The Asian Cultural Council’s application deadline has now passed, as of 5:00p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 16th. Please visit our website next fall in order to apply for the 2014 grant cycle. For information on the ACC’s application process, visit the Guideline and FAQ links to the right.
The Asian Cultural Council supports international dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchange and nurtures the individual talents of the artists and scholars in Asia and the United States. The Asian Cultural Council grants are open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States or citizens and permanent residents of the countries of Asia, from Afghanistan eastward through Japan and Indonesia.
Our geographic areas of interest are:
Applicants from Hong Kong, China, Macau, Japan, Taiwan, or the Philippines should apply directly to our Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, and Manila field offices respectively:
Applicants from Hong Kong, China, or Macau, please visit ACC Hong Kong’s website.
Applicants from Japan, please visit ACC Japan’s website.
Applicants from Taiwan, please visit ACC Taiwan’s website.
Applicants from the Philippines, please apply here. If you live in the Philippines, please submit your supplementary materials to our Manila office at: ACC Manila, Suite 504, National Life Building, 6762 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1226, Philippines.
Please note that the Council is unable to provide support for full tuition costs or undergraduate study. The Council will help cover living costs and international travel for students participating in graduate degree programs relating to the visual and performing arts. Students must apply for funding for each year of study. The ACC does not award multiple-year grants.
Projects Not Funded by the Asian Cultural Council
- activities conducted by individuals in their home countries
- capital campaigns
- commercial and industrial design
- film and video production costs
- general operating and administrative costs
- individual artist exhibitions or performance tours
- undergraduate and secondary school study
- youth training programs
- commercial or for-profit entities
- projects retroactively
Complete Application Materials
All applicants should submit a full and correct application before the deadline. Only one application per organization will be accepted. The ACC will acknowledge the receipt of your application. ACC will not process late or incomplete applications and will not follow up on incomplete applications. Please fill out the application to the best of your ability and to the best of your knowledge. The ACC may contact you for any needed clarification.
Please make a note of the ACC office to which you have applied. This same office will be in touch with you regarding any questions about your application.
If you are submitting by email, please make sure that the ACC email address is added to your safe list of emails so that you receive all pertinent correspondence.
Please note that you must fill out the entirety of the application in one session; your work will not be saved until it is submitted. We encourage applicants to first fill out the form offline before completing it online to ensure their complete application is saved and correctly submitted.
Because of the large volume of applications we receive, the ACC may not be able to respond to individual inquires.
Since the program resources of the Asian Cultural Council are focused on fellowship awards to individuals, the Council’s grants for organizations are usually modest in size and are generally awarded to support the participation of individual artists, scholars, and specialists from the United States or from Asia in project activities administered by the applicant organization.
All organizations requesting grant support from the ACC must have U.S. 501(c)3 or similar non-profit status, such as registration as a non-governmental organization (NGO).
Please note that commercial or for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.
If an organization does not have non-profit status, fiscal sponsorship is required. U.S. 501(c)3 public charity or international equivalent must sponsor the project. If applicable, a signed letter of agreement with the fiscal sponsor will be necessary in order to be eligible for ACC support.
Supplementary materials that pertain to the organization’s and/or participants' previous work must be submitted by November 16 of the calendar year for grants in the following year. Only one disk, in CD or DVD format, will be accepted. The ACC will not consider any other materials. Supplementary material will not be returned. Please do not send originals that cannot be replaced. Write your organization's name and the date on the CD or DVD.
Guidelines for Images
- Up to 15 images of work completed within the last five years may be submitted.
- Images should be in JPEG format, and should be approximately 2800 pixels on the longest dimension. Please select the highest quality and lowest compression possible for each image.
- Each image should be titled as “organization's name__#” (e.g., American Museum of Art_3.jpg)
- Include an image list (saved onto the CD/DVD in Word or PDF format), numbered in the corresponding order images appear on CD . The image list can include the title of work, date of work, media/materials, dimensions, etc. Also Include a brief explanation of the image or work, if necessary.
Guidelines for Videos
- Up to 20 minutes of video (in MPEG-4 format only), representing work completed within the last five years, may be submitted.
- DVD/video information must be included (title, date, length of work, production information-i.e., camera, editing, producer, director) , either within the video itself, or saved onto the CD/DVD in Word or PDF format.
- Only three- to five-minute excerpts of up to four works will be considered.
Please do not send any additional materials; the Advisory Committee will not review unsolicited material.