideline.

    In assessing the plans, the advisory committee will consider the following interrelated criteria:

    • The significance of the acquisition to the Dutch National Cultural Heritage Collection: do the institution’s plans complement the major collections of other Dutch institutions?
    • The significance and quality of the applicant’s collection and acquisition plans.
    • The significance and reputation of the institution applying for the grant.
    • The quality of the presentation plan and its profile, particularly with regard to the (hopefully inspiring) manner in which the institution seeks to attract and retain the right audience.
    • The institution’s opinion on the quality of the work of the artist involved, the artist’s plans and cultural entrepreneurship, on the basis of the criteria outlined in the General Terms and Conditions, where applicable.

    Generally speaking, grant applications are more likely to be successful if they are submitted by two or more parties. One of the aspects which will be assessed is whether such collaborative efforts will create added value for the plan.

    Final assessment
    Grants for Acquisition Programs can only be awarded if the advisory committee issues a positive recommendation on the aforementioned interrelated criteria. Such a positive recommendation may come with a recommendation on the sum to be awarded as a grant. For budgetary reasons, the Mondriaan Fund’s board may request the advisory committee to weigh the applications against each other and rank the positive recommendations in order of priority.

  • Apply

    Applications for Grants for Acquisition Programs 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 Acquisition Programs can be submitted two times a year, during an application round announced on the website. The deadline for an application is June 23, 2017.

    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.

  • Contact

    For assistance or questions, please contact ms. Marineke van der Reijden [+31 (0)20 523 16 62] or ms. Sandra Nicolai [+31 (0)20 523 16 60], or call the general phone number:  +31 (0)20 523 15 23.

  • Checklist

    Currently the checklist is only available in Dutch.

latest update: 07.07.2017